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School of Performing and Visual Arts

Lessac Kinesensics Training

Lessac Kinesensic Training is unique in its holistic, comprehensive and creative approach to all aspects of developing the body and the voice, for speech and singing and as creative instruments of communication. In voice and speech classes at Southern Miss, students gain ways to further incorporate effective and deep breathing, body alignment and flexibility, vocal and physical endurance, vocal resonance and power, articulation and intelligibility; classes also cultivate the unique quality of the individual.
 
 

USM Professor of Voice and Acting and Lessac Certified Trainer, Robin Aronson and Sheldon Mba (MFA Performance Candidate, 2020) engaging in full body resonation for high stakes while sustaining a healthy vocal instrument.

Mel Angelo, (MFA Performance Alumni 2019 and Lessac Practitioner) exploring balance and flexibility.

B Peyton MFA (MFA Performance Candidate, 2021) utilizing forward facial orientation for a fuller, richer sound.

Jonathan Andrew, (MFA Performance Alumni 2019 and Lessac Practitioner) small ball rolling to strengthen the spine and access deeper breath capacity in the body.

Master Lessac Teacher, Barry Kur guiding Christian Cooper (MFA Performance Candidate, 2020) and Jonathan Andrew (MFA Performance Alumni 2019 and Lessac Practitioner) in Buddy Squats for lengthening the spine, elongated alignment and engaged breathing.

Mel Angelo (MFA Performance Alumni 2019 and Lessac Practitioner 2019) Travis Ascione (MFA Performance Candidate 2021), B Peyton (MFA Performance Candidate 2021) and Morgan Baker (MFA Performance Candidate 2021) engaging in a consonant scat band for enjoying rhythm and musicality while enhancing clarity and intelligibility in speech.

What Will I Learn? 

For the MFA Performance program, Department of Theatre professor Robin Aronson has developed a six semester Graduate Voice (THE 670L) curriculum offering semester long courses in the areas of voiceover acting, dialects, musical theatre, and oral interpretation.

In addition, based on her experience teaching the Lessac Kinesensic voice and movement curriculum in Europe at the University of Rijeka in Croatia as well as teaching at the Lessac Institute Summer Intensive held on the campus of DePauw University, Aronson has now designed and implemented a plan of study for graduate students to learn the Lessac voice and body work for one year as the foundation for their voice and speech work in the classroom as well as in production.

Unique to this program, at the end of the year-long study, students are given the opportunity to reach Lessac Practitioner status by passing an exam administered by a Lessac Master Teacher. Achieving Practitioner status is a very prestigious level of achievement for voice and speech specialists. This is certainly an exciting and significant accomplishment for Southern Miss. This is the first program to engage in this type of program globally, therefore, putting both the University and the Department of Theatre on the map as a leader in the voice and speech discipline.