Voice work in theater 1/3 : articulation


The voice is the actor's main tool on stage. But mastering this tool requires a certain amount of practice and specific training.

What is it about ? 

In the field of theater, the work of the voice on stage can be classified into three categories: 

  • Articulation 
  • Breathing 
  • Vocal power 

Today, we are going to focus on the question of articulation, a central subject in the work of interpretation. Indeed, who has never been annoyed in front of a film or at the theater by having to stretch out his ear excessively to try to catch the dialogue of the protagonists ? 

Where to start ? 

First of all, it is important to start by warming up your voice. 

Start by closing your mouth, keeping your throat and jaw relaxed. Breathe in through your stomach and make the sound "mmh" while chewing in all directions, as if you were chewing a large piece of gum. 

You can then massage your face and open your mouth wide, stick out your tongue, make faces, use all the muscles of your face. 

Repeat over and over, deliberately exaggerating some articulation phrases. 
You can find many articulation phrases on the internet or in bookstores, choose a mix of easy and difficult phrases for you to progress. 

If you feel that articulation is an area that you have some difficulty with, you can also practice by placing a pencil between your teeth to force yourself to articulate. 

And where to take classes to improve ? 

At Apolline we offer very complete acting classes, the first part of the class is dedicated to specific warm-ups to allow actors to develop the right tools for their career. 

Don't hesitate to come to the classes that interest you ! At Apolline, we are committed to providing students with warm and welcoming classes in which they can develop their skills with confidence.