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COM 63 — The Right to Speak: Finding and Freeing Your Natural Voice

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Oct 13—Dec 1
Time: 7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Oct 15
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $510
Instructor(s): Ted DesMaisons
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
7:00—9:05 pm (PT)
Oct 13—Dec 1
7 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 15
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Ted DesMaisons
Registration opens Aug 22, 8:30 am (PT)
Please Note: No class on November 24
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Savvy business leaders, skillful teammates, wise parents, and theater professionals all inherently understand the same truth: effective vocal delivery makes the difference between being ignored and achieving a desired impact. The good news: you were born with a ready presence and an open voice. It’s in your DNA, a birthright gift for your survival. The challenge: you have almost certainly developed habits, stresses, and tensions that inhibit your fundamental ability to communicate.

In this course, we will identify and dissolve such restrictions by applying the same safe, playful, and practical exercises that renowned British voice and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg has used successfully with Oscar winners, Olympic gold medalists, and global business leaders. Drawing inspiration from her book The Right to Speak: Working with the Voice, we will learn to inhabit the “Second Circle,” a physical and attitudinal way of being that promotes grounded confidence, ready connection, and easy charisma. With that presence in place, you will begin to coordinate the body, breath, and voice so that your communication gains its natural clarity and power. Students will come away from the course noticing profound shifts in how they move and speak in the world.

Founder and Principal, ANIMA Learning

Ted DesMaisons has studied, performed, and taught improvisation internationally, is a trained mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) instructor, and has studied with British acting, voice, and presence coach Patsy Rodenburg. He cohosts Monster Baby, a podcast on improvisation and mindfulness, and he is the author of Playful Mindfulness. He received an MBA from Stanford and an MTh from Harvard.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Ted DesMaisons, Playful Mindfulness: a joyful journey to everyday confidence, calm, and connection (ISBN 978-1950373000)