Embodied Voice & Presence Workshops



Speak the Speech– Shakespeare’s Monologues:

We will develop your presence through the prism of Patsy Rodenburg’s Three Circles of Energy™

We will work on body, breath, voice, range and speech in order to meet each word fully physically, intellectually and emotionally in readiness for the text to work us. You will get to choose from a selection of Shakespeare’s monologues for this workshop.


The play is the thing – preparation and rehearsal in Second Circle™

Get ready to ride a roller coaster of heightened speech and emotion that will test and hone your skills as we enter the world of Sophocles’ Greek Tragedy in ensemble in preparation to speak Oedipus Rex in its entirety.

Building on the scaffold built in Day 1, this day’s work will help you develop your ability to read and perform heightened speech under the intense pressure required to maintain rhythm and tempo, ensemble play, chorus work and sight reading all while remaining in Second Circle™ physically, vocally, intellectually and emotionally in order to play the text as written and meet the play fully in preparation to rehearse.


Go make thee ready!


While it is recommended to participate in both days for optimal impact, Days 1 and 2 can be taken individually. However, in order to participate in Day 2, you must participate in Day 1 if you have not worked with Mark on the topics covered in Day 1 in a previous workshop or course.


“The readiness is all”: William Shakespeare, Act V Sc.ii Hamlet

This full day intensive workshop is driven by Patsy Rodenburg’s Three Circles of Energy™ and informed by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq. We will get into our naturally alert but relaxed bodies, connect with our breaths and open our attention to enter a primal state of readiness. “When the body is alive the voice is alive” is what Jacques Lecoq answered me when I asked when we going to work on our voices. In my time at Ecole Jacques Lecoq have no memory of people losing their voices performing extreme vocal feats as from animal work & Melodrama to Commedia and Buffon.

Embodied now, we prepare to meet language fully physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We work with language that is crafted and forged to be spoken at a heightened level to awaken these dynamics. We will learn how Shakespeare’s words will work you by learning how to work them. We enter ready, without agenda and hold the room as lead actors and speak the text… now we are tested and learn our primary tensions and habits. A glorious moment as we now know the enemies of our presence and what work to do in order to be done with them.

So, if you are ready, gird your loins and come plough the field to attain consistency in your work in this dynamic and highly practical Embodied Voice and Presence workshop for Actors.


Book your spot, contact Chara.
Email: markdowneyvoice@gmail.com
Next Workshops:
To be announced.


Cork, Ireland-  SOLD OUT
Where: Theatre Development Centre
When: February 9th Saturday- 10am – 6pm
Limited Spots Available.
Dublin, Ireland- SOLD OUT
Where: Liffey Trust Studios
When: February 10th- Sunday 10am-6pm
Limited Spots Available.
Lisbon,Portugal- SOLD OUT.
Where: Ginásio do Inatel da Mouraria
When: February 23rd- Saturday 10am-6pm.
Limited Spots Available.