August 3, 2020
We’re back in the studio and I’m able to look my students in the eye. What a seemingly simple gift that I will never take for granted again!
From a young age, humans are drawn to each other’s eyes. Scientists have found that babies follow adults eyes rather than just their head movement. Eye contact is in our DNA!
July 23, 2020
This week we’re launching the Fable Street Project – a collaboration with a speech and drama institute in Mumbai, India!
July 7, 2020
I think we can all agree 2020 has been a rather upside-down year. As a teacher, it’s certainly provided some challenges, as well as some totally unexpected opportunities.
June 17, 2020
Last week, the voice community farewelled a leader in our field: my teacher, mentor and much-admired colleague, Kristin Linklater. Kristin passed away on 5 June, age 84, at her home in Orkney, having left a profound impact on voice teaching and actor training across the world. I first came across Kristin’s work when I was […]
June 3, 2020
We’re all locked up to some degree at the moment. Even though the official ‘lockdown’ in Sydney is starting to ease, there are so many events, shows and public speaking opportunities that were scheduled for our young community of speakers, which they will simply miss. Events such as the Inner West Eisteddfod and other public […]
April 20, 2020
Towards the end of term one we made the decision to move all classes online. Within a week, the government announced strict social distancing measures that meant we had to go online immediately, so we’re proud that our studio community had already prepared for this change. The response to online classes has been overwhelmingly positive, […]
March 19, 2020
Dear Families, From Monday 23 March, all Viva Voice classes will be delivered online via Zoom. The teachers and I have been preparing for this possibility for some time and are ready to commence online class delivery. Many students have been involved in our trial online classes, for which we are incredibly grateful. Feedback has […]
March 12, 2020
This month we celebrated International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March. As such, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on how the skills gained in speech and drama can help young girls grow into confident young women. 1. They learn how to make themselves heard It is a natural habit of […]
February 6, 2020
Dear Families, At this time of year I usually send a welcome message and hope that everyone has enjoyed a restful, rejuvenating break. But the events of this summer mean many are settling into the new year with a heavy heart, confusion and sadness. Students in our community directly felt the impact of the tragedy […]
February 1, 2020
At this time of year you will have had those conversations around the dinner table – will your child continue learning their musical instrument? Will they return to soccer again? How about trying a term or two of gymnastic? Or yoga? Jujitsu? Hip hop? The options for young people are endless! Especially in a thriving, […]
December 4, 2019
Last Saturday, our 5th Annual Showcase was the biggest ever. A number of students performed for the first time and others returned to the limelight where they love to be! The showcase is an opportunity to bring together students from Voice and Acting™ and Drama classes, as well as students who receive private coaching throughout […]
February 27, 2019
We’ve helped many students prepare monologues and group projects over the years, and we’ve identified some key strategies for nailing your performances and surviving the year. Amy Hume compiles all the best tips from teachers who’ve worked HSC Drama students at Viva Voice.
January 7, 2019
Amy Hume answers your most Frequently Asked Questions about getting an agent, so that you feel prepared to discuss the possibility with your child.
November 20, 2018
Saturday 3 November was a big day for the Viva Voice community as our students gathered for the Annual Showcase at Actors Centre in Leichhardt. This was the forth showcase, and by far the biggest one yet with over 95 students participating. Our Creative Director, Amy Hume, reflects on the magical evening.
October 21, 2018
In this interview, Viva students Rafqa (16), Antonia (12), Hannah (13) and Anabel (10) share their tips for combatting nerves, how speech and drama has helped them with their extra curricular activities, and show off their rap skills.
August 24, 2018
In our first joint sibling interview, Anthony Sarcasmo Gerdes and Salina Sarcasmo Gerdes discuss their AMEB accreditations, how speech and drama has influenced their confidence, and give excellent advice for memorising pieces!
July 4, 2018
Hanna started coming to Drama classes in 2017 “when she was little three and big three”. Even though she was the smallest in her class, Hanna set a wonderful example of diving into the action and getting involved in every activity and performance!
June 21, 2018
Reading aloud may be the secret ingredient you’re looking for to help your child break out of their shy shell. It’s a simple homework task that you already do every week, so how can you make the most of it and help your child build self-confidence? Isabel Dickson shares some top tips from the Viva Voice teachers that you can implement with your child at home.
February 28, 2018
There’s so much on offer for children these days, it can be hard to choose the activities that are going to be most useful and enjoyable for them. But ask a self-assured and confident speaker what activity they are most grateful they did as a student, and they’ll tell you theatre, drama or some type of performance.
January 10, 2018
Every now and then a parent asks, ‘How can I get my child interested in debating?’ Most parents understand the benefits debating and want their child to be involved. So what can you do to spark their interest?
November 27, 2017
How time flies! Exactly one month ago, on Sunday 29 October, parents and children battled their way through Norton Street’s Italian Festival to get to Actors Centre Australia, where Viva Voice held its 2017 Showcase! Drama Teacher Carissa Licciardello reports back from the big day.
December 28, 2016
Your child may have the opportunity to join the debating team at their school at the start of the year. It’s important to be on top of the benefits of debating, to ensure your child makes an informed decision about joining the debating team.
March 21, 2016
Viva Voicer Bella Merlino has been selected as a Junior Finalist for her film Sticks and Stones in the 2016 REELise Film Festival!
October 9, 2015
Voice and Acting student Bella Merlino has created and made her own short film with her friend Millie, called Dreams and Nightmares.