Position: Lecturer, Voice and Alexander Technique
Study area: Performing arts
Location: Camp Street Campus, Old Law Courts Building, Room C203
Phone: 5327 8686
Master Visual and Performing Arts (Charles Sturt University),
Advanced Diploma in Alexander Technique Teaching (SOFMAS),
Licentiate in Speech and Drama (AMEB),
Grad Dip Education and Training (University of Melbourne),
Associate in Speech and Drama (AMEB),
Diploma Acting (Guildford School of Acting, UK)
- PAATV1001, Voice and the Actor 1
- PAATV1002, Voice and the Actor 2
- PAATV2003, Voice and the Actor 3
- PATV2004, Voice and the Actor 4
- PAATP3001, Professional Practice Voice
- PAATA1001, Theatre Practice 1
- PAATA1002, Theatre Practice 2
- MTACT1001, Music Theatre Voice
Julianne originally trained as an actor in the UK where she worked both in theatre and television before returning to Australia and specialising as a vocal coach. She has spent the past 25 years working with performers, students, teachers, business professionals and anyone interested in exploring their voices. Her work focuses on the dynamic relationship between vocal and physical expression. She believes that the voice does not operate in isolation from the mind and body and she is particularly interested in investigating and developing these subtle connections with her students.
Before joining the Arts Academy in 2008, Julianne taught voice at the National Theatre Drama School and at the Victorian College of the Arts on the Acting and Musical Theatre programs. Her interest in working with the embodied voice led her to embark on a three-year Alexander Technique Training course. In 2005, Julianne qualified as an Alexander Technique teacher from the School for F M Alexander Studies in Melbourne.
Alexander Technique underpins her teaching practice because she believes it affords the actor in training time to attune the senses to appreciate the beauty and clarity of the three dimensional ‘self’. The human design is the central organising principle that is key to all human movement. This fundamental value that Alexander termed ‘primary control’ Julianne refers to as ‘a place of possibility' – a place that is not restricted by unnecessary tension in either the body or the mind, a place where the imagination can respond with immediacy, creativity, and spontaneity. Alexander Technique provides a context for students to recognise the space between a stimulus and a reaction and gives them an opportunity to make choices and respond appropriately to the moment.
Julianne has been invited to present Alexander Technique and voice workshops at local, national and international conferences on voice and performance.
In 2011 Julianne was awarded an ALTC citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. In 2015 Julianne was part of the team of lecturers on the Acting Program that received the Vice Chancellor’s excellence in teaching award.
Areas of expertise
- Voice and speech
- Alexander Technique
- Effective communication
Vocaleze: Developing and facilitating workshops designed to enhance effective communication skills. This short course covers the ability to remain present and alive in the moment free from anxiety, empowering the speaker to engage the audience thereby capturing their attention, consequently influencing outcomes.
24Hour Ballarat: An interweaving of visual and performing arts performance. Slide projections of evolved drawings inspired by improvisation formed the backdrop to the improvised performance. Collaboration and spontaneity were cornerstone of these improvised works.
JAR: Improvised performances inspired by art works at Art Gallery of Ballarat
Mechtron: Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou: Performed in the community theatre piece that explored the social and pedagogical issues facing public education. Working with teachers, students and actors developing a theatre piece that played for three weeks at the Mechanic's Institute, Melbourne
The Essentials: Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou: A fictional account of many true stories; The Essentials presented a three-week season at Trades Hall, Melbourne. Working in conjunction with ambulance workers and the survivors of domestic violence, the group developed a theatre piece that explored the issues of the abuse of power
WATAC: (Women and the Australian Church): Working with Catholic women developing a theatre piece around their stories of oppression within the Church
Theatre of the Oppressed Public Forum Performance for Outer East Regional Housing Project: An initiative for the Wesley Community Contact Centre. I worked as part of a small company of actors, teachers, health and community workers who devised and presented a performance designed to bring public housing back on the political agenda
Deakin University Nursing Arts Laboratory: A six-week program working with third year psychiatric nursing students. We developed stories from students' experiences using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and presented a public forum dealing with an ethical dilemma.
Playgrounds Project: Co-ordinated and produced a $20,000 community youth theatre production sponsored by the City of Port Phillip. This was performed by secondary school students at the Gasworks Arts Park
- Voice and the actor and the integration of Alexander Technique in Actor training
- Effective communication
- A Mirror, A Mask and an Actor: integrating Alexander Technique into early actor training. Chapter in Galvinizing Performances, Ed Cathy Madden and Kathleen Juhl. Pending publication 2017
- Voice workshops and AT workshops for annual AMEB Speech and Drama seminars
- Alexander Technique and effective speaking – Tertiary Studies Information seminar.
- Developing a Profile' AUSTAT National Conference, Canberra. ACT
- A Mirror, A Mask and an Actor – Alexander Technique and Performance Conference, VCA, University of Melbourne
- The Art of Voice and the Embodied Actor: reinventing the tradition of teaching Alexander Technique with vocal pedagogy, VASTA Conference workshop presentation, Royal Collage, London.
- AUSTAT Conference: Workshop presentation of A Mirror, A Mask and an Actor: Integrating Alexander technique in early actor training.
- Australian Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AUSTAT)
- British Voice Association (BVA)
- Voice and Speech Teachers Association (VASTA)
- Australasian Drama and Performance Studies Association (ADSA)