Summer Colony Workshop

Discovering and Celebrating
Your True Voice

Thomas Eldon Anderson

August 6–11, 2018


11:00am - 4:30pm - daily 6 days
Public Performance on Aug 11th

Tuition: $1195
Includes Lodging August 5–11 with welcome dinner on Aug 5 and breakfast and dinner daily August 6–11 (10am & 5pm) plus breakfast at 10am on August 12th. Meals, Lodging and Workshop all take place on the Verde Valley School Campus.


Your voice represents your unique communication path to the world around you. Speaking with grounded clarity and truth creates an engaged and persuasive presence that connects us to others whether it’s conversationally, within a work presentation, or in a true performance situation. Using professional theatre exercises we will explore and strengthen the important connections between mind, body and spirit to enhance your voice within your authentic being. We will examine breath and vibration, and then explore sound and tone. We will then delve into how the voice works to create words, understanding, clarity of thinking, melody of meaning, and story. We will dive into some of the world’s great writing including classic speeches, poetry, theatre, and other collected stories of wisdom through the ages.

The workshop will be six daytime sessions from 11:00am to 4:30pm. The day will begin with warm-ups and exercises and personal exploration. The second part of the day will be used discovering the principles of speech (vowels, diphthongs, consonants, cadence, tempo, pitch, etc.) and then we will practice these ideas with passages taken from world’s greatest writing.

Participants will select a favorite 2-3 minute piece of writing that has a deep personal connection for them. We will work on these pieces within the group and with individual instruction. The workshop will conclude with sharing our work and favorite writings (script-in-hand; no memorizing) with fellow residents of Sedona Colony 2018.

The classwork is joyful and fun and tailored to the individual journey we each of us make developing our own natural voices. Though the work never ends it does continue to be filled with surprises and discoveries along the way. This workshop can serve as a wonderful introduction or as a continuing exploration. Suitable for anyone interested in aligning mind, body, and spirit through breath, vibration and the power of the human voice. Open to all ages and interests.

This workshop is part of the Sedona Summer Colony Residency Program , an artist-in-residence partnership project between Verde Valley School and the Sedona Arts Center. The entire Summer Colony runs July 20th through Aug 12th. You can explore preceding your workshop with a private residency by clicking HERE. Sedona Summer Colony Artist Residencies are available July 20 - Aug 11, 2018. Day residency rates for this workshop are available to those that live within the Sedona area. Call the Sedona Arts Center at 928-282-3809 to explore this option.

TUITION: $1195

Includes Lodging August 5–11 with welcome dinner on Aug 5 and breakfast and dinner daily August 6–11 (10am & 5pm) plus breakfast at 10am on August 12th. Meals, Lodging and Workshop all take place on the Verde Valley School Campus.

Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $400 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.

Class meets 11am–4:30pm daily

Cancellation/Refund Policy: The $400 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $400.00 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable. There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all money paid will be refunded in full.

About Thomas Eldon Anderson

Tom has served as speech and dialect coach for professional theatre productions of Shakespeare and for A-list actors in major feature film. A member of Actor’s Equity for 27 years, Tom has performed in over 70 productions across the country. Tom has taught voice, speech, and acting workshops at University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Santa Fe College, Ekerd College and at various theatres. Tom is a professional Mentor/Coach for Artists and Entrepreneurs helping them become creative warriors. He hosts a podcast called ArtUp Bootcamp available on iTunes.
Tom received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Intercultural and Interracial Communications from Ithaca College, and an M.F.A. in Classical Theatre from Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts. The training at SMU included studying with master teachers Peggy Loft (co-founder Julliard Theatre program), Cicely Berry (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Patsy Rodenburg (Guildhall School and Royal National Theatre) and many other master teachers.







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