Summer Colony Workshop

The Spoken Word
The Actor and Rich Text/Heightened Language

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.


This workshop will focus on the core fundamentals of voice and speech to explore and work the principles of performing text for understanding, clarity of thinking, melody of meaning, and expressiveness using mechanics and connected emotional intention in the service of storytelling.

We will use selections from the great texts of classical theatre, poetry, and famous speeches. The workshop will be six daytime sessions from 11:00am to 4:30pm with a sharing of the work at the end of the week. The day will begin with warm-ups and exercises and the personal exploration of creating vibrations and sound. The second part of the day will be used exploring principles of speech using selected texts for exercises within the group.

Attendees will select a 2-minute piece of heightened language, classical dramatic speech, or poem that has a personal connection. We will work on these pieces in the group and in short individual instruction. The workshop members will perform their pieces (script-in-hand) at a reading/performance to the Sedona Colony and invited guests at the end of the week.

The classwork is personal work and tailored to each individual?s journey on the continuum of performance language and speech. Therefore this workshop can serve as a great tune-up, check-in, and stretch for trained actors, or as a concentrated introduction for interested and avid students. These principles serve actors in their Art and work but also apply to the skills for business and professional speech.

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 received his voice and speech training and MFA at SMU?s Meadows School of the Arts studying under Peggy Loft (co-founder of Juilliard with Edith Skinner). The training at SMU included studying with master teachers Cicely Berry of the Royal Shakespeare Company and Patsy Rodenburg (head of the Guildhall School and coach for the Royal National Theatre).

Tom has served as speech and dialect coach for professional theatre productions of Shakespeare and for A-list actors in major feature film. This past year Tom played the title role of the staged reading of Titus Andronicus at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival, and was in rotating rep of Chekov?s The Seagull with Stupid F***ing Bird at Louisiana State University?s Resident Theatre. As a member of Actor?s Equity for over 25 years, Tom has performed in over 70 productions across the country including: Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard, Tartuffe, All My Sons, You Never Can Tell, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Lie of the Mind, Lend Me a Tenor, Noises Off, and Pride and Prejudice playing Mr. Bennet opposite his wife Cristine McMurdo-Wallis. Tom was in the original Off Broadway cast of Peter Parnell's Hyde in Hollywood at Playwrights Horizons directed by Gerald Gutierrez. He was a guest artist at Oberlin Conservatory in Taming of the Shrew with Peter Needham of the RSC and as Mr. Peachum in Threepenny Opera.

Tom has taught workshops in The Actor and Rich Text / Heightened Language at University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Santa Fe College, Ekerd College and at various theatres. In addition to being a life coach for individuals creating their best lives, Tom hosts a podcast called ArtUp Bootcamp and is currently developing an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet with the main characters at 70 years old (and their kids not wanting them to get married).







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