Jane Boston, BA, MA, ADVS, DLT

Job title

Principal Lecturer, Course Leader MA/MFA Voice Studies, Head of The International Network for Voice

Profile

I am a voice practitioner, actor trainer, researcher, performer, poet, singer and guitarist. I have extensive international experience as a voice consultant and trainer, feminist theatre performer and actor trainer in conservatoires, theatre companies and businesses in Japan, Colombia, Argentina, Romania, Australia, the US and the UK.

My research is about the perception of vocal sound in the body and its links to gender, the relational experience and the enablement of access to public platforms. I have interests in the documentation of voice in the history of theatre practice in Western Europe and the USA, intergenerational feminist music performance and the poetics and embodied reading of Elizabeth Bishop’s work.

I received my BA in English and American Studies at the University of Sussex, an MA in Women’s Studies at the University of Kent, an Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies (ADVS) at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Kristin Linklater teacher designation in 2015 (DLT).

After ten years writing and performing with the all-women Siren Theatre, I took up voice posts at the National Youth Theatre, The Poor School, Middlesex Polytechnic, the BA in Acting at Central, and Roehampton University. I took up a senior practitioner voice post at RADA in 1999 and as Head of Research and Development in 2004. In 2010, I took up the post at Central to run the MA/MFA in Voice Studies and head up the International Network for Voice (INV).

Courses

Voice Studies, MA/MFA

Teaching Areas

  • Vocal Anatomy
  • Performing Research
  • Practical Voice
  • Embodied text
  • Practice as Research

Key Publications

2014. ‘Poetic text in contemporary voice training: a repositioning’ Voice and Speech Review, 8.2, 131-148, DOI: 10.1080/23268263.2014.906957

2009. Teaching Stanislavski: Case Study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Palatine)

2009. Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice A Collection of essays on Breath and Performance edited by Jane Boston and Rena Cook (London: Jessica Kingsley)

2007. Revision of Clifford Turner’s Voice and Speech in the Theatre, Sixth Edition (Methuen)

2007. Performance Breath DVD (RADA)

1997. 'Voice: the Practitioners, their Practices, and their Critics', New Theatre Quarterly, xiii .248-254 51 August

Practice

My practice involves public engagement activities at the Wellcome Trust (2016) and the BBC’s Natural History Unit, curating for Being Human Festival Central, in association with the Female Voice event at the National Theatre (2014), VASTA conference (2014), Breath Conference RADA (2007), consultancy for Google (2013), directorial work (co-directed Alice Oswald’s Memorial (Brighton Festival, 2012), master-classes for Blake Society and Poel Festival (2012), music performance with Siren (2014-2016), senior voice training for RADA in Business where clients included Siemens, BP and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2005-11) and chairing Shakespeare North education sub-committee (2009-2016).

Conflicts of Interest

Nothing to declare.

E-mail

jane.boston@cssd.ac.uk