Submit a Proposal for the 2017 Annual Conference

All are welcome and encouraged to submit a conference session proposal for presentation at the 2017 conference at Penn State University, State College, Pa.  The Deadline for submissions is October 1st, 2016.  Please use the electronic form to submit your proposals.  For questions or guidance contact Barry Kur, Conference Coordinator, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

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Click HERE to fill out your Proposal for Lessac Training and Research Institute Conference 2017

Here are some examples of sessions from recent conferences

Group FLoating at PennStateExploring the Suzuki Method of Actor Training Through the Familiar Events of the Lessac Work: Power Without Pain Strength Without Strain
In this practice-based research workshop these instructors will be sharing connections discovered between the Suzuki method of actor training and the Kinesensic and the feeling process. Participants will play with the commonalities inherently felt and perceived in both approaches. A discussion will follow in hopes to solidify theories for publication
Presenters Robin Aronson University of Southern Mississippi,Eric Berryman professional actor, Courtney E Brown TexasTech University

Music and Early Childhood Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
A paper presentation focusing on implementing music as part of educating the deaf and hard of hearing. The presenter is in the process of developing curriculum toward this goal.  This presentation may in turn evoke a discussion of how the Lessac work maybe integrated.  This session will also encourage Lessac practitioners toward outreach efforts to the deaf community.
Presenter Rebecca Tumberello Hunter College

Consonant Orchestra iBookWhat can iBooks do to Facilitate Teaching of the Consonant Orchestra
Presentation of the development of an interactive iBook as a student’s companion workbook to Arthur Lessac’s Use and Training of the Human Voice .  The workbook focuses on multi-sensory awareness of orchestra instruments and their relationship to the Lessac consonant orchestra.
Presenter Laurie Mufson, Mercersburg Academy

Tuning Out or Tuning Up ? Is There a Place for the Lessac Tune Up in the Digital World?
As technology is changing and evolving are there ways that the Lessac work can embrace emerging technology? The presenter will share her grant supported recording of a vocal-body tuneup followed by dialogue about what this emerging marketplace could mean for us as an institute both financially and creatively.
Presenter Crystal Robbins,  Santa Monica College, UCLA, theaterPLAY

Deepening the Connections in Actor Training, Lessac and Michael Chekhov
This workshop presentation will explore how the Lessac Kenesensically aware actor/student can more easily connect their voice-body training to their acting through the Michael Chekhov actior work.
Presenter Amy Blesing, University of New Hampshire


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Children’s Stories as an Assessment Tool for Vocal NRGs
This workshop presentation will reveal how the presenter has used children’s stories (particularly board books designed for young toddlers) as an assessment tool for the vocal NRGs in a college-level voice class.
Presenter Melissa Hurt

Body Knowledge: Intersections of Lessac KInesensics and Droznin Physical Actor Training
This workshop will explore the integration of exercises from Droznin physical actor training and Lessac Kinesensics. Participants will experience of progression of integrated exercises that cultivate individual, partner, and ensemble awareness and expressivity.
Presenter Heather Huggins, DAI Theatre Collective Schools