Crystal Robbins

Crystal Robbins

Santa Monica College
Theatre Arts Dept.
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405

310-434-8927

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Current Affiliations

Santa Monica College
UCLA
SAG, AEA, VASTA, ATME

Degrees

BFA in Theatre Performance, University of Memphis- 1988,
British American Drama Academy (Oxford)- 1992 with Mary Corrigan (voice) and Julian Curry (acting),
Private Voice, Speech and Body Training with Arthur Lessac from 1998-2002,

Specializations

Voice, Speech and Body Training
SAG, AEA, VASTA, ATME

Statement

I work with the whole body in finding good, focused tone, in discovering the musicality inherent in language and character and in correcting the misuse of the voice through years of neglect. My teaching is that of an encourager, in supporting the artist/student’s goals and giving them the opportunity to discover the many choices at their disposal. I have found that teaching is one of the most creative jobs out there and I invest my teaching with the style and energy of an artist myself. Each student asks for different ways of communicating material, to suit their backgrounds, philosophies and previous training and I adapt and challenge myself to provide such tailored responses to the individual. My extensive background as a professional performer provides the forum for me to relate the value of good vocal health coupled with the experience of a performer who has “been there, done that”. Those who do, MUST TEACH. It is the only way to pass down the material in its most distilled efficient method. What we teach WORKS, because I’ve personally experienced it. I’ve seen it change the body, voice and the spirit. My experience as a voice teacher/coach has enriched my life and has changed my person.

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