Feb. 19, 2004

Contact: Charla Jenkins, University Theatre, (785) 864-2684.

British vocal authority to present public lecture demonstration Feb. 26 at KU

LAWRENCE -- Andrew Wade, former head of voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon, England, will be at the University of Kansas Feb. 23 through 27. He will present a public lecture demonstration, "Pioneering the Actor's Voice: The Royal Shakespeare Company," from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Inge Theatre in Murphy Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In addition, Wade and Paul Meier, KU professor of theatre and film and head of the University Theatre's voice and diction program, will participate in a brown bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre lobby.

While he is at KU, Wade also will work with performance students in the KU Department of Theatre and Film, conducting workshops in the unique voice techniques that have made him sought-after throughout the English-speaking theatre world.

Wade also will conduct master classes demonstrating his voice techniques in performance classes taught by Meier, Jack Wright, John Staniunas and Mechele Leon. Sessions in 209 Murphy are from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. Feb. 23; 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Feb. 24 and 26; and 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Feb. 25. The classes are open to all students, space permitting. Meier said students should wear comfortable warm-up clothes and bring a piece of Shakespeare text to work on.

Wade received a diploma in drama and a certificate in education from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in 1976. In 2002, he was a fellow of Rose Bruford College. He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as assistant company voice director and was named head of voice in 1990. Among the directors he has worked with at the RSC are Michael Attenborough, Alan Ayckbourn, Peter Gill, Sam Mendes and Trevor Nunn. With Cicely Berry he directed and devised poetry programs in a number of areas including a program in 1990-91 "Teaching Shakespeare: Texts and Performance," jointly organized with the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Wade also has served on the board of directors for Theatre Centre Young People's Theatre Company and the British Voice Association. He has worked closely with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, both based in Stratford, in their various courses for such visiting student groups as those from Cambridge University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Munich, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the universities of Groningen and Amsterdam, the University of Zurich and the University of Bonn. Wade has worked extensively in more than 20 countries and, according to Meier, "is one of the world's leading experts on voice, speech and classical texts."

Wade's residency is supported by the Julie Stough Fund, KU Department of Theatre and Film, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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