Shannon Holmes is a singer, actor, director, writer and educator whose work revolves voice.
She holds a BFA with a Major in Theatre Performance, Minor in Music (Concordia University, Canada), a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts (Goddard College US) and is currently pursuing a PhD at The University of Birmingham, UK, in Theatre and Drama Studies. Her research focuses on how the integration of somatic methodologies used in actor and dance training may be used in the development of techniques for the classically trained singer to free vocal expression from technical restraints. She has presented her research internationally and is an award winning author.
Shannon has extensive training in a large and diverse range of vocal techniques including bel canto, Roy Hart, Linklater, and is certified as an Associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. As well, she uses interdisciplinary methods that span theatre, dance, music, somatic practices in her approach to voice training. In addition, she is the artistic director of SoMoTheatre, a company dedicated to the creation of interdisciplinary performance that explores the intersection of singing and speech. Her solo show The Crook of Your Arm debuted at The New York Frigid Festival. In 2016 the show was presented at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s studio stage The Other Place at Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK. Shannon currently teaches voice, speech and singing in the Theatre Department of Concordia University as well as the Professional Theatre Programs at John Abbott and Dawson Colleges.
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