MICHAEL CORBIDGE

International voice coach, Senior Voice and Text Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Welcome to my Shakespeare world!


In July 2020 I am offering  Shakespeare Summer Schools in the wonderful market town of Oswestry in Shropshire, England.

Join me for a six day Immersive Summer

school or a three day intensive Essence Workshop or a one day Sonnet Workshop using the glorious local countryside to revel in Shakespeare's text and find the heart of your voice.

 

JOIN ME FOR A SHORT INTENSIVE WORKSHOP,  A LONGER IMMERSIVE COURSE OR A ONE DAY SONNET EXTRAVAGANZA STAYING IN YOUR CHOICE OF LOCAL ACCOMMODATION.

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ESSENTIAL SHAKESPEARE - THREE DAY WORKSHOP
FINDING YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE

Surrounded by the idyllic countryside of the Wales/Shropshire border this is an ideal opportunity to let Shakespeare’s language live in natural surroundings.


The essence of acting Shakespeare. In a small group - max 10 - this workshop intensifies the training and becomes more ‘bespoke', tailoring characters to actors and working closely with the individual voice and the ‘acting tool box’. Tuition over over days from the afternoon of arrival to the morning of departure. 

Work outside will be complimented by study in newly opened studios in the centre of Oswestry, a traditional English market town.

Choice of dates July 2020.  You can register your interest without commitment here.

Full course detail here.

First Essence course fully booked.  Places available 14-17th July and on the Sonnet Munch and Crunch July 18th

IMMERSIVE SHAKESPEARE
DISCOVER THE DEPTHS AND BEAUTY OF THE TEXT

Over six days from Friday afternoon to Thursday morning we will mine the glorious depths of Shakespeare's work. 

Working on voice, text and dramatic technique you will leave with a unique sense why Shakespeare's texts are still studied and loved after more than four centuries.

No one will leave without new skills

to enhance their work on stage or off.

Working in a light and airy studio and staying in local accommodation of your choice. 

We will work together, eat together and create an amazing experience over the six days.

July 3rd - 9th, 2020. You can register your interest without commitment here.

Full course details here.

FULLY BOOKED

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ONE DAY SONNET MUNCH AND CRUNCH!

A poetic day workshopping and a chance to unlock some of the 154 Sonnets penned by the master poet William Shakespeare.


An opportunity to get up close and vocally personal with his themes of love, beauty mortality and the passage of time.


Whether they are spoken to the fair youth, or the rival poet or indeed the fair lady, whether fictitious or autobiographical we are going on a Sonnet Hunt that’s for sure with some visceral and physical text detecting thrown in. All equipment provided.


This workshop will provide participants with some of the essential skills and fundamental tool kit to explore the Voice and Shakespeare’s poetry actively and so build secure text detection and vocal strategies that are exciting, dynamic and fun enabling you to release the poetry beast within!

No experience necessary

Sonnet Monster Costumes provided!

You can register your interest without commitment here.

BOOK WITH THE THREE DAY ESSENCE WORKSHOP AND GET THE SONNET DAY HALF PRICE!

 

ABOUT ME

My passion is for Shakespeare and I want to spend time with you all sharing my love of voice and the joys of his text.


I am a Senior Voice and Text Associate with the Royal Shakespeare Company and an Associate Educational Practitioner with the RSC Education Department.

I have my own studio in Kent, The Colour Voice Studio where I teach my Elemental Shakespeare methodology as well as running these summer schools in the glorious countryside on the Wales/Shropshire border.

I teach widely across the United Kingdom at schools, colleges and universities and also have a presence at a number of global universities including China, Singapore, America and Europe.

In the corporate world voice is crucial for presentation and communication.  As a global corporate trainer I have worked for many prestigious companies including Bloomberg, Tata, Mastercard and American Express.

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WHAT MY STUDENTS SAY ...

From community theatre to the Royal Shakespeare Company, from actors to directors  and corporate trainers ... here are a few of my testimonials ..

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The “Essence” weekend with Michael was very special.  It is very hard to describe a personal journey but I knew that I had a voice locked in somewhere that I could not find.  I don’t usually feel nervous or inhibited on stage – just slightly unreal and pretending – not tapping into the soul of the text.  By working on text over the weekend, especially outdoors in the real world rather than a rehearsal room, I found that voice and could open my heart.  Michael made me feel very safe exploring the text and it just happened – very exciting and liberating.

An Essence weekend student

The excellent quality of the class exceeded by far my expectations!
Michael is such a generous, open and wonderful teacher and person and I don't think I could learn more in 4 days! I feel stronger as an actor and confident to tackle any Shakespearean text!
I hope this course repeats next year with him. Ideally, it can be 7 days or even longer, so even more stages of his process are covered!
Vavara Pomoni
Actress

I had already seen Michael at work with amateur actors before he started his workshop with our Bar Professional Training course students- so I had some idea what to expect. However, even that could not have prepared me for the impact he was able to have on our students - who come from overseas as well as from the UK.  Colleagues who joined us were blown away by his innovation, his perception, his mastery of text and his insight into the use of voice and body.  The students were engaged from the very start.
Angela Devereux  
Director - Centre for Professional Legal Studies, Cardiff Law School

 
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