Jennifer Juul Thomas

Jennifer J.

Christiansburg, VA
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Speaking Voice Lessons

Available Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I look forward to helping you discover your stronger, clearer, more expressive speaking voice. We'll create an individualized plan based on your goals and needs. Do you need to build confidence and beat stress? Would you like to speak with greater resonance, volume, clarity, pronunciation, stamina, and/or technique? In my studio, students learn with an emphasis on action and experimentation, rather than imitation. This is especially helpful for people who have tried repetition or ear training and want to do something different. It's also especially useful for those who rely on a strong and healthy voice for their profession. In addition to speaking technique, we work on breathing, movement, and posture as essential companions to a rich vocal life. I'm here to help you discover and embody your own special, powerful voice!

About Jennifer J.

If conventional approaches to improving your speaking voice aren't working for you, I can help. A teacher since 1999, I draw on a wide range of experiences and techniques. I can work with you to create an easy, enjoyable plan.I've worked with children, high school/college students, professional actors, educators, broadcasters, singers, dancers, executives, students with special needs, senior citizens, immigrants, ESL students, and refugees. I employ Lessac, Berry, Linklater, and Skinner voice and body work in addition to my own teaching methods. I am based in the beautiful mountains of Southwestern Virginia. I'm happy to answer your questions and help you grow in vocal power, skill, and confidence!

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  • Speaks Spanish, French, English
  • Teaching since 1999
  • Awarded MFA Teaching Award from University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts

Reviews (5)

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Margaret M K. Sep 25, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

Jennifer has identified several ways that I use my voice inefficiently (my description - she is much kinder in her choice of words). My homework is concrete and substantive enough so that I can experience a different way of speaking. One example is what to do with my tongue when I say specific words. I think this could make a real difference for me.

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Dmitry Jul 24, 2019
Speaking Voice · Online

I enjoyed my conversation with Jennifer. She taught me some useful exercises that help to cope with my stress. Look forward to the next lessons with Jennifer. Thank you!

Robyn Feb 22, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

Jen is great! Knowledgable and kind.

Courtney Feb 18, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

She explains everything in great detail without any stress. Very nice and she really is invested in what you want to learn She knows her stuff and knows exactly what and how to help to make you more confident in any audition, or just more skilled in what you want to learn! Fantastic teacher!

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Brandon Feb 13, 2018
Speaking Voice · In studio

Jennifer has been my consultant for any dialect or speech concern, that i come across in my acting. Due to her training, I was consistently cast throughout my college career, at Radford University School of Dance & Theatre. I now take lessons privately, in preparation for The Southeastern Theatre Conference in March.

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Experience

Voice Coach
Sep 2017 - Present

Self-employed

I am in private practice as a voice and performing arts coach. I meet with individual students and offer workshops. I work with actors, singers, teachers, public speakers, ESL students, and anyone interested in improving their vocal presence. I work on diverse aspects of the voice, including accent adjustment, resonance, and diction.

Dialect Coach
Jan 2004 - Present

Various

I provide education and support to performers engaged in learning a new accent, dialect, or other vocal energy in a theatrical production.

Professional Actor
Jun 1989 - Present

Various companies

I have performed professionally since 1989 in plays, musicals, improv companies, storytelling festivals, commercials, and film.

Associate/Assistant Professor
Aug 2005 - Jan 2017

Radford University

I taught acting, voice, and related subjects in the School of Theatre and Dance. I worked with a wide variety of students and colleagues in teaching, professional activities, and service to the University and the community.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Aug 2004 - May 2005

Marietta College

Engaged in teaching and service in a one-year position in the Department of Theatre Arts. Taught acting, voice, and related coursework.

Teaching Fellow
Aug 2002 - May 2004

University of Pittsburgh

Taught acting and musical theatre classes to University of Pittsburgh students and members of the community.

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2000 - Dec 2001

Illinois State University

I taught theatre courses and provided production support to the School of Theatre & Dance at Illinois State University.

Education

M.F.A., Performance-Pedagogy
Aug 2002 - May 2004

University of Pittsburgh

M.A., Theatre
Aug 2000 - Dec 2001

Illinois State University

B.A., Theatre
Aug 1988 - May 1993

James Madison University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Lessac Kinesensic Practitioner
Jul 2012

The Lessac Training and Research Institute

Completed over 300 hours of voice, speech, and movement training in Lessac voice and body work.

Awards

Tenure & Promotion
May 2011

Radford University

Directors Lab West Member
May 2009

Directors Lab West

MFA Teaching Award
May 2003

University of Pittsburgh Department of Theatre Arts

Fisher Thesis Award
Dec 2001

Illinois State University College of Fine Arts

Critic's Competition Region IV Winner
Jan 2001

American College Theatre Festival

Affiliations

Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Feb 2018
VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.
American Theater in Higher Education
Aug 2006
The Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a comprehensive non-profit professional membership organization. Founded in 1986, ATHE serves the interests of its diverse individual and organizational members, including college and university theatre departments and administrators, educators, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. The Association’s web site is www.athe.org.
Actors' Equity Association
Aug 1997
Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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