Toronto 2-Week & 3-Week Intensives

Join David Smukler and Core VI Faculty in this rejuvenating format  which provides time and space to engage your curiosity, tap your potential and journey into deep understanding of vocal, physical and emotional presence. Cultivate confidence, clarity and responsiveness in your work with text. Explore the connection of the body, the voice and the word in your speaking. Immerse yourself in daily explorations of movement, breath, imagination, resonance, rhythm, and range in a supportive and dynamic atmosphere.

As a participant, you are likely to leave with plenty of answers, invigorating questions, refined skills and an enlivened personal practice that supports your professional goals and artistic process.


Dates and Location

Dates and Location

Two Week Intensive: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Saturday, Jun 1, 2019
Three Week Intensive: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - Saturday, June 8, 2019
University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
St. George Campus, Central Toronto

Facilities & Accommodation

Tuition and Application

Tuition and Application

2 Weeks: $1,460 CAD/$1,150 CAD Early bird registration by Jan 31, 2019
3 Weeks: $1,860 CAD/$1,650 CAD Early bird registration by Jan 31, 2019
Start application here

What to Expect

During the intensive, you will have opportunities to:

  • develop a deep understanding of your unique breath and voice
  • foster a tangible awareness of your own vocal and physical habits
  • experience and incorporate the Linklater classical voice warm up progression into your artistic practice
  • explore a wealth of tools with which to tap into your imagination
  • build a coherent and integrated approach to physical, vocal, and text preparation
  • deepen your ability to be in relationship with your scene partner and your audience

Seasoned actors and advanced students are invited to renew and revitalize their craft. For directors and playwrights, they can gain a more profound understanding of the actor’s craft as well as a new organic process for their written works. Dancers and movers in the performing arts can expect to find a deeper connection to their own body through the lens and window of their resonant voices. Voice teachers will acquire new approaches to enrich their voice teaching toolkit.

As a participant, if you leave with plenty of answers and even more questions then we have done our job.

How To Prepare

The nature of the work demands a high level of commitment in terms of time and energy. Here’s what you can do to make the most of the Intensive:

Clear your schedule; avoid working and auditions if at all possible; tell friends and family you may be unavailable during the time.
Purchase enough groceries and healthy food options to last the entire week
Get as much sleep as possible; honour your impulse to slow down
Arrive to each session, including warm up, early so that you can give yourself time to transition into the work with consciousness and care
Become familiar with and memorize any assigned text in advance of the Intensive. Texts TBA

For more information and answers to possible questions, visit Frequently Asked Questions


Mornings are dedicated to vocal/physical practice and exploration, while the afternoons and evenings will focus on the application to image work, story, language and text. On the last day of the Intensive, we will have a private showing of our work followed by an evening of celebration.

A typical day may look like this:
8:15 - 8:30am - Personal arrival
8:30 - 9:00am - Group Morning Practice
9:15 - 11:00am - Movement
11:15 - 1:00pm - Voice
2:30 - 4:15pm - Image
4:30 – 6:15pm Text
7:15 – 9:15 Evening sessions on selected days; TBA

There are 15-minute breaks between sessions and lunch is 90 minutes giving you time to reflect, settle and arrive for the afternoon sessions.

On late days, a dinner break of 60 minutes is also allotted, and participants should expect to stay until 9:15 pm.

Participants will receive a finalized schedule for week ONE on Sunday May 12th. And a finalized schedule of WEEK TWO on Sunday, May 19th.