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"I have never seen results
so fast."

- Mark Lamos, Tony Award-nominated
Director, former Artistic Director,
Hartford Stage Company


"Absolutely the most
revolutionary and effective
voice training method that
I have ever used in my
twenty-seven years of
active participation in the
fields of theatre, television,
and radio."

- Workshop Participant





Fitzmaurice Voicework™is a comprehensive approach to voice training. It includes, as needed, work on breathing and the body, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu and prepared public speaking, text, singing, voice with movement, and presence. While the training is specific, it is offerred in such a way that it is compatible with other approaches. This unique path to the mastery of vocal functioning was originated by Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Fitzmaurice Voicework™ is currently taught at Yale School of Drama, Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, New York University's Graduate Acting Program and in several of NYU's undergraduate studios, the University of California-Irvine, and many other institutions and theatres in the United States and abroad. Aspects of this work have also been incorporated by clinicians into the rehabilitation of injured or dysfunctional voices, and are used in the corporate and professional worlds as aids to effective speaking.

Fitzmaurice Voicework™ explores the dynamics between body, breath, voice, imagination, language, and presence. Integrating physical experience and mental focus, the work develops vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort

This term refers to the exploration of free "survival" breathing and the addition of "fluffy sound" corresponding with that breathing pattern, followed by "intentional" breathing used to support vocal production and communication.

Destructuring, the first phase, promotes awareness of the body, spontaneous and free breathing, vocal expressivity, and presence, through Tremorwork® and sometimes hands-on interventions. Tremorwork® encourages students to allow uncontrolled shiver-like oscillations to flow through their entire bodies, making chronic tension blocks apparent and helping to release them. Restructuring, the second phase, encourages economy of effort while speaking or performing, using modified bel canto techniques and Catherine's "focus line"™. The resulting freedom and focus allow for a wide range of vocal expression without strain. Applications of all aspects of the work are then explored.

There are many practical benefits to improved vocal functioning. Since breath and voice lie at the intersection of the material and the non-material, this work can also assist in creative, intellectual, and spiritual growth.

There are more than 300 certified teachers of this work, mainly in the United States, but now also in permanent residence on six continents. Some teachers instruct in universities and conservatories; others offer workshops, classes, and private instruction. For contact and other information on these teachers, visit our Teachers section. To find workshops and classes visit our Events section. For information on our voice teacher certification program email us.


Physicality: we develop awareness of patterns of vocal effort through a series of gentle and/or rigorous exercises and Tremorwork®, accessing the body's own healing systems for deep release.

Breath: we explore the central role that breathing plays in both vocal production and the inspired imagination that expresses itself verbally, encouraging whole-body oxygenation without forcing the breath.

Vocal Quality: we cultivate the ability to communicate thoughts and feelings accurately while meeting the demands of text, space, and the immediate moment; this is done through both spontaneity and choice.

Practical Results: we reduce strain in the voice, increase vocal range and expressivity, make speech easy and clear, and communicate intention more effectively, allowing creativity to flow.

Vocal Rehabilitation: we can help to resolve many functional vocal difficulties.


Fitzmaurice Voicework® originated as a means to teach actors effective vocal technique, but it has evolved to help people in a wide variety of professions. The work is for people who want to learn about and improve their voices for performance, business, personal growth, and fun. It can also help those with ineffective, injured, or otherwise problematic voices.

Our techniques have benefited actors in theatre, film, and television; singers; teachers of voice, singing, and acting; directors; TV announcers and hosts; lawyers, clergy, professors, politicians, business executives; medical professionals, speech pathologists, therapists, healers; movement specialists, dancers, and many others in all walks of life.


The work began in the explorations and teaching of Catherine Fitzmaurice. She began acting in theatre when she was three. From age ten to seventeen, she studied voice, speech, verse-speaking, and acting with Barbara Bunch, who was also Cicely Berry's earliest teacher. Catherine then attended for three years the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, where she was a scholarship holder and prize winner, and where she continued her study of classical voice training techniques with Cicely Berry and others. While a student there, Catherine won the prestigious English Festival of Spoken Poetry, sponsored by Edith Sitwell and T. S. Eliot. She began teaching voice, verse-speaking, and prose reading at the Central School in 1965.

As a teacher, Catherine found some of her students were incapable of being sufficiently vocally expressive. She saw the primary problem as inhibition caused by tension, particularly around the breathing, and in exploring ways to reduce this, she discovered the work of Wilhelm Reich. She began to adapt some of his work for voice training and incorporated it into her classes. Since then, she has continued to study body-based disciplines and energy work (yoga, shiatsu, meditation, healing techniques, etc.). She has adapted and combined them with her classical training to create Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

Now based in Los Angeles and New York City, Catherine has taught all over the world, and has held teaching and consulting appointments at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Juilliard School's Drama Division, Yale School of Drama, New York University, Harvard University, the Moscow Art Theatre, the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Guthrie Theatre, Lincoln Center, among others. She has also presented her work internationally at major medical and theatre conferences, including the "Freedom & Focus™" international conferences on Fitzmaurice Voicework™in Barcelona, Spain, Vancouver, Canada, Bogota, Colombia, and Dublin, Ireland.

For a more thorough account of the development of this work, see "Breathing is Meaning," in our store. For a more complete list of influences on the work, see Links. For more information on how you can learn about this work, see events or email us.

FITZMAURICE VOICEWORK is a Trademark owned by Catherine Fitzmaurice.

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