A LABORATORY FOR ACTOR TRAINING Experimental Theater Company (ALATetc) is a Brooklyn-based organization committed to creating and curating bold works for the stage, socially conscious performance projects and community-building events. ALATetc engages a fluid collective of artists and activists dedicated to developing young theater artists and new audiences by making theater that provokes dialogue and heightens our awareness of personal ethics.

Friday, April 18, 2008


a two-part voice and movement performance laboratory
taught through the lens of the Chakra System and other Yogic teachings


Audrey Pernell

ALATetc Vocal Coach

Thursday April 16th 7pm-10pm & Saturday April 18th 10am-1pm
Swarthmore College


the performer’s presence:
awakening, deepening, channeling, heightening, sustaining, and releasing your energy…. truthfully, mindfully, soundly

cultivating a holistic daily performance practice;
tools for self-care, success, and longevity for serious performers

the both-and of process & product;
accepting where you are while striving to reach your goal

listening with your physical, emotional, & energetic body

group identity, partnership, solo exploration

sacred songs & sounds of surrender

This workshop is open to Swarthmore College students: performing artists, yoga practitioners, & anyone seeking a creative avenue for personal growth & development.

Audrey Pernell is a performing, teaching, and healing artist who embraces her voice as her primary vehicle for self-exploration, artistic interpretation, and scholarly research. She trains privately with Jonathan Hart Makwaia (Roy Hart Theatre musical director, composer and performer 1975-1988; NYU Experimental Theatre Wing 1988-present) in New York, and has attended intensive voice workshops in Philadelphia with Teatr Slava (Sweden), Mariana Sadovska (Ukraine), and Deborah Crane (USA). Internationally, she has trained with the teachers of the Roy Hart International Arts Centre & Pantheatre in France, The Florence Voice Seminar in Italy, and Jean-René Toussaint of Stemwerk in Turkey. With ALATetc, Ms. Pernell has co-coordinated workshops for Mr. Toussaint in New York, as well as lectures, performances, and workshops with Allen Kuharski of Swarthmore College and with Pig Iron Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Under the mentorship of Vernice Miller, Audrey Pernell has taught voice and movement for professional performers, high school and college students, and at-risk youth at Dance Theatre Etcetera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Safe Space, New York City Public Schools, and Union College in New York; Rutgers University in New Jersey; Buildabridge and Dance Theatre Camp in Philadelphia; Teatro Prometeo in Miami (the only Spanish language theatre conservatory in the US), upon the invitation of Joann Maria Yarrow, Artistic Director; and Swarthmore College, upon the invitation of Kym Moore.

Supplementing her performance and vocal pedagogy endeavors, Ms. Pernell works as a licensed integrative massage therapist and certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher. With Vernice Miller, Joann Maria Yarrow, and Neil David Seibel she serves as co-artistic director of A Laboratory for Actor Training Experimental Theatre Company.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jean-Rene Toussaint Workshop 2008 - Great Opportunity!

Audrey Pernell in collaboration with A Laboratory for Actor Training
A Voice Intensive Workshop with Jean-Rene Toussaint



Jean-Rene Toussaint is a French actor, director, and theater/voice teacher. He is the founder and director of the Stemwerk International Centre for the Voice in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), founded in 1988.
 Here Jean-Rene offers guided vocal exploration for individuals, couples, and groups, as well as certification in his methods for aspiring voice teachers and theatre artists. In recent years, he also has established a center for summer intensive voice retreats in Avanos, Turkey.
His unique voice work is the result of 25 years of research and development, stemming mainly from working with deaf adults and children and from extensive world travel researching the primitive
voice. His particular technique is based essentially on the movement of the body, on delineating the difference between 'voices to be' and 'voices to do', and listening based on bodily perception.
He has directed theater groups and theater schools in France and the Netherlands since 1975 (in France 1975-1987; in the Netherlands 1988-2005) He has collaborated with artists such as Jerzy Grotowski,
Robert Wilson, Annick Nozati and companies such as Theatre du Radeau, Theatre de Feu, The Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater and The Roy Hart Theatre, among many others


'A wonderful and enlightening workshop anybody for who is interested in voice. I recommend it heartily.'

Kristin Linklater, Head of Voice and Theater at Columbia University

'He is as pure source of voice as any I have encounter-ed since my experiences with Roy and The Roy Hart Theatre.'

~Jonathan Hart Makwaia,
Roy Hart International Theatre/ New York
University, Experimental Theater Wing

'This workshop is to be considered groundbreaking in the fields of health, psychology and in the theater.
I highly recommend it. I am impressed with Jean- 
Rene's theories and their practical applications and
find his work to be some of the most challenging and illuminating work with the voice I have ever found.'

~Paula Langton, Head of Voice and Speech, Boston University