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.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jean-Rene Toussaint Workshop 2009 - Great Opportunity!

Voice Intensive Workshop with Jean-Rene Toussaint


"In the course of our lives we develop a social voice which disconnects itself from its natural richness in sound, the primitive voice...in theatre and singing the primitive voice allows one to discover all the possibilities for self expression."
-Jean-Rene Toussaint

Saturday March 28th & Sunday March 29th
SITI Company 520 Eight Avenue, Suite 310, New York City

In response to our economic climate, the fee for this workshop is considerably less than last year. The general fee is $250 for 12 hours of training. Additional discounted rates of $200 if you (a) pay by March 9th or (b) if you will be attending the Pantheatre workshop this May in Montreal/New York.


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

Praise for Jean-Rene Toussaint

"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 TheatreNew 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

Checks may be made payable to Audrey Pernell and mailed to her attention:
206 South 13th Street, #503, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For further information go to our website at www.alatetc.org and see the blog page. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Pernell (814) 404-4187


  1. Hi,
    I am Marieke Engelbregt and I am from Holland. What a beautiful website you have! I heard about Jean Rene Toussaint and I am sure he is the right person to help me. My teacher told me I have to try to get a private session with him but I don't know where he is living now. Do you know how I can reach him?

    With love

  2. He lives in Rotterdam. This is his website:
    www.primitivevoice.com and his email is:

    Good luck...