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Hone your skills or learn something new!

We offer workshops in acting, directing, improv and other stagecraft throughout the year.
Note: If registering through PayPal isn't your thing, you can always pay at the first class. However, you do need to contact us to sign up in advance, so we can manage the numbers. Thanks!

The Voice of Your Life: Wellness, Ease, Strength, and Integrity
with Joanna Cazden

Mondays, June 3, 10, 17 & Tuesday, June 25, 2024
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm


Renew your expressive voice through solo and group exercises, health tips, and explorations of your vocal biography. Through these four evening sessions you’ll expand your repertoire of warmups and understand why they work; rediscover the fundamentals of technique and vocal wellness; and appreciate your personal voice as a multi-dimensional channel for art and life.

Cost: $75

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"Having enrolled in the class I'm more enlightened about the anatomy and function of the human voice. I am also equipped with many exercises to maintain my vocal character."

—Vincent Meade

Voice of Your Life workshop

"Joanna has a unique ability to marry the clinical and spiritual aspects of voice. I recommend her for voice/body exploration, education, and healing."

—Andrea Odinov Fuller

Lee Strasberg Institute

Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC, is a voice specialist who has taught at CalArts, American Academy
of Dramatic Art, several CSU campuses, and teacher-training programs across the US and UK.


 She is certified in Fitzmaurice Voicework and Performing Arts Medicine; and has trained with Catherine Fitzmaurice, Fran Bennett, Paul Blake, and the RSC’s Robert Lloyd. From 2001-2020, she was senior voice therapist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Voice Clinic, Los Angeles, treating injured actors and singers. Her book “Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide” (Hal Leonard) is in wide use in arts conservatories; other publication topics include the vocal risks faced by actors in videogames and the neuroscience of vocal emotion. Also a singer-songwriter with six solo albums to her credit, Joanna is known for voice work that is holistic, practical,  cross-disciplinary, and well-informed. She has resided in Santa Cruz since 2022 and has offered workshops for the Santa Cruz Jazz Society and several choral groups. 

Bill Peters is a professor emeritus at San Francisco State University where he taught playwriting, acting, directing and Shakespeare performance for many years.

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​His directing credits include projects at the Manhattan Theatre Club, The Denver Center, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jewel Theater in Santa Cruz, and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. He has directed many times for Actors' Theatre's 8 Tens @ 8 Festival.

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