Speech Specialist for Theatre and Performing Artists
For three decades, Gayle Murphy has specialized in the Speaking Voice for performing artists and professional speakers. She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech in the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia. She has also taught at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Acting School and Langara College’s Studio 58.
Since 1997, Gayle has been on the faculty of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, a renowned four-week workshop of voice and the acting of Shakespeare’s text for actors, performing artists and theatre educators.
She has led voice workshops in Bangkok, Hong Kong and across Canada for organizations including the Phatravadi Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Quebec Drama Federation, and the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. She coaches professional actors for stage, television and film.
She completed an MFA in Theatre Performance with a graduate assistantship in Voice at York University. Her training includes an internship in Voice coaching at the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.
Her current research is the integration of the Middendorf Breath Experience practice into training for the Speaking Voice. She received her certification as a Middendorf practitioner in 2013. She has presented and co-presented collaborative research at the VASTA (Voice and Speech Teachers’ Association) conference (Montreal), American Dance Therapy and National Dance Education Conference (Minneapolis), the Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference (Vancouver), the International Arts Symposium: Artists of Conscience (Victoria), and the International Myth and Theatre Festival’s VOICES Summer University at the Roy Hart International Centre (Malérargues, France).
It brings Gayle much joy to coach the singers at VISI.