Vivian Majkowski

  • B.A., theatre, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2007
  • Associate of Occupational Therapy, Swedish Institute, 2002
  • M.F.A., voice and speech pedagogy, American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre
  • Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, 2006

"I strongly believe in the value of process over product in a training environment. I feel that it is far more important in the educational setting to encourage exploration of an opportunity in which it is possible to fail and to reinforce the value of failing brilliantly, than to allow the student to rely on old habits and already-learned tricks. I encourage my students to push the edge of the envelope or possibility, to be changed from the mindset of 'I can't do that' to 'What happens if I try that?' I also believe in a holistic approach to actor training: the best teaching happens when lines of communication are open between voice, speech, movement and acting faculty. Only in this way will the student learn to include the whole self in the entire act of creation."

Vivian Majkowski | Performing arts professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Bok Learning Center, Harvard University; Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Prize nomination, Harvard University; Off-Off Broadway Review Critics Choice Award

Organizations

Southeastern Theatre Conference, Voice and Speech Teachers Association, Voice Foundation, Alpha Psi Omega, American Massage Therapy Association

Previous Positions

Voice and speech instructor, Harvard University; teaching fellow, American School, Moscow Art Theatre School; adjunct professor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; teaching fellow, Harvard University; teaching assistant, Harvard Extension School; production vocal coach, Savannah College of Art and Design, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, THEATREWORKS, American Repertory Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre American Studio, Institute for Advanced Theatre Training and Harvard/Radcliffe Dramatic Club

Publications and presentations

  • Southeastern Theatre Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, presentation: "Fitzmaurice Voicework: What's Tremoring?" 2011
  • Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Apprentice Co. and Next Stage Ensemble, master teacher, Voice and Speech: Master Class Series, 2010
  • SETC, Lexington, Kentucky, presentation: "Warm-up and Warm-down for the Vocal Athlete," 2010
  • Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), New York, New York, presentation: "When Deep Release is Needed: Massage Techniques for Vocal Tensions," 2009
  • SETC, Birmingham, Alabama, presentations: "Opening the 'Five Flood Gates' for Optimal Vibration"; "Shakespeare and Breath"; "The Collaborative Process: The Director and Vocal Coach," 2009
  • SETC, Chattanooga, Tennessee, presentation: "A Non-Regional American Dialect?" 2008
  • Freshman Arts Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, presentation: "Voice, Speech and Text in Action," 2007