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Sarah Weatherwax is an Actor, Voice Teacher, Voiceover Talent and Communication Coach who likes to Write, whenever she has the time or feels a pressing need to do so. She resides with her fun, quirky, busy family in a lovely home in Toronto near beautiful Lake Ontario.
Her house is filled with colour. The walls are covered with art created by her spouse, family and friends, as she comes from a highly artistic family and leads a life full of art and artists. Her house is also filled with flowers from her garden in spring and summer, and the smell of fresh bread, savoury and sweet baking in fall and winter. She tries to lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle. For her, that means filling her work life with what she loves and what holds meaning for her; spending time with family and friends (she organizes family game nights and vacations and hosts regular backyard get togethers with friends and neighbours); keeping herself fit, and spending as much time outdoors as possible, preferably biking, swimming or kayaking; and enjoying healthy, delicious, plant-forward meals – as well as wine, whiskey and dark chocolate. She is a citizen of both Canada and the States. She holds an Honours BFA in Acting from Emerson College and is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. She is a member of CAEA, ACTRA and VASTA.
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Recent interesting work credits include: teaching a communication skills class for doctors at a major Toronto hospital; leading a voice workshop for the Women’s Committee of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers; being a speaker and panelist at VO Atlanta, the world’s largest Voice Over conference; and narrating the audiobook, Under the Bridge by Anne Bishop. Sarah has worked twice as voice coach and director for The Shoe Project, an initiative to help immigrant women develop their English language skills by writing & performing stories of their journeys to Canada. She has an on-going private practice and teaches group classes for actors from around the world online.
Sarah Weatherwax is my career-long, trusted voice teacher. My voice is my career, and I only go to Sarah. She is THE voice teacher for the working actor, as far as I’m concerned. I go to Sarah for both private lessons and workshops, and like a dancer and her trusted dance teacher, Sarah keeps me in perfect form. She is so well trained, so experienced and a voice artist herself, I benefit immediately. I am often told by directors: you have a great voice. And I know it’s a lot due to working with Sarah. She’s a treasure.
Sarah’s acute sensitivity to the nuances of voice, as well as her curious and non-judgemental attitude, have helped me to release my voice more fully in my singing and spoken-word practices. With practice, I have increased my range by a pitch and a half in both my upper and lower registers, and I have developed a stronger ability to translate written words into meaningful sound. In addition to the improvements that I have experienced in my professional performance practice, Sarah’s commitment to honest voice communication and holistic thinking have allowed me to integrate the Linklater method into all of my daily communications. I feel more confident in my ability to identify internal emotions and express them through my voice, and to speak my intentions simply and directly.
Sarah Weatherwax is an incredible voice teacher. The students I refer to her for private lessons consistently return to their scene work more able to inhabit their character’s situation and let it transform them. They are more willing to let feelings and thoughts flow through their voices with ease, which in turn allows them to be more fully present. And the full day workshops she teaches are truly inspiring. Her relaxed, open teaching style allows her students to ask a lot of themselves without fear of judgement. She really does reconnect her students with the joy in this work, all the while addressing very specific voice/body issues for each person and giving them practical exercises to continue working on their own. What a great way to spend a day!
Jan and I have been listening to the audiobook (Under The Bridge), a few chapters each evening.
I am delighted with the job you did of reading it! It is fun to listen to. I’m so impressed with your ability to do the scenes with more than two people—up to five with the young people in the alley—and always make it clear who is speaking. Some sentences come out exactly the way I have heard them in my head for the ten years I spent writing the book, and some you deliver with your own spin, which gives a whole new character to certain lines and conversations, allowing me to discover them anew. Who would have thought that was possible after more than a dozen drafts? I’m having a great time listening to it. Thank you so much!
Hope all is well with you,