ABSTRACT

This article examines the theatre-voice pedagogy history of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), one of Britain’s most long-lasting and prominent performing arts institutions. The article traces the history of the organization and highlights its influence in creating and cultivating the field of voice training, noting key figures such as Peter Hall, John Barton, Iris Warren, Michael Saint-Denis, and Peter Brook and their impact not only to Company but also to voice training. Cicely Berry’s work and legacy is also explored. The author then uses autoethnographic techniques to analyze her time as Head of Text, Voice, and Artist Development at the Company. The article concludes with reflections on how the voice and text department at the RSC has shaped the field of voice training and gives implications for the future.