• Erica Tobolski
  • Associate Professor,
    Theatre and Dance

  • Details

  • Wednesday,
  • September 3, 2014
  • 1:10 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Hollings Library Program Room

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Like an actor on stage, an instructor with a strong, dynamic voice in the classroom can more easily engage students and promote learning. This interactive workshop will help you improve your vocal presence through practical exercises that focus on breath support, vocal projection and increasing vocal dynamics (how to vary volume, pitch, tempo and intonation). These easy-to-learn techniques will help you enhance your presence in the classroom and use your voice in a healthy way.

The workshop will conclude with a brief preview of Professor Tobolski’s upcoming short course offered this fall through CTE, "Achieving Vocal Presence," which will open for advance registration on September 3 at 3:00 p.m. Click Here for details about the short course.


I do a lot of online classes where I record lectures and create videos. I wasn't satisfied with the pace, volume and variation in my recorded narration. Students complained of monotone lectures. After four lessons with Erica, I'm much improved and I'm more confident. Thanks to Erica, my recently recorded work is noticeably better. – Michael Byrd, Arnold School of Public Health.

This was a great course! I learned a lot about my breathing and muscle control when I speak. This not only helps with volume, but with the clarity of my speech. I find that when I effectively use the skills I learned, I can capture the attention of the students and direct the focus in a lecture, even with a large class.
– Dr. Sarah Baxter, Professor, School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas; former Professor of Engineering, USC

About the Facilitator

Erica Tobolski is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, teaching voice, speech, dialects and acting. She has professionally coached voice/text/dialects for the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Clarence Brown Theatre, Charlotte Repertory Theatre, Purdue University, the film The Wise Kids, and was dialect consultant for productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and for the radio play Merry Go Round on NPR. Her work is published in The Complete Voice and Speech Workout, in addition to several articles in the leading journal The Voice and Speech Review. She maintains a private practice in voice consultation, is a Lessac Certified Trainer and regularly performs on stage and in voice-overs. She is currently an Associate Editor for the website the International Dialects of English Archive.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Workshop Full

This session of this workshop is full. Due to overwhelming demand, a second session is being offered September 17, 2014 to accommodate those who were unable to secure a spot in this session. Click Here to register for the September 17 session.