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East West Players

Tuning Your Instrument: Exploring Efforts and Sound

with Karen Huie



Voice work is about words. Sound is a vital instrument often overlooked and wasted. We’ll explore, tune and free the sounds unique to you, which can create entire stories—the desperation in a child’s cry, the yearning of an elderly person’s whimper, the weight of the world in a man’s sigh, the joy in a woman’s guffaw or the tension in a hesitation. Like music, it can be developed and honed to support a performance or stand-alone. Think of Anthony Hopkins’, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” Spspspspsp.

Efforts are often used in video games: grunts, exertions, struggles, seething breaths, disdain, elation. You’ll develop a tool kit of sounds to bring your text to life.

We’ll work the articulators, develop and free your vocals to create meaning using only sound. Week by week, we’ll learn to express and create relationships with the words you speak and use sound to bring those lines to life.

Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Voice of Your Own Sound, or any prior acting classes.

Corequisite: Practicum: Voice Over Lab

Scholarships are limited and based on availability. For more information, please email  


Karen Huie is an actor/writer who has voiced over 1500 films and TV shows. Most recently, you heard her voicing the video for the East West Players gala, she voiced KCRW sponsorship spots for the last three years, did voiceover on the last five Star Wars, Onward, Abominable, The Incredibles 2, Moana, The Boss Baby and has recurring roles doing the English dub on Scissor Seven and Great Pretender for Netflix. On camera she was most recently seen in Hollywood, Mom, Kidding (recurring), Baskets, Hawaii 5-0 and many more. At East West Players, she was in Washer/Dryer, Steel Magnolias, A Little Night Music and The Joy Luck Club.

  • Oct 31 - Dec 5th, 2020
    Sat for 6 weeks from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Online Class

For more info, call us at 213-625-7000

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