Writing samples:


  Marion, T. "Lunch-talk, Part 1: The Glottis, Driving Pressures, & Bernoulli’s Big But." Voice & Speech Review. 8:2 2014: 179-198.
Since the 1980’s a pedagogical shift in American speech teaching has been underway. Speech standards in the United States have been under attack – and rightly so – as prescriptive enforcement of, so called, “good speech” – a holdout of early twentieth century methodologies to rarefy American speech sounds. Now, new ways are being developed to teach speech without reference to “correct” or “good” pronunciations. In response, various new methodologies have emerged, often advising that the only standards to uphold should be ones of intelligibility and speech modification skill-level. However, this has led to various criticisms. Effective voice work has standards of increased vocal resonance, muscular ease, and healthy vocal functioning. Should not these standards be included with speech, or does speech stand alone as a matter of pure articulatory function? To answer this, further questions arise: What precisely is the interplay between voice and speech; can one be considered without the other? What are the limits of articulatory action on intelligibility? What creates resonance, and how does resonance affect voice and speech behavior? And, to what degree, if any, does speech modification affect vocal functioning, and what is its effect on healthy voicing? I submit that as new speech methodologies begin to standardize guiding principles of contemporary speech pedagogy, it is important to analyze their underlining philosophy on scientifically valid foundations. While teachers have important ideas to contribute to the pedagogical conversation, they need to be open to learning from the voice science community, willing to embrace new revelations on the interplay of voice and speech functioning, and, if needed, willing to relinquish ideas that run counter to reality. This work seeks to elucidate these considerations.
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Marion, Tom.  Review of Voice into Acting:  Integrating Voice and the Stanislavski Approach by Christina Gutekunst and John Gillett.  Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Spring 2015: 179-181.

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Lunch-talk, Part 2: The Vocal Tract, Resonance, & Why Speech Ain't Chopped Liver.

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July 01, 2016

VOCAL COACHING - Camden Shakespeare, ME - The Tempest / Comedy of Errors

Four days of workshops with the cast: Sound imagry, articulation, & rhetoric.

The Camden Shakespeare Festival is a professional, non-profit theatre committed to producing Shakespeare’s plays in the historic Camden Amphitheatre, Camden, ME. We believe that Shakespeare plays speak to everyone, because of their universal themes, their unforgettable characters and their extraordinary poetry. These plays are produced in association with the Camden Public Library.

June 08, 2015

VOCAL COACHING - Camden Shakespeare, ME - A Midsummer Night's Dream

A week long series of workshops and tutorials on voice, speech, and text issues, with local and New York based Equity and non-union actors.

March 07, 2015

PHONETIC PILLOWS: THOUGHT in ACTION - Southeastern Theatre Confernece - Chattanooga, TN

Program abstract:


Explore the sounds of American English with your breath, voice, body and spirit!  Release your speech from restrictions while connecting to clarity, intention and meaning.




90 minute workshop; 19 participants (10 theatre undergraduates; 4 foregin exchange students; 5 college voice and speech teachers.)  The program included a 15 minute vocal warm-up leading to and understanding of how thought and feeling affects one's awarness  and exploration of articulatory actions.  The following 45 minutes was spent with group work "tossing" and "exploring" the articulatory action and qualities of over 40 american speech sounds.  The program concluded with  group work with a spanish poem in both its orginal spanish and its english translation. The intention of the work is to experience how clarity of articulatory action is fundamentally infused with intention and emtional meaning across dialectal or linguistic differences.


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March 03, 2015

A SENSE OF DIRECTION (lecture) - NAfME (National Association for Music Education) at York College

This lecture discusses the elements - or senses - of a successful stage director, and why you'll never find them listed in any book.

June 01, 2012

EMBODYING YOUR SPEECH - The Voice Foundation’s 41st Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice, Philadelphia, PA

Program abstract:


Public speakers, teachers, and anyone wishing to communicate with greater clarity of speech, . Experience speech training in a uniquely physical and fun way. Discover the directness, intentionality, and energy of expression imbued in the vowels and consonants of American English. Establish physical and psychological connections between the sound you make and the message you want heard. Learn using all your senses, not just your ears. Free yourself from muscular or emotional obstacles that may have blocked your learning in the past. Short texts will be provided for individual work in the latter part of the session.


Personal commentary:


Attended by several doctors, scientists, vocal care professionals, teachers, and students, the workshop focused on the advantages of multi-sensory speech instruction and illustrated several techniques I have personally developed.  The work made use of information gleaned at professional workshops I have attended over the past four years and my work in the classroom at York.  Participants noted the vocal efficiency of combining breath, movement, and intention with a playful investigation of the sensory characteristics of phonetic sounds.  Key discoveries were directly utilized with poetry and speech selections for individual and group analysis.


The Voice Foundation's symposium brings together top vocal health professionals for a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity to share the latest advances in scientific and medical voice research about vocal production and techniques for the treatment of voice disorders. The Voice Foundation is the world's leading organization dedicated to the care and training of the human voice.”  (Press release: voicefoundation.org)

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