Voice Exercises

Emotions and phrases

Take a simple phrase and try it out using different emotions:

Sample Phrases:

I didn’t do it

Where am I?

What did you say?

Try to guess what emotion the actor is conveying. You could also pick 4 key emotions and write them on paper placing them in different areas of the room and get people to try out these emotions. Encourage people to really feel the emotion rather than, for example, shouting for angry.


This exercise demonstrates how important it is to project voices.

Place three bean bags in front of a row. One about 10 feet away from them – the second about 20 feet away, the third about 35-40 feet away (this can obviously be changed to suit the physical environment of the class).

1. Ask each person to look directly at the first bean bag, say their name and the name of their favorite animal.
2. Instruct them to say the exact same things to the second bean bag.
3. Would they speak with the same volume? Of course not – the “person” is further away.
4. When asked to address the third bean bag, they obviously should be projecting their voices as loud as they can.
5. After the entire group has addressed the bean bags, let them know they were really acting in a play just then – reaching the first three rows, the middle rows, and the back rows of the theatre.