The Donald Woodburn 

Voice Masterclass 

A very special 6 week voice program for professional actors.

Course Outline | Course Outcomes | Session Details | Apply Now

The Hub Studio is very pleased to welcome Donald Woodburn, former head of voice at both the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA). He will be running a series of weekly masterclasses based on his unique perspective on vocal studies.

“I believe that in moments of heightened passion we express ourselves more essentially. I also believe that theatre & film operate in the realm of heightened passion and practitioners in these fields must therefore understand how to access ‘the passionate voice” – Donald Woodburn

Marrying his understanding of cultural practice with targeting, Donald works to release voices so that they can carry through a large theatre or hit a specific target with precision, impact and vibrancy.

This is essential work for those professionals looking to incorporate the true power and precision of their own passionate voices into performance.

Having taught in several countries around the world, Donald’s work is constantly informed by his observations of natural vocal practice in confident outspoken cultures, as well as heightened communication moments in contemporary Australian culture. Observation of people’s daily ‘story telling’ keeps his ear tuned to the contemporary ‘rules of communication’ and gestural expression as a fundamental component of speech. 

LISTEN NOW : Donald Woodburn on the Hub Podcast Don’t Be So Dramatic w/Rachel Baker



Course Outline

Over the course you will:

  • Explore the impact of ugliness on vocal energy, sound quality and clarity
  • Unlock dynamic speech using ‘the immediate’ and ‘the simple’
  • Learn to create connections and relationship using Vocal Targeting principals
  • Explore the impact of gravity and weight on breath, the production of sound and emotional intensity
  • Use Vocal Targeting principles to fuel your sphere of influence
  • Use Vocal Targeting principles to enhance text analysis
  • Explore the fundamentals of the body/mind voice relationship

Course Outcomes

This course will help you to;

  • Break inhibiting ‘rules’ and habits
  •  Find potency in simplicity
  •  Become more grounded and physically free while speaking
  •  Discover a fuller richer voice that operates with gravitas, precision and ease
  •  Allow your voice to automatically reflect your relationship to self, space, object, and scene partner.
  •  Maintain vocal integrity at scale for theatre
  • Maintain vocal integrity in proximity for camera

Session Details

When: 6 x Monday evenings

Dates: 9th November – 14th December 2020

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Venue: 18 City Rd, Chippendale, NSW 2008

Participants: 14

Cost: Non-Members: $385.00 incl GST  (10% off for members)

Session Details

Payment Information

How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.

About Donald Woodburn

In 1996 Donald studied voice at NIDA. Originally from South Africa, he has taught in several countries around the world, focusing on the influence that culture and environment have on social and self expression. 

Donald is former head of Voice at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, (AFDA), and Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, (WAAPA).
In broadcasting his clients include Fox Sports and Fox Sports News and has done intensive voice training work with notable international broadcasting clients Aljazeera English and MTV base. In Perth he worked as a voice trainer in the broadcast environment with Channel 7, Channel 9, the ABC and 6PR.

Outside of the entertainment industry he runs voice training sessions for professional speakers in vocally demanding fields such as education, politics, law and the corporate sector.

Donald also taught voice across 19 radio stations and 4 television channels at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to presenters, journalists, anchors and DJs. He ran voice workshops and individual training with other independent national and regional South African TV and radio broadcasters, as well as teaching at the The Electronic Media Institute of South Africa. Donald majored in acting at the Wits School of Arts and on graduating worked as a freelance actor and director with the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal.


  • Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Edith Cowan University, 2013.
  • Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art in Voice Studies, The National Institute of Dramatic Art, 1996
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Art, School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, 1993.

How to Apply

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course.

For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

Course Application Form

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  • Please note a Hub Member is someone who has signed up for either a six or twelve month membership.