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Michael McCallion

Michael McCallion (1938–2004), UK voice teacher whose work was influenced by the Alexander Technique.

Life

Michael McCallion graduated from the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, in 1960. He taught at the Webber-Douglas Academy, the East 15 Acting School, at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art 1968–1980 where he taught voice as well as directing, as well as at other London drama schools, and with Major theatre companies worldwide. He was married to Anna McCallion who trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and Michael’s work was informed by the Technique.[1] He occasionally gave workshops for teachers of the Alexander Technique and twice gave the F. Matthias Alexander Memorial Lecture, in 1979 and in 2001.[2]

Writings – Books

  • The Voice Book by Michael McCallion became a standard text in drama schools and voice training courses.[3]
  • Voice Power by Michael McCallion covers the voice for business people and presenters.[4]

Writings – Articles

  • ‘Voice lost’ by Michael McCallion argues that voice use should be an important part of teacher training.[5]
  • ‘The Adventures of Leg and his Companion, Voice, and how they were led into Debauchery and Deprivation and of their Redemption thence into Proper Function’ by Michael McCallion (the F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture in 2001).[6]

Videos

  • ‘Michael McCallion’ DVD is a voice workshop for Alexander Technique teachers and students given in London, May 2000.[7]
  • ‘STAT Bristol Conference 2001’ video tape and DVD contains ‘The Adventures of Leg and his Companion’ – the above the F. M. Alexander Memorial Lecture in 2001.[8]

Obituaries and remembrances

  • ‘Michael McCallion’ by Jean Clark, Abigail Adams, Robin Simmons, Lizze Atkinson.[9]

Michael John Andrew St Gallant McCallion *21 December 1938 – †11 December 2004.

References

[1] ‘Michael McCallion’ by Anna McCallion in The Stage, https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/obituaries/2005/michael-mccallion/. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
[3] The Voice Book by Michael McCallion (Faber and Faber, 1998).
[4] Voice Power by Michael McCallion (Mouritz, 2012).
[5] ‘Voice lost’ by Michael McCallion in Direction vol. 2, no. 3 edited by Jeremy Chance (Fyncot Pty Ltd., 1995), pp. 29–33.
[6] ‘The adventures of leg and his companion, voice, and how they were led into debauchery and deprivation and of their redemption thence into proper function’ by Michael McCallion in The Alexander Journal no. 18 edited by Francesca Greenoak (STAT, 2002), pp. 2–11.
[7] ‘Michael McCallion’ DVD (David Reed Media, 2006).
[8] ‘STAT Bristol Conference 2001’ Tape and DVD (David Reed Media, 2001).
[9] ‘Michael McCallion’ by Jean Clark, Abigail Adams, Robin Simmons, Lizze Atkinson in STATNews vol. 6, no. 16 edited by Ann James (STAT, June 2005), pp. 22–23.