Laura Quigley is a professor of theatre specializing in voice. She is also a Canadian performer, playwright, director and producer. She holds a Masters in Theatre Studies from the University of Guelph, a BFA in Acting from Simon Fraser University, and she is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. Laura currently teaches at Concordia University where she has taught voice, acting, solo performance, directed mainstage productions, and supported administrative functions in the acting area. Laura has taught privately and institutionally in Montreal, Guelph, Toronto, Vancouver, Buffalo, Mexico, New York and LA.
Areas of reserach include solo performance for the actor, public speaking for non-actors, and voice training for pregnant women. Laura has also taught alongside Catherine Fitzmaurice and other master teachers as part of the Fitzmaurice Voicework Certification in LA.
In her research Laura explores the human voice: as an instrument, as a tool for creation and as activisim. Her solo work confronts the boundaries of conventional vocal expression on stage, exploring sound that is intimate, uncomfortable and yet familiar (grunts, growls, broken clicks, howls, operatic song) creating an immersive sonic experience that is felt, litterally, in the bodies of audiences. The aim is to explore what might be buried beneath the surface of silence and speech in order to connect with audiences in a visceral way.