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Irene Pauzer, Associate Professor is currently Head of Voice and Speech at Ryerson Theatre School training all four years of the Acting Programme and student dancers in the Dance Programme at the Ryerson Theatre Department. A Linklater based teacher with other pedagogical influences that include Richard Armstrong’s Roy Hart extended voice work and The Skinner Release Technique.
Voice classes are focused on directing the diverse energies of the individual in the studio to a place of focus in which the student can begin to explore the freedom of breath, an embodied voice and its connection to impulse, sound and articulation. Over the course of four years other elements are added to this grounding in conjunction with the other studio courses in the student actor’s development.
The recipient of grants from the British Arts Council, Actra Fraternal, and the Banff Festival of the Arts, Irene’s background in both teaching and coaching voice includes seven seasons at the Stratford Festival Theatre as voice coach from 2001 to 2008, the Birmingham Conservatory of Classical Training at the Festival Theatre, Claudia Moore’s Dance Company, Moonhorse Theatre, Guest Artist at Equity Showcase Summer Intensives, The Voice Intensive in Vancouver, and University of West Virginia’s Productions of Richard the Third, The Emperor's New Clothes, Dangerous Corners, and Dancing at Lughnasa. As well, she has coached Shakespeare productions at RTS since 2001 directed by Ian Watson, text consultant at the Stratford Festival Theatre, and The Period Performance Productions directed by Peter Wylde from 2001 to 2010 and The Classics productions from 2011 to 2014 directed by Cynthia Aspergher. Other coaching includes text and voice for 2012 Women in War Project in Toronto, and Greece and the 2013 Students Performance Project in Greece.
Irene brings a wide-ranging performance background that spans classical ballet as an alumni of the Royal Ballet School, London, England and three seasons with Montreal’s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens to an acting career that includes the Stratford Festival Theatre under the Artistic Directorship of Robin Phillips, later returning as Lady Falconbridge in Phillips’ acclaimed production Of King John, and includes the Citadel Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Banff Festival of the Arts, Nightwood Theatre where she initiated and performed in the collective production of Hooligans, and Autumn Leaf Theatre’s production in the title role of John Herbert’s final play, Magda. Her performance experience includes extensive film and television work.
More recently, as an active member of CAEA (Canadian Actors Equity Association) and ACTRA (Association of Canadian and Television and Radio Artists) Irene played the Narrator in The Intuition of Iphigenia by Velina Hu Houston in the Women in War Project as well as the workshop presentation of the 2014 Sheldon Rosen play Next of Kin, and the HBO television series Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures.
Research in the psycho-physical areas of performance have included the paper Vocal Crossroads: Voice and Catharsis, presented at the Women in War conference to be published in the Voice and Speech Journal. Irene also continues in collaboration with Janine Pearson, Head Coach at the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, with the project Lineages and Influences: Voice Teachers and Coaches of the Stratford Festival for the last sixty years, as well as being published in The Voice and Speech Journal, The Moving Voice 2009, The Speaking Dancer: the Dancer's Journey to Vocal Expression.