Australian Lessac Intensive 2019

This three-week immersion experience covers both of Arthur Lessac’s ground-breaking texts, The Use and Training of the Human Voice and Body Wisdom: The Use and Training of the Human Body.

Led by Master Teacher Nancy Krebs and NIDA's Head of Voice and Certified Trainer Katerina Moraitis, this Intensive offers in-depth instruction in Lessac Kinesensic training, which is a comprehensive and creative approach to all aspects of developing the body and voice in a healthful, holistic way. Space is limited, early registration is encouraged.

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This training is suitable for you if you are:

  • In Theatre Education: College and Secondary Educators, Advanced Students
  • A Performance Professional: Actors, Directors, Musical Performers
  • In Communications: Broadcasters and Presenters

Kinesensic training is a self-teaching, sensory-based process based on feeling the way the human body functions naturally when it is free of adverse conditioning. It then uses those physical sensations to identify, produce and voluntarily control the voice and body.

3-Week Program

  • Individual and Small Class Instruction
  • 135 hours of Intensive Training
  • Certification Opportunities


Time and venue
July 7th – 27th, 2019
NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) Sydney, Australia

Tuition and Fees
USD$1842.00; Member Discount: USD$1675.00
AUS$2519; Member Discount: USD$2290.00
Covers all instruction, activities, and facilities use. Fees do not include housing or transportation and does not include required Lessac texts.

Lessac Teaching Certification 
This workshop can be used by a participants towards meeting some certification requirements.

What do you get?

  • Body Alignment and Breathing
  • Breath Support and Breath Control
  • Body energies: Potency, Buoyancy, Radiancy, Interinvolvement
  • Body movement and body aesthetics
  • Body conditioning and physical fitness
  • Body Characterisation
  • Natural relaxers and energisers
  • The Body’s Natural Pain Relievers

Voice Training

  • The Consonant Energy Orchestra
    • Fluent intelligibility without rote drill
    • Melodies, rhythms, and sustained tonal colours
    • Variety and Contrast
    • Interpretation
  • Structural Energy
    • Optimal, flexible mouth space for all speech and singing sounds
    • Relaxed and energised jaw, tongue, lips, throat, larynx
    • Quality production and identification of all vowels
    • Increased sound-wave reflection for enhanced tonal quality
  • Tonal Energy
    • Bone conducted vocal resonance for quality vocal tone
    • Development of full dynamic pitch range
    • Control of projection for stage, microphone, and personal use in intimate, social, or formal situations
    • Development of the male and female voices for speech and singing
  • Text and Subtext Explorations: Connecting body and vocal energies to the emotional experiencing system
  • Tono-Sensory Phonetic System: Providing organic instructions for producing quality vowels and consonants

To Register

Enrolment is limited. Early application is advised.

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After notification of acceptance, tuition and fees are due by 15 May.

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If you want to register via a printed application, send it along with current resume, two references, and a photo of yourself to either:

Katerina Moraitis, Certified Lessac Trainer
Head of Voice
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033

United States
Nancy Krebs, Lessac Master Teacher 
48 Gambrills Road
Severn, Maryland 21144

About NIDA

NIDA is Australia’s leading institution for dramatic arts education and training. Offering a range of graduate, undergraduate and vocational courses, NIDA empowers artists in their chosen field to find their individual creative voice.

Learn from Industry Experts

Practising artists, who are experts in their field, create the core of our teaching staff. All NIDA courses blend academic and practical education and training to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to build a sustainable career in the arts industry.

Gain Unique Industry Access

NIDA is embedded in the arts, entertainment and cultural communities worldwide. This dynamic network of contacts provides valuable opportunities for students to learn from and be mentored by high-profile practitioners. Ongoing collaboration with working artists ensures NIDA students receive the best preparation for entering the existing industry and creating opportunities of their own.

Make an Impact as an Artist

For nearly 60 years, NIDA has made a significant impact on Australia’s theatre, screen and creative industries, allowing Australian stories to be heard. Our graduates are recognised for their high level of skills and success on stage and behind the scenes, as well as their contribution to the nation’s cultural fabric.

Daily Schedule

Monday–Saturday. Sundays are free for rest and reflection.

8–8.30amPersonal tune up, tune-in, tune on with awareness
8.30–10amLarge Body Class
10.30–11.30amLarge Group Voice Session
11.30–1pmDevelopmental Sessions
1–2pmLunch Break
2–3.30pmDevelopmental Sessions
3.30–5pmPrivate Sessions

Housing Options

Accommodation for students is not included. However, the below are some options available near our campus.

More Info


Katerina Moraitis, Certified Lessac Teacher
Head of Voice
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
215 Anzac Parade
Kensington NSW 2033
Ph: +61 2 9697 7628
Mobile: +61 4 34993103


Nancy Krebs, Lessac Master Teacher 
48 Gambrills Road
Severn, Maryland 21144
(o) 410-987-4861
(c)  410-736-1138

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