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Peggy Jane Hope

Empty chair

Peter Holland

Voice and Speech

Education:

  • MFA Theatre Performance

Email: pjhope@ryerson.ca

Biography

Peggy Jane Hope is a graduate of York University with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre performance, as well as a voice specialist degree in Voice and Speech, teacher training, in the Kristen Linklater, pedagogue, which she earned under the tutelage of David Smukler, and Eric Armstrong. Peggy is also trained in dialects, and the International Phonetic Alphabet, and also studied Alexander technique, with renowned teacher, Gwen Dobie. Prior to studying at York, Peggy trained in the Edith Skinner tradition of voice technique, at Ryerson University, and trained as a singer, with New York City Opera's, Gwenlynn Little, as well as a musician/ songwriter.

In addition to her MFA in theatre performance, and voice teacher specialization, Peggy brings a rich background, which includes her training as an actor; years of performance as a professional actor/singer, and dancer; dance, at les Ballets Jazz de Montreal; music at The Banff Centre for the Arts, and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Peggy has also trained extensively in the works of Carl G. Jung.

Her personal pedagogical philosophy, revolves around a complete integration, of psyche, body and voice. Peggy believes in building a strong technical foundation, strengthening the actor's ego/body; respecting, and nurturing the needs of the individual student, and assisting them in the discovery of their own unique, gift, thus allowing authenticity to be revealed in the work. Peggy is thrilled to be teaching Voice and Speech, at Ryerson University, in tandem with writing her book, A Step Without Feet: Jung and the Actor's Process.