In this article we argue that the entry-level theatre voice teacher is confronted in the
theatre voice class with a ‘dichotomized voice’ in training, where the physiological
and the socio-cultural interweave brain/mind/body to form a sense of a self-reflected
whole, through and because of voice usage. In the theatre voice training process, the
student’s voice is subject to his or her embodied socio-cultural experience, which
impacts on how the voice is produced and used in relation to the sense of self.
Therefore the voice-in-training is intimately shaped by the body and embodiment. The
student’s voice as gestural routine becomes an auditory marker of his/her identity. The
entry-level theatre voice teacher should develop skills to pedagogically and ethically
facilitate the training of the ‘dichotomized voice’.