SoMo (Sound In Motion) Theatre is a multidisciplinary theatre company based in Montreal, Canada, dedicated to the exploration of the moving voice in theatre. Headed by artistic director Shannon Holmes, SoMo offers group and private classes in voice (speech and singing) with a special emphasis on uncovering each individual’s own authentically embodied voice.
A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Artistic director Shannon Holmes is a singer, actor, director and educator whose work revolves around voice. Shannon received her BFA in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Music from Concordia University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently pursuing her PhD at The University of Birmingham, UK, in Theatre and Drama Studies where her research includes the development of improvisational practices as a process towards performance and the theoretical exploration of the connections between the lived body and voice. As a performer, Shannon has worked for over 30 years as both an opera singer and an actor with credits that include include Papagena in The Magic Flute, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel and Maria in Twelfth Night.
Shannon is currently part-time faculty at Concordia University in Montréal teaching Voice and Speech in the Theatre Department and previously taught at Capilano University in North Vancouver BC. She has led workshops privately, for the Arts Club Actors Intensive (Vancouver), Shift Space (Montréal), the MBA program at HEC Montréal, and the University of Birmingham UK. As well, she has maintained a busy private studio for over 20 years, coaching singers and actors in both speech and singing. She has had the honour of coaching numerous talented students, many who have gone on to very successful careers that have included leading roles on Broadway, London’s West End, National Tours, as well as most of the major stages across Canada.
She has extensive training in a large and diverse range of vocal techniques including bel canto, Roy Hart, Linklater, and most recently, has returned from the Royal Central School for Speech and Drama in London where she has completed her certification as an Associate Fitzmaurice Voicework® teacher.