SoMo (Sound In Motion) Theatre is a multidisciplinary theatre company based in Montréal, 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. 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 an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada and previously taught in the Theatre Departments at Concordia University, Dawson College and John Abbott College in Montréal and 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.
Dr Holmes hold a PhD in Theatre and Drama studies from the University of Birmingham UK, a MFA from Goddard College in the US and a BFA with a Specialization in Theatre Performance and a Minor in Music from Concordia University in 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.