Developing the Professional Voice of the Actor.Linda Gates addresses key mechanical elements of voice and speech (eliminating the division of the two) in a straightforward style, explaining the basic physiological production of the voice, and providing exercises for relaxation and proper body alignment. The exercises cover breathing control and resonance, proper articulation (with practice selections taken from the literary, poetic and theatrical cannons), and vocal problems such as regional dialects and lisping. She gives guidelines for theatrical adaptation of diverse speech patterns (shouting, screaming, whispering, and various "character voices"), discusses such difficulties as miking, and even addresses the actor's approach to vocal interpretation of character and text. A useful guide not only for actors, but for all who want to make more effective use of their voice. ©1999.