What She Said — A Workshop on Empowering Women’s Voices in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Mar 30, 2024

09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

111 Church Street, Obermann Center Library

111 Church Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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Our voices are an important indicator of who we are. Female-presenting speakers often learn self-undermining speaking habits from the people and society around them. How does the voice contribute to our sense of presence and how others perceive us? Tone, inflection, pace, and volume are some of the vocal elements that provide clues for the listener as to what we think and feel.

In this workshop, UI Theatre Arts professor Mary Mayo will invite you to develop a greater awareness of your voice and its strengths and weaknesses. Then she’ll teach you exercises to increase and enhance its effectiveness.

Please note: This workshop is especially designed for female-presenting speakers and the sometimes unique social and cultural forces that shape the ways they use their voices. This is a competitive application process. We can accept up to 20 faculty, staff, and graduate student participants.

Applications are due Feb. 16, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at