Anxiety and the Voice:

Management Strategies for Performance Optimization

with special guest

Jennie Morton

April 29th, 2020

7 PM Eastern on Zoom


Performance anxiety is a phenomenon that many artists experience, but anxiety can also be threaded through other aspects of our lives and is particularly relevant to the current situation. To manage anxiety, it is essential to understand the underlying biological mechanisms that drive this experience so that strategies can be developed that work in accordance with the body’s intteligence. 


In this session, you will learn about the role of the nervous, immune, and digestive systems in relation to anxiety, and how these can affect the voice. We will also discover how the voice and music can be used to manage anxiety through an understanding of the actions of the Vagus Nerve. The session will be interactive as we explore physical strategies for managing and preventing anxiety, and how these same approaches can also be used for character development for artistic performance. 

JENNIE MORTON BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology

Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional

Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider


After a long performing career as a Ballet dancer, West End Musical Theatre performer, and lead singer of a London Big Band, Jennie is now a Clinical Osteopath specializing in the field of Performing Arts Medicine. She provides treatment for musculoskeletal, neurobiological, and psycho-physiological issues, and uses somatic approaches for anxiety management. She is also a performance coach for actors, singers, and dancers using a neurobiological approach for both character development and optimizing the performer-audience interface. 


Jennie is in demand internationally as a lecturer in the field of Performing Arts Medicine, and also provides education on the neurobiology of trauma and anxiety to healthcare professionals and lay people. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical and industry journals and she is the author of three books: The Authentic Performer: Wearing a Mask and the Effect on Health; The Embodied Dancer: A Guide to Optimal Performance; and Dancing Longer, Dancing Stronger.


Jennie is on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), and the Dance Resource Center (DRC; LA), sits on the Health & Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education (ISME), and the Clinical Advisory Board for Backline (musicians’ mental health organization), is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc for Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, and is the Wellness Professor at the Colburn School (LA). She runs a clinical practice from offices in West Hollywood as well as providing online coaching for anxiety management, performance coaching, and healthcare practitioner training. She also provides online courses in anxiety management and other health management topics via her online school at https://becomembodied.com

If you have any questions, please email hello@innovativevoicestudio.com. 

Webinar cancellation policy: Full refund for any cancellations made at least 48 hours before the class. Class credit for a future team training for any cancellations within 24 hours. No refunds or credits will be issued for any cancellations within the 24 hour deadline.

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