Voice and Body Training (November 2nd-3rd, 2022)


Integral to voice and body training is the central idea that physical and vocal dynamics are connected to the speaker’s motivation and to the importance of the information being communicated. The workshop is led by a theatre professional who will identify the verbal challenges of each speaker, giving attention to breath, articulation, intonation, volume, modulation and tempo. You will be coached to improve nonverbal aspects such as gesture, positioning, distance, eye contact and relationship with media.

Participants monitor their improvement and implement feedback with active role-play exercises in which they present in various scenarios such as academic presentation to a large and small audience, informal meetings, interviews and teaching situations.

Contents in brief:

  • Intensive exercises to identify vocal and physical inhibitions
  • Strengthen and release tension in the voice and body
  • Identify the dynamics between the voice and body by connecting the upper and lower hemispheres of the body
  • Make conscious vocal choices in the delivery of the presentation to communicate each idea with clarity and precision
  • Use eye contact to make points and to underline key ideas with fluid gestures
  • Explore a dynamic use of space and how to construct an architecture of ideas in the space
  • Adopt strategies to use the potential of the technical equipment and physical objects


  • Physical and vocal exercises
  • Group coaching with individual support
  • Role-play activities

Target group: Doctoral candidates and postdocs from all departments and fields of study

Trainer: Ric Oquita | impulsplus


  • Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: S1|21 Ingenium House (Magdalenenstr. 25), Room A105

Language: English

Please fill in the Ingenium registration form (opens in new tab) and send it signed by your supervisor or adviser via E-Mail:

Ric Oquita is a classically trained actor, singer and dancer, and a graduate in Theatre Arts from the University of Southern California (BA) and Cornell University (MA). As a professional performer, he has worked in theatres across the USA. Since 2007, he works as a trainer with Impulsplus. Ric provides techniques to strengthen and support effective speaking, crafted writing, corporal training and interpersonal communication skills. He excels as a trainer in offering support tailored to the needs of each participant in a proactive environment, helping speakers to develop engaging and impactful presentations and to articulate a central theme and core messages.

His motto: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

Please note that a registration via the registration form is obligatory for all Ingenium events.

Courses are free of charge for early career researchers of the TU Darmstadt.

Please consider the following information concerning the registration procedure:

  • Please register for each event with a separate registration form.
  • Once your registration form is submitted, your registration is binding.
  • At least two weeks before the event starts, you will receive information about the status of your registration.
  • Registrations are recognised in the order in which they have been submitted.
  • Events will only take place if the necessary number of participants is reached.
  • If you cannot participate in an event for which you have already registered, please contact us immediately to allow people on the waiting list to take your place.
  • In the case of unexcused absence, future registrations will be considered subordinately.
  • If an event is announced in German, it will be conducted in German. If an event is announced in English, it will be conducted in English.

The following applies only to trainings in the qualification programme:

  • The registration form must be signed by your supervisor or adviser.
  • You can register for up to five events per programme.
  • Please send your registration as a scanned pdf version by e-mail.


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