All Things Vocal Blog & Podcast by Judy Rodman: August 2023

Training & insights for stage and studio singers, speakers, vocal coaches and producers from professional vocal coach and author of "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method. Download All Things Vocal podcast on your fav app!

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Metamorphosis of Runaway Home - a New Musical

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On Sept 21 and 22, 2023 a star-studded cast will present (or has already presented) a staged reading of Runaway Home, a musical I co-wrote with Darren J. Butler, to an audience of theater, tv and film professionals and investors who can move it forward to full production. This musical's journey has been a many-year, multi-workshopped, re-worked odyssy - but it's finally ready for prime time. In this interview with Darren, we talk about how this musical has metamorphosized from a couple of monologues he wrote on a plane to a staged reading by headliners for heads of the entertainment industry in the middle of New York.
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Our story:

  • The initial seeds of our collaboration are planted by my sister Beki Ferguson.
  • Darren writes the first monologues are on a plane.
  • With a DVD for Rent and his first song lyrics, Darren talks me into writing for musical theater.
  • Our creation process, writing and getting feedback into the wee hours.
  • Our initial workshops in Decatur, Al and Bristol Connecticut,, what a workshop is and should accomplish.
  • Why we stopped, put the play on hold as years and life went by.
  • Darren emails me out of the blue - "it's time for Runaway Home".
  • New script needed new songs; after initial experimentation, we discover we're back!
  • Previously disaffected by musical theater, Darren discovers Dear Evan Hansen and falls back in love with the artform.
  • Emma Denson is chosen as our director for the reading.
  • We enlist and gather responses from a focus group.
  • Legendary NY talent agent Nancy Carson gives her thumbs up and helps us find our lead actor.
  • The incredible synchronicity of getting Todd Bartos comes onboard to lead the company, and his son to play a part he understands from his own trauma.
  • My friend, business mentor and vocal client Jack Dell decides to back us as sole investor, and help with deal structure - just in time for September!
  • Still sitting on go: Waiting on letters of intent so we can tell people about our stunning cast.
  • Drum roll: We name our staged reading cast!
  • We enlist Sean Pallatroni to do scores as music director for the reading.
  • Next steps for Runaway Home. 
  • What's next for Darren and me. 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

A New Approach To Manual Therapy for Voice: Walt Fritz Interview


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Join us for a fascinating discussion with Walt Fritz, a leading physical therapist who uses a unique, patient-involved approach in manual therapy. With his groundbreaking new book 'Manual Therapy for Voices... a Person-Centered Approach,' Walt emphasizes the importance of active patient participation in the healing process. 

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US-based physical therapist Walt Fritz teaches a unique interpretation of manual therapy for speech-language pathologists, registered dental hygienists, voice professionals, massage, physio, and occupational therapists, osteopaths, and related communities. His gentle, non-manipulative, and interactive approach advances views of causation and impact from historical tissue-specific models into a multifactorial narrative, leaning heavily on biopsychosocial influences. His principles apply to a broad spectrum of intervention models using a model of evaluation and intervention that encourages equality between patient and clinician, utilizing shared decision-making rather than the biomedical clinician-as-expert approach. 

Unlike traditional laryngeal and soft tissue manipulation, Walt offers the clinician and patient a more subtle approach that gives the receiver more time to assess its influence and relevance. This approach is often better tolerated than aggressive, manipulative forms of treatment and aligns well with newer research findings, allowing the patient to frame the intervention from their preferences and values. Seeing the utility of manual therapy not as a standalone treatment but as an integral part of clinicians' more extensive work, Walt assimilates his approach into a wide range of treatment protocols. His work is equally appropriate for dysphagia, dysphonia, voice performance limitations, oral motor dysfunction, tongue-related concerns, breathing difficulties, and related disorders.

Walt presents his live, in-person workshops internationally through his Foundations in Manual Therapy Seminars,, offers of range of online learning opportunities, and his book is scheduled for release in March 2023 titled "Manual Therapy in Voice and Swallowing: A Person-Centered Approach," and maintains a physical therapy practice in Upstate, NY, USA.


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Have you ever been treated by a manual therapist? What do you think about being more actively involved in your healing journey?

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