Jessica Robblee has used ARTiculate: Real&Clear’s training over and over again in her acting career. Be it warming up her voice to be Blanche Dubois for 7am performances at high schools, finding her voice again after a tour of demanding outdoor Shakespeare performances, or resonating in all kinds of ways to give voice to multiple characters at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Buntport Theater, or Curious Theatre- ARTiculate has helped her step into her voice and use it… a LOT. For years, vocal guidance from Hilary Blair has helped Jessica lean on technique so she could be less fearful and more bold.
“Bold is good,” Robblee says. “Bold brings about change for the better.”
Q. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
JR: Story-addict, world-curious, actor-writer-director-coach. Clearly, I couldn’t stick to just three words.
Q. What inspired you to become a performer?
JR: I was at a crossroads as a young college student. Sports had been my extracurricular identity for so long, and I wanted change. I thought back for the last time I was truly happy. The answer came quickly. It was when I played a 14-year-old, very un-Italian-looking version of Cha-Cha DiGregorio in a high school production of Grease in Camp Zama, Japan. Because of that awkward and happy memory, I enrolled in my first acting class. I lucked out. I found myself taking a class from the brilliant Ann Marie Costa. Learning to create and deliver engaging live theatre has been my life trajectory since.
Q. What has been your biggest ah-hah through your work with ARTiculate? Your biggest duh-huh?
JR: Ah-hah: I hold my breath all the time. Duh-hah: I hold my breath all the time.
Q. How do you keep your Communication ChiropracticTM alignment?
JR: Remembering to breathe from time to time helps. Plus the image of the periscope: imaging my neck as the neck of a periscope, the natural “forward and up with chin parallel to the ground” head position… speaking from a Cyclops-like third eye in the middle of my forehead. That’s what helps me work less vocally and hold less tension.
Q. What’s your favorite thing about the work that you do with ARTiculate: Real&Clear?
JR: I have two favorite things! One, I like this team of people. There is such a depth of generosity and intelligence in the ARTiculate Team, and this is what helped me seek Hilary’s help years ago and keep coming back for more.
Two, I like making things better. I especially like improving performances, heightening clarity, finding what helps people have fun while doing new, brave things with their communication. It is exciting when a new connection zaps into place in our minds or between people or between different ways of thinking. Ideas get better when that happens, and I really like working to make that happen.
Here’s Jessica in action with Buntport Theater: