New Lectio Divina/Scripture from the Heart

12 February Noon – 1 pm. West Dining Hall EMU

New Lectio Divina/Scripture from the Heart is an intensive Scripture immersion experience created by Prof. Kate Burke, based on techniques used at Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre to prepare actors for the rigors of speaking Shakespeare. Creative, playful, yet reverent, New Lectio Divina relies on word repetition, call and response, and simple movement to lead a group through an intensive exploration of an entire Scripture passage. Each session reveals the intimacy, the layers of meaning, the images, the signs and symbols, the immediacy and power of God’s Holy Word

An inaugural member of the University of Virginia Academy of Teaching, a Mead Endowment Honored Faculty Member, and Head of the theatre voice program, Burke is a past president of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc. With an M.F.A. in Acting from the Ohio University Professional Actor Training Program, she has headed graduate theatre voice programs at the Universities of Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, and Washington. Coaching credits include productions at the Guthrie Theater, American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI), San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, and 100s of university productions across the country. Other outreach includes workshops and private coaching for theatres, conferences, medical schools, women’s group, news anchors, and clergy. Awarded a University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Associateship in 1997, she spent a semester in the U. K., Wales, Scotland, Sweden and India, working with Andrew Wade, then Head of Voice with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Burke was co-recipient of a National Institutes of Health grant to compare two vocal strain therapies. Results of the study appeared in THE JOURNAL OF VOICE. Burke has offered workshops at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, Brisbane’s Shakespeare Ensemble, the Swedish National Academy of Acting, the Dundalk (Ireland) Institute of Technology and Rome’s University of Roma Tre. Publications include numerous articles for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc (VASTA), an essay in the Applause Books publication of THE VOCAL VISION, an article in the IOWA STATE JOURNAL OF RESEARCH, and editorship of an early VASTA COMBINED BIBLIOGRAPHY. A member of Actor’s Equity, Burke has appeared at the Portland (Maine) Stage Company, American Conservatory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Iowa Playwrights Festival, Heritage Repertory Theatre, Barksdale Theatre, New Harmony Summer Repertory Theatre, Porthouse Theatre, Nebraska Repertory Theatre, Spokane Interplayers Ensemble, and Ft. Worth Shakespeare in the Park. Television credits include a lead role in The MALADY, directed by Marshall Jamison and produced by Nebraska Public Television; radio work includes narration for the nationally syndicated “Backstory with the American History Guys” and “Duck’s Breath Mystery Theatre.” “New Lectio Divina,” an interfaith, intensive Scripture immersion process, was born in 2010. For information visit