Your voice. Your life.
We help people of all ages, all abilities, all genders to find their voice. By combining the fields of theatre and speech language pathology, Vox Chicago serves the whole person in their journey towards authentic, sustainable communication. Specialties include voice therapy for phonotraumatic voice disorders (vocal nodules, vocal fold hemorrhage), trans voice therapy, child language disorders (autism spectrum disorder, low incidence populations, early intervention), and voice injury prevention education.
"I was doing double duty, opening a Short Shakes at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in the morning and performing six shows a week in the evenings. One weekend it got the best of me and I couldn't even phonate. Tempe literally brought my voice back to life in one session and gave me all the tools I needed to maintain vocal technique; not just a bandaid, but a full first aid kit."
Alex Weisman, Broadway actor
When the voice goes in the middle of the performance week, questions arise: Should I stop talking? Should I call out? Is there anything I’m not trying that I should? This unique service is a one-hour session, tailored to the individual singer, providing voice hygiene and treatment approaches from both the performing and voice therapy worlds. We will work through your material with you and provide exercises to help you find sustainable modifications to get you through the week while maintaining the integrity of your performance. You will get strategies you can use to improve voice quality tonight.
*Not intended to diagnose or treat voice disorders. Follow up visit with an ENT is strongly recommended*
You've been to your ENT and you have your diagnosis of a voice disorder. Now what? Vox Chicago provides voice therapy services based in a behavioral approach, maximizing your vocal function and eliminating harmful behaviors, for good. You will gain hygiene approaches you can incorporate into your daily routines, voice production exercises to retrain the way you use your voice, and proprioceptive skills that will allow you to monitor old behaviors that no longer serve you.
Gender Affirming Voice Therapy
This voice therapy explores pitch, resonance, and supralinguistic elements of speech to help you find a sustainable voice to match your gender expression. Find the voice you can be proud of.
Child Speech and Language Therapy
Children's communication needs vary by age and ability. Whether you seek Early Intervention services, help with syntax or grammar errors, articulation therapy, social language strategies, or support with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), Vox Chicago provides multimodal intervention approaches to foster independence.
The 8th Show: Voice Injury Prevention
This two hour workshop covers current best practice for voice hygiene including vocal exercises, allergy treatments, and acid reflux considerations. Tools can be used by singers at all levels, emphasizing consistent performance from the beginning of the week to the 8th show. Participants leave with actionable steps they can take that day to improve their vocal quality.
The human voice is the organ of the soul
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Vox Chicago was founded by Tempe Thomas, MHS, CCC-SLP, an actor, singer, and certified speech-language pathologist. Tempe was born and raised in the DC metropolitan area where she spent her formative years working in early childhood classrooms with her mother. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Communication at Northwestern University she then worked for over 10 years as a professional musical theatre performer in regional theatres like the Goodman, Lookingglass Theatre, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theater Company, Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, and Drury Lane Theatre. Tempe returned to school to earn a Masters of Health Science in Communication Disorders from Governors State University, completing a thesis on the dysphonia treatment-seeking and hygiene practices of professional singers. She presented her findings at the 2015 ASHA Convention in Denver, Colorado. Personal experience with a voice disorder has driven Tempe’s dedication to patient-centered outcomes, with functional therapy practices that emphasize independence while supporting the emotional components of communication challenges. Tempe now indulges all of her passions, working with children of all abilities ages 3 to 22 at the Niles Township District for Special Education as well as providing private voice and language therapy to individuals ages 0-99 through Vox Chicago. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).