WHO AM I?
An Experienced Voice Coach with an Holistic Perspective
I am a Voice & Text teacher and coach with 15 years’ experience working with young, in-training actors, as well as seasoned professionals. I trained in voice with Toronto’s renowned coach, David Smukler, and then completed my MA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, UK in 2004. Over the past twenty years, I have been developing my expertise in Shakespeare and classical text, and my research into breathwork and its implications for actor training can be found in the book, Breath in Action: The Art of Breath in Vocal and Holistic Practice.
I am also a qualified yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner and am interested in all forms of body work practices related to holistic health & well-being. For many years I have been researching the nervous system and the mechanisms through which trauma, anxiety & depression are held in the body, as well as the various somatic practices by which they can be healed.
Teaching: Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA; 2005 - 2016) and East 15 School of Acting (2007 – 2010, 2016- present).
Coaching includes (all UK): in a word (Young Vic, 2019), The King of Hell's Palace (Hampstead Theatre, 2019), Appropriate (Donmar, 2019), Equus (Trafalgar Studios, English Touring Theatre & Theatre Royal Stratford East), Company Voice Work for Hamlet, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Shakespeare's Rose Theatre in York & Blenheim Palace (2019), Company Voice Work for the National Theatre productions of Saint George and the Dragon (2017), Nine Night (2018), An Octoroon (2018), as well as: Double Falsehood (Mokita/Grit Productions); Bright Lights Big City (This Stage Ltd., 2010), Hamlet (The Royal Shakespeare Company, A Devilish Exercise (The Rose Theatre Trust, 2006), 2005), Comedy of Errors (Creation Theatre, Oxford, 2005), Full Frontal Diva (Finborough Theatre, 2004).
Private coaching includes: developmental voice, text for audition, public speaking/presentation skills, dialect/dialect-reduction.
Education: MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Bachelors degree in Education and BA (Hons) English Literature and Theatre Arts, both from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.