Daron Oram, BA, MA, SFHEA

Job title

Senior Lecturer, Voice

Profile

I am theatre practitioner with a specialism in voice, text and accents and dialects. I studied drama at Exeter University. I spent a number of years performing, directing and devising and was Joint Artistic Director of bYAct People’s Theatre and Twisted Productions. Since 2005, I have been studying and teaching voice. I am a graduate of the MA Voice Studies Course at Central and a Designated Linklater Teacher. I have taught at East 15, Italia Conti, ACT Brighton, Circus Space, and Brighton College. For 6 years I was Head of Voice on the BA in Musical Theatre at ArtsEd and I am now Senior Lecturer on the BA Acting CDT and the MA/MFA Voice Studies courses here at Central.

My professional practice as a voice coach includes work for the RSC and other national touring and West End companies. I have led professional workshops for actors at The Actor’s Centre, The Poel Project and Central School in London and also in the USA. I regularly mentor newly qualified and trainee voice teachers and support suitable candidates to gain entry onto the Linklater Designation programme.

My research focusses mainly on the training actor and pedagogy. I am currently undertaking practiced based research into Michael Chekhov Technique, Linklater Voice and the Presence of the Actor. My other research is exploring Psycho-Physical Training Techniques for Actors with SpLDs – Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. I have presented papers at a number of conferences in relation to this research.

I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I am a member of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association, the International Centre for Voice.

Courses

Acting (CDT), BA

Voice Studies, MA/MFA

Teaching Areas

  • Practical Voice
  • Voice and Text
  • Shakespeare
  • Voice into Acting
  • Accents and Dialects
  • Verbatim Theatre
  • MA/MFA Research Supervision

Research Areas

  • Voice Studies
  • Linklater, Michael Chekhov and Presence
  • Psycho-Physical training for Actors with SpLDs – Dyslexia and Dyspraxia

Key Publications

2015. ‘Research and Practice in Voice Studies: In Search of a Methodology.’ In The Voice and Speech Review Vol 9 Issue 1 pp15-27, Routledge, Tayor & Francis Online http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23268263.2015.1059674

Practice

My practice includes masterclasses and voice and dialect coaching:

2016. Symposium Chair, Michael Chekhov in the 21st Century: New Pathways – Chekhov and Voice, Goldsmiths College.

2016. Masterclass, Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice, The Actor’s Centre.

2015. Voice and Text Coach, Twelfth Night – A Gender Experiment, Rose Playhouse.

2015. Masterclass, Hamlet R&D, Librarian Theatre.

2015. Masterclass, Transhakespeare, Young Vic/King’s College.

2015. Masterclasses, Linklater, M. Chekhov and Presence, The Actor’s Centre and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

2013. Masterclass, Freeing Your British Dialect, The Linklater Centre, New York.

2009-12 Voice and Dialect Coach, Matilda, RSC Stratford and West End. Dir Matthew Warchus.

2011 Voice and Dialect Coach, The Wizard of Oz, West End. Dir Jeremy Sams.

Register of Interest

Nothing to declare.

E-mail

daron.oram@cssd.ac.uk