Claudette Williams, PGDip | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Claudette Williams, PGDip, LGSM

Job title

Senior Lecturer, Voice


I trained as an actor at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and have worked extensively within theatre, radio, film and television as an actor and voice/dialect coach. I have been a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and whilst there directed a devised a theatre piece which received an Arts Council Bursary; the production was performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre. As an actress I have worked with James Baldwin, Adrian Noble, Roger Mitchell, Katie Mitchell and Phyllida Lloyd.

On completion of my postgraduate study in Voice at Central I joined the staff in 1998, having taught at the Mountview Academy of Theatre and Arts, Rose Bruford and at Arts Educational Schools, London. I am now Senior Lecturer in Voice, Speech and Text, working on the BA (Hons) Acting course. My teaching portfolio has now expanded to include directing and I now direct the first year Shakespeare project, as well as assisting on the final year agent showcase.

I have led workshops at the Moscow Arts Theatre, Russia; University of Cambridge; The University of Oregon theatre programme in London; and Globe Education.

At Central my pedagogy and research have focused on methodology that addresses the ways in which we reconstitute cultural imagination within voice/actors training. I was instrumental in initiating the introduction of Talawa’s Young People's Theatre to Central through delivery of workshops, talks and as voice coach on their summer projects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Application of methodology reflecting cultural diversity in the core syllabus.
  • Supporting Black theatre initiatives within the industry as voice/dialect workshop leader. 


PG Dip Voice Studies, Central School of Speech & Drama
LGSM (Acting) Guildhall School of Music & Drama


Acting, BA

Other Details


My practice includes commissioned BBC Radio 4 play productions and consultancy work as a voice coach. I have worked as a voice/accent coach on a number of film, television and theatre productions, including the following:

2014. Kingston 14 by Roy Williams (Theatre Royal Stratford East)

2013. Fences by August Wilson, with Lenny Henry (Duchess Theatre)

2011. Coriolanus with Lubna Azabal (Dir. Ralph Fiennes).

2010. I am a Slave (dir. Gabriel Ramge, BAFTA Television Award Nominee)

2010. Rum and Coke Cola by Mustapha Matura (West Yorkshire Playhouse)

2008. At The Gates Of Gaza, by Juliet Gilkes Romero (Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Winner, Writer’s Guild of Great Britain award for Best Theatre Play)

2008. Knock against My Heart by Oladipo Agboluaje (Theatre Centre collaboration with Brazil’s Nós Do Morro)

2006. Three Sisters, an adaptation by Mustapha Matura of the play by Anton Chekhov (Eclipse Theatre)

2006. Gems of the Ocean by August Wilson (Tricycle Theatre)

Other practice includes voice consultancy work on a number of Theatre Centre productions and a collaboration with Bruce Goodison on a curriculum for his acting in film summer school in partnership with the Oval Theatre for young asylum seekers.