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 focuses 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.
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
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.
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