As well as looking after a busy independent client list, I am also visiting Dialect Coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company (www.rsc.org.uk), Voice associate at the Shaw Festival Theatre, Canada, (www.shawfest.com), and a principal Voice and Communication Coach with CMT (www.cmt-london.co.uk).
After achieving my BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts from Birmingham University, I worked as an actress on stage, TV and film. My search for a deeper practical understanding of the physical and vocal skills required by actors led me to a PG Dip in voice studies from Central School of Speech and Drama.
To further develop my skills I taught at LAMDA, Mountview, Guilford, CSSD, before accepting the post of Head of Voice at E15 Acting School in 1999. I continue to do specialist workshops for theatre schools, visiting students, and theatre organisations.
I have a passion for accents, and with 15 years experience as a dialect coach under my belt my first book 'How To Do Accents', was published in 2007, co-written with Jan Haydn Rowles. It quickly became a standard in theatre training. We are currently writing our second book, 'How To Do Standard English Accents', due out this year. It will be the first of a series of How To Do books on specific accents.
In recent years my deep interest in personal development led to me to qualifying as an NLP Master Practitioner. I am now in great demand as a communication and performance coach in the public sector and the corporate world, helping clients to become vocally persuasive and engaging, to understand the physiology of leadership, to deliver challenging messages, to overcome their obstacles and achieve their professional goals.
As a facilitator, teacher, trainer and coach, I strive to liberate, educate, and inspire each individual to unlock their personal talent and develop their unique potential.