I am a voice and accent/dialect coach with over a decade of experience working in theatre and teaching in some of the top London drama schools.
Having gained a first in English at University College London (1991), I trained as an actor at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. I worked for a number of years as an actor, but found myself making more money as a voice over artist than as an actor – and eventually acting and I parted company.
I’ve always been fascinated with the human voice, and in 2006 I decided to apply for the M.A. in voice studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama (it wasn’t “Royal” in those days!) – from which I graduated with an M.A. in Voice Studies (dis-tinction) in 2008.
Just a year after graduating from Central, I was asked back to teach phonetics on the M.A. Voice Studies course. It was supposed to be a temporary post – but I stayed for eight years, initially teaching phonetics and eventually overseeing the whole accent module. Many of my ex students are now successful accent and speech trainers in their own right.
I have also taught the speech and accent strand on the undergraduate course at RADA. I have worked at The Globe, taken workshops at the National Theatre and worked on productions for the Royal Court and the Young Vic.
Outside of teaching, I continue to do a lot of voice over work – mostly narrating doc-umentaries. My interests in classical music and birdsong feed into and enrich my work with voice and accent.