35 years of teaching, writing and directing
I currently teach as a guest practitioner, visiting lecturer and coach in Acting for Performance, Voice and Classical Text at The Rose Bruford College of the Arts.
I teach across a wide variety of programs including 2 M.A. courses: Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) and Actor Musicianship. Also, with the American Theatre Arts - BA, European Theatre Arts - BA, Foundation and BA Acting/Acting Musicianship. I am also a guest Director often across the Shakespeare Season and with the MA programs.
For many years I have been a Senior Voice and Text Associate and Senior Associate Education Practitioner with the Royal Shakespeare Company working across a number of projects, both in-reach an out-reach. Current work includes The Shakespeare Nation Project with 3 community groups across 3 UK cities.
I support a number of UK Theatre Companies the length and breadth of the British Isles as Patron/Associate/Mentor. Many of these were associated with the RSC’s original Open Stages Project 2011-16.
I am keen to support all forms of training and regularly attend many Studio Programs including The ‘A’ Project at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal and Belfast’s Lyric Studio Program helping students to access quality training who might be challenged by economics and geography.
On my own turf I am the Associate and Patron of ‘Re-Shake Theatre Company’ in Kent.
My own company ‘Garden Shakespeare Theatre Company’ in Kent, will offer Shakespeare across the summer months and this coming Summer 2021 - the program is The Two Gentlemen of Verona and As you Like It in the stunning grounds of Beacon Hill Cottage. I use graduates solely so in their first professional job they get the opportunity of working ‘al fresco’ with my method ‘Elemental Shakespeare’ and working as an ensemble in repertory on a fairly large scale production.
I have my own training platform in Kent and run bespoke voice and text workshops and residential courses from my studio - ‘The Colour Voice Studio’ exclusively working with my own established methodology.
Currently with global and domestic restrictions I am running a series of Zoom Rooms directing 3 Shakespeares! The Zoom Rooms are available to all. You can join Twelfth Night or Two Gentlemen and Macbeth! I am keen for folk to keep their Shakespeare muscle alert, active and practising. It’s open to all and currently folk from most continents are attending! A truly international meeting of minds and common pursuit.
I am a regular visitor to Paris and to A.R.T.A. - The Actor’s Traditions Research Association (Association de Recherche des Traditions de l'Acteur) in the magnificent Bois de Vincennes. For 8 years I have been delivering workshops and directing projects with my accomplice there Christina Batman, supported and hosted by Jean-Francois Dusigne and his team at ARTA. They have welcomed the opportunity to share rehearsal room techniques set up originally by RSC Voice Director Cicely Berry. In 2021 they are supporting the Shakespeare D’Avril Festival in April 2021 which was to have culminated in ‘The Henriad’ in the magnificent Chateau de Vincennes but will now run online.