Alongside a career as an actor, theatre director and voice artist, I have been using applied theatre practice in learning & development since 1998.
I work as a coach, role player and facilitator for several consultancies in the arena of effective communications and leadership development.
I have also taught and directed at many of the leading UK drama schools.
It’s all about audience engagement!
I have been lucky to find several ways to maintain a creative output alongside learning and development opportunities in a wide range of sectors all over the world. Whether performing, directing a play, narrating an audio book or coaching the leaders of global organisations, my focus is on the power, clarity and impact of how to achieve the desired impression on an audience, where the effect is entirely congruent with the story that needs to be told.
“I took up touring theatre in the mid-1980s when I co-founded the Animus Theatre Company with several other youthful and intrepid actors from Bolton. I put the pen down on my last exam paper and stepped into the theatre bus outside the school gates to head out to Austria and Germany on the festival circuit. My passion to create work that inspires, provokes, educates and entertains has in no way diminished, and I am delighted to continue to work on stage and screen thirty years on.
I have worked across a wide range of genres, from clowning and panto to horror films, new writing and Shakespeare. I love devising and collaborative work and am always ready for a new challenge.”
“I work as a voice artist for a wide range of clients, narrating television documentaries, commercials, internet video, conference VO’s, video game characters, BBC radio drama, as well as a long list of unabridged audio books for publishers such as HarperCollins, Oakhill and Audible.
I have my own studio based in West Berkshire and often work directly with clients, as well as through my agent at The Voice Over Store.
Check out some of the books I’ve narrated here and please have a listen to samples of my other voice work.”
LEARNING and DEVELOPMENT
“I have been using applied theatre skills in L&D for both public and private sectors since 1998. I work as a coach, facilitator, role player and designer of business simulations, borrowing skills and techniques from the rehearsal room and applying them to the practise of other professions, not only for senior leaders and managers, but a vast range of occupations, as diverse as rail workers, medical experts, mechanics and retail staff.
My particular strengths lie in audience engagement and communication skills. I run masterclasses on body language, personality styles and presentation skills among other areas of capability development all around the world.”
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