Improve your speaking voice, vocal clarity & communication
Quintin Norris llam mstat
I first trained as a professional actor in the late 1970s and spent the next ten years 'treading the boards'. It was during this period that I discovered that I had a talent and an enthusiasm for teaching and found that coaching and developing others gave me a great deal of fulfilment and seemed to produce very good results!
I am still a member of equity, but nowadays concentrate on teaching and personal coaching.
For twelve years I was also Head of Drama at a girl's independent school. This was indeed a character building experience! During this time I worked with pupils on all aspects of performance, including speech, improvisation, understanding text, character building and presentation. I directed countless performances during this time, and some since, for amateur and semi-
I have always found that better attention to how we speak and use our voices is not only for those who seek the stage, but an essential tool in effective communication, developing self-
A Note about the Alexander Technique
I am also a Teacher of the Alexander Technique and incorporate it into everything I do. The Technique teaches the skilful "use of the self": how we move, how we breathe, how we learn, how we organise our awareness and focus of attention and, above all, how we choose our reactions in increasingly demanding situations. The Technique essentially provides the support and creates the conditions for the voice to operate properly. In terms of elocution, it helps to become consciously aware of the fundamental role that use of the body plays in how we speak and leads to an improvement in breathing, vocal support, resonance, articulation and vocal strength.