About me

 

I have had the pleasure of working with numerous actors including Matthew Beard; Jeurgen Maurer; Antonia Desplat; Chris Pine; Aaron Taylor Johnson; Tony Curran; Shirley Henderson; Isla Fisher; Geoffrey Rush; Sharon Horgan; Christopher Ecclestone; Daniel Kaluuya; Charlie Hunnam; Djimon Honsou; Renee Zellwegger; Charlize Theron; Stellan Skarsgård; Richard Madden; Holliday Grainger; Phoebe Tonkin;  Phoebe Dynevor; James Cordon; Aggeliki Papoulia; Tobias Menzies and Christopher Eccleston; Jessie Buckley; plus many others in post production for voice and accent conditioning and audition preparation.

I have an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Kings College London; a BA (hons) in Drama: Theatre, Film and Television from the University of Bristol; and a CELTA certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from international House, Bangkok. I hold an IPA certification in phonetics; I am a member of VASTA and The IPA. I am a conversational Spanish and French speaker.

My skills as an actor and experience in business environments taught me how the same tools performers use to engage their audiences are needed equally by people within corporate worlds.  Effective communication is more than just what you say.  It’s about presenting yourself and your message to have the most positive impact on people to get the results you really want in work and life. We need to connect with people to have the best effect on them.  If an actor can’t successfully engage their audience they will not have the strongest impact. If an executive can’t effectively engage with their team, board members, clients or customers, at some stage in their career they will not be able to progress further.

​The fundamental principle of all my courses is to achieve authentic, real communication: be that in an accent for a character or using your own voice; and I am utterly committed to helping everyone realize their full performance potential.

I am accomplished in the use of practical phonetics and their application in accent coaching and English language attainment, as well as being adept at recreating a wide range of accents.  I tailor classes to the type of learner you are and lead you to replicate the sounds, tune, rhythm and cadence of the target accent with confidence.

For non actors, my calm and diplomatic approach pays specific attention to your individual business needs, and will deliver the tools you need to maximize your potential as a strong and charismatic communicator, as well as providing you with an understanding of the most effective delivery techniques.

I have produced tailored accent softening courses to a broad range of clients, including:

  • Company directors
  • CEOs and CFOs
  • Creative directors
  • HR executives
  • TV presenters/Comedians
  • Surgeons and other health professionals
  • Professors and Academics
  • IT professionals

I have worked with professionals from the following companies:

  • Pizza Hut UK
  • Conduent
  • Almeida Theatre
  • University of East London
  • Microsoft
  • NHS
  • Romanian Diaspora