In a year filled with uncertainty, forced isolation and some of the most divisive issues facing society, we have all been challenged to reflect on our core values and beliefs; to work out when we need to speak out and when we need to listen. But really knowing how and when to use your voice can feel like a challenge of epic proportions especially when you add a good dose anxiety, a dash of imposter syndrome and a sprinkle of societal conditioning. This week we are delighted to be talking to the incredible voice coach and director, Barbara Houseman all about our voices and how to use them.
Barbara Houseman has worked in theatre for forty years. After dividing her time between Directing and Voice Work, she spent six years in the world renowned Voice Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company and then became Associate Director at the Young Vic . For the last 22 years she has worked freelance as a Voice, Text and Acting coach. She has worked with the best performers including Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Jessie Buckley. She is the author of Finding Your Voice and Tackling Text [and Subtext] both published by Nick Hern Books and of two digital Masterclasses Developing Your Voice and Bringing the Text to Life. Barbara has also trained as a Healing Shiatsu Practitioner, Master NLP Practitioner and Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling Coach.