A conversation with Professor Ros Steen.
Professor Ros Steen FRCS. MA. DSD. IPA.
Ros Steen has worked as a Voice specialist for Theatre, Film and TV for over thirty five years with more than two hundred and fifty credits to her name including work for, among many others, the National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, Citizens’ Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Royal Lyceum, Dundee Rep and Leeds Playhouse. She is an Emeritus Professor of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she led the Centre for Voice in Performance establishing Nadine George Voice Work, with its emphasis on the unique connection between an individual and their voice, as the core spoken technique in the training of actors and performers. One of the first accredited teachers of the technique she has spent many years pioneering its use as a medium of professional rehearsal practice. She was the first Visiting Scholar to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University where she worked with the multi-award winning director John Tiffany. Landmark productions include Alan Cumming’s Macbeth (UK and Broadway) and BlackWatch (National Theatre of Scotland) as well as the premières of plays by David Harrower, David Greig, Linda Mclean, Rona Munro and Nicola McCartney, among others. In 2019 she gave a joint presentation with writer A.L.Kennedy to the Akademie de Kunst in Berlin on the connection between the voice work and writing.
Since leaving RCS she has continued to work on productions in and outside Scotland as well as giving master classes and workshops nationally and internationally for a variety of creative practitioners. She is the Editor of Growing Voices: Nadine George Technique – the Evolution of its Influence in Training and Performance and has published several research papers about her work. She is currently a director of Voice Studio International and an Associate Editor of the International Dialects of English Archive.
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