My language coaching services are most relevant to actors, poets, and public speakers.
With training in acting, a professional background in production and a Ph.D. in English Renaissance Drama, I am uniquely positioned to assist actors in understanding the marvellous and terrifying intricacies of Shakespearean English and social culture in Renaissance England.
For the past 11 years, I have worked with actors (amateur, emerging and well-seasoned) to help them better understand Shakespearean text. This includes helping actors to get ready for auditions and working with them as they prepare for production.
I have extended my services to help poets prepare for public readings, as well as to assist other individuals in honing their public speaking skills. Together, we work on breathing exercises, text analysis and elocution.
Who am I? (Or, Why would you pick me for your language coach?)
I specialize in English Renaissance Drama. I have published on several Jacobean plays, as well as contributed in the area of the Renaissance to a number of reference books and encyclopedias. I have also worked in theatre production and administration both professionally and in community drama. My theatre affiliations include Thynke Byggly Productions (Oxford, UK), the Bandshell Players (Nova Scotia), Festival by the Marsh (New Brunswick) and Pacific Theatre (Vancouver). I am also founding producer of Doktor Luke Productions, which has mounted multiple cabarets and concerts as fundraising initiatives for a variety of arts and mental wellness communities.
Note to actors
I’m neither a director nor a professional actor, so my goal is not to address your acting but is rather to help you understand how to speak Shakespearean text in a meaningful and natural manner.