From a very young age, I realised that in a world that was already oversubscribed with talented and confident performers I needed far more than just talent. I realised that the only way I could get where I wanted was to improve my ability. I began to craft a sense that getting it right — sounding good — wasn’t magic; it was a result of (a) understanding myself better, (b) developing my practice and (c) the ability to successfully bring together instinct and technical ability. This very quickly became my code of conduct both as an artist and as a coach.
As a result, I founded UK Voice Coach to enable people to reach the full potential of their own voice. We cross the spectrum from spoken to sung voice, and our experience has found us working with drama students, professional actors and singers, hobbyists and in the corporate world.
The UK Voice Coach Approach
Throughout my career I’ve developed a three-tiered system that informs my approach to the human voice. I am fascinated by the needs of the individual and I genuinely want to know how I can get the best out of that individual’s voice; whether that is better authority in the meeting room, a clearer accent in speech, singing just for fun or a successful drama school audition. I approach the art of using the voice based on the following three pillars: speech, song and integration.
Using the work of a variety of practitioners including Cecily Berry, Kristin Linklater, Frankie Armstrong, David Cary and Arthur Lessac, I run group workshops and individual sessions on the spoken voice; from vocal clarity and safe shouting, to accents and accent reduction. Through the work of these practitioners and many others I also focus on exploratory approaches which enable clients to realise and release the natural ability of their own voice, enabling them to communicate effectively, powerfully and with a healthy sound. This work caters to the whole person and enriches them in their ability to use their voice effectively.
My teaching practice employs techniques drawn from many pedagogies: Steven Luke Walker’s Laryngeal Conditioning System, elements of Husler, the Bel Canto tradition, Speech Level Singing and the work of Jo Estill. Even if one approach fits a particular student, it might be too technical or fluffy for someone else, so instead of a one-size-fits-all singing lesson, my mission is to discover how a particular voice works and use the best combination of approaches suited to that voice.
I have found over years of coaching that the disciplines of both speech and singing provide equally valuable insights to unlocking the voice of an individual. The huge variety of technical and imagery-based approaches to speech and singing are endlessly fascinating, and over time my own practice has developed into a multi-disciplinary approach which integrates these many practices of voice and singing to great effect. As a result of this, my work is tailored to the client’s needs whether it is speech, singing or a combination or the two.
Katie has taught voice and singing for the last twelve years, whilst working professionally as an actress and musician. After completing her first degree in Music, Katie trained in Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) where she later obtained her MA in the Practice of Voice and Singing.
Since graduating Katie has worked as a freelance voice, speech, accent and singing coach for professional theatre companies including Unbound Productions, Guildford Fringe Theatre, Stepping Out Theatre, Lynchpin and Apollo Theatre Company. She has also taught at drama schools such as Laine Theatre Arts and Hurtwood House, and is currently a faculty member in the Voice & Speech and Singing departments at GSA. Katie coaches voice and presentation privately and in corporate settings. She continues to work as a musical director, actor and singer and is an Associate Artist with Lynchpin and Artifice Theatre Company.