In 1993 I finished studying acting at Wits University. In early 1994 I directed the DET Schools Programme for The Windybrow (PACT/TRUK), and then through 1994 and 1995 I worked extensively at The Windybrow (PACT/TRUK) as an actor. Then in 1996 I was afforded the most amazing experience and my life changed forever.
In 1995 I auditioned at The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia to get into the Voice Studies graduate diploma course. In November of that year I was accepted into the course and in 1996 I travelled to Oz for the most incredible theatrical experience. NIDA was dynamite. The quality of student work was mind boggling and the level of training extraordinary. Bill Pepper, Head of Voice at NIDA, was a wealth of knowledge and totally generous with that knowledge. In the first 3 months of 1996 my perspective on theatre was changed for ever and I finally understood the critical importance of both creativity and technical execution.
As the year unfolded it became abundantly clear to me that I would become a voice trainer. It also became very clear to me that when I returned to South Africa I would do so armed with some amazing knowledge.
Luckily I began work as Head of Voice at The South African School of Film & Drama (AFDA) in February of 1997 and I landed a wonderful freelance contract with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) at roughly the same time, and I was able to begin sharing the knowledge immediately.
And I have never looked back. Discovering my passion for teaching voice and especially for teaching voice in a multicultural environment has shaped my life profoundly. I have gone on to explore voice on so many levels and even been spurred on to write a series of children’s books as a direct result of my work in the field.
The field of Voice Training is an extremely complex and diverse one, and I hope that you will enjoy reading more about my work and my perspectives on voice training in the web pages in this section
Training I offer covers:
Voice for Broadcasting
Radio voice training
Telephone voice training
Learn to speak confidently
You will find loads of free content under the heading of Voice Theory. Let me know what you think.