I have spent many years working in theatre, writing, acting, directing and stage managing and returned to education as a mature student, graduating from the Lincoln School of Performing Arts (LSPA) at the University of Lincoln with an honours degree in Drama. During my studies, I undertook a number of specialisms including Twentieth Century American Drama, Aspects of Acting, Early Modern Drama, Theatre and Consciousness and Restoration to Melodrama. Following graduation, I began teaching speech and drama privately, tutoring students through Trinity certificates, assisting with voice techniques and all aspects of theatre and performance skills.
I am currently studying for a Masters in Drama at the University of Lincoln, focusing on Contemporary British Theatre. I am a trustee of the Wolfit Festival of Drama and Verse in Newark and a member of the Lincoln Music and Drama Festival committee.
In addition, I hold certificates from the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA) in Acting (Honours), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Speech and Drama (Merit) and Prose Reading (Honours).
I am also an Ambassador for the Terry O'Toole Theatre in North Hykeham, Lincoln.
I have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate, formerly known as a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Certificate available to view upon request.
Please note, I am not a speech therapist.
“Helen began working with our daughter to prepare her for taking her grade 7 Trinity Speech and Drama exam and also with a view to performing at the Lincoln Music and Drama festival and the Wolfit Festival of Drama and Verse in Newark. Over the course of 6 months, Helen worked closely with her on several areas of performance including choosing and understanding her dramatic pieces, developing her acting skills and instruction on how to deliver her poetry and prose pieces correctly. We were delighted when she received 4 first places for her dramatic solo and Shakespearian pieces at the festivals and went on to achieve 97/100 in her Trinity exam! We feel that Helen has been a very positive influence for our daughter and has made a real difference to her performance skills. Helen is continuing to work with her towards the grade 8 Trinity exam and I’m sure we’ll see further growth and progression in the coming months.”
“I asked Helen for her help when I had an upcoming presentation and military selection to undergo. I was concerned that my voice wasn't projecting sufficiently, and I wanted to have 'presence' for the leadership exercises I had to take. Helen immediately set about fixing issues that I wasn't even aware of, as well as boosting my confidence in myself - despite the huge task she had in front of her. The presentation was a success and had a great reaction. During the military selection Helen was constantly in touch to see how I was progressing and this was very helpful. Her advice and teaching was spot on, giving me the skills and confidence I needed for the gruelling requirements of exercises and senior officer interview. I remembered her words as I undertook each exercise. If it hadn't been for Helen's teaching I wouldn't have done one-tenth as well. Helen is evidently very passionate about teaching speech and drama and this enthusiasm came across in our lessons. Helen also remained in touch afterwards to see how it had all gone and was overjoyed to hear it went well.”