WHO I AM
Certified Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®
Since 1999, I have offered an individualized approach to working with people on their voice, breathing, presence and communication.
My work in voice and public speaking began because of my own shyness and anxiety. In the early 90's, I began working in the field of conflict resolution. In that work, and in group situations in general, I struggled to be present and communicate effectively. To address those challenges, I began a long and wide-ranging process. I found people in diverse fields who could help me. I paid attention to what was really happening in the moment. And slowly I began to realize what I needed to focus on to improve my experience and effectiveness.
As I began to teach, these experiences deeply informed my approach. I learned, amongst other things, that to realize real change, cookie-cutter approaches don't get at what is needed.
I now teach voice and public speaking in Los Angeles and internationally. I am a lead trainer for the two-year Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher Certification Program. I participated in the first Fitzmaurice Voicework Teacher Certification Program, in 1998. This program was developed by the founder of Fitzmaurice Voicework, my mother, Catherine Fitzmaurice. I am also Director Emeritus of The Fitzmaurice Institute (which trains voice teachers worldwide).
I have a Masters degree in Buddhist Studies from Columbia University. I also have a fair amount of acting experience and training supplemented by a year studying clown with Philippe Gaulier in England. I have taught at NYU’S CAP 21 Studio, New York’s Actors Center, and in workshops in Boston, Los Angeles, NYC, and San Francisco, as well as in Barcelona, Bogota, Dublin, Havana, Ljubljana, London, Paris, Santiago, Shanghai, and Vancouver.
In addition to voice and public speaking coaching, I do a wide range of communication-related teaching and consulting: I’ve taught theater games to Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, consulted for the municipal government of Prague in their transition to democracy, done conflict resolution in educational institutions and at a Zen center, and taught creativity workshops in Russia.
I was born in London, England, and lived most of my life in California, Michigan and New York. I spent a year in China (and still speak a little Mandarin) and have travelled all over the world for work and for pleasure.
To offer the best service for certain kinds of projects, I bring together a team of extremely gifted colleagues. I can also offer excellent referrals when I'm not the best coach for the job or I'm not available.
There are many teachers inspired by Fitzmaurice Voicework (which is the basis for the voice work I teach). For more information on certified Fitzmaurice teachers, visit www.fitzmauriceinstitute.org