Entertainment Industry Professionals
Coaching with media and entertainment professionals can be 1-to-1, or as part of a group.
I cover the following areas:
- Speech voice training: warm-ups and work-outs for actors
- Coaching for Radio and TV Presenters
- Acting training and audition coaching
- Standard British English pronunciation
- Singing technique
Over the last 30 years I have worked as a singer and actor: I’ve taught actors to speak, sing and act: I’ve taught singers to speak and to act.
WORK as English Language coach and dialogue coach IN OPERA AND CONCERT
This work has taken me to Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, Paris Opera, Opera Comique, Vienna Festwochen, and the Aix en Provence festival.
Though they possess solid singing technique many singers need help when they have to speak on stage or in concert. And the need to create a credible character is a major demand for opera singers.
Singers are expected to be excellent linguists and I have worked as English Language coach on music ranging from the baroque to twenty-first century.
William Christie of Les Arts Florissant was kind enough to email these comments on my work:
our musical repertory sung in English has benefited immensely from Alan Woodhouse’s excellent intervention as language coach. It is one thing to be able to speak elegantly. To be able to communicate this to foreign singers is altogether something else and Alan Woodhouse is the best communicator I have ever encountered.
Counter-tenor Xavier Sabata made these comments:
Alan’s approach to language: it’s sensitive, delicate, alive, smart, emotionally involved, and musical. But the great thing is, he knows the secret art. How to make you feel it, and do it, very easily.
WORK AS SPEECH-VOICE COACH IN THEATRE
Auditions are needed for most drama-schools, and speeches need to be prepared. My drama school work as voice coach and director includes Guildhall, Royal Central, LAMDA, Rose Bruford and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Many actors enter the profession without having experienced a sound voice training. My theatre voice-coaching credits include Royal Court, Young Vic, London West End, Sheffield Crucible, and exciting visits to Italy, Germany, Denmark, and Hungary.
Jeannette Nelson, Head of Voice at the National Theatre, and I are colleagues from the Guildhall School and we worked together at Shakespeare’s Globe:
Alan’s work is in the top rank. He is a perceptive and highly skilled voice teacher.
WORK IN TV
Ongoing: voice coaching for Sky Sports presenters
2015: Verve Productions for Channel 5: work with voiceover artist:
FILMING MY FATHER: IN LIFE AND DEATH
2015: KEO films for Channel 4: work with voiceover artist:
THE ROMANIANS ARE COMING
Introducing Confident Speaking: A Practical Guide [Paperback/ Ebook] published by Icon Books
Introducing Confident Speaking, by voice, acting, communication and public speaking coach Alan Woodhouse, teaches you to express yourself more clearly, persuasively and confidently. Alan offers advice on everything from business presentations to wedding speeches and preparing for job interviews. Available online from Amazon and Waterstones.