Find Your Perfect Expression.
A single voice can carry the whole of human experience, can resonate with the power to change entire worlds. From the highest oratory to the smallest lullaby, from a barnburner to a whisper — every voice is precious, influential and unique. Let yours soar.
Whatever your professional background, whatever your career goals, you deserve an individually tailored training and development plan that perfectly reflects who you are. Whether the focus is on acting for the stage or broadcast media, advancing academic or artistic studies, enhancing individual communication or public speaking skills, it’s your individual personality and objectives that will determine the best coaching program to achieve those desired outcomes.
Alison Matthews is an experienced professional performing artist, as well as a highly regarded voice and speech teacher. With extensive theatre training in all major dramatic forms, including voice work across speech, text analysis and acting disciplines, she is able to leverage recognized processes to promote physical awareness, release tension, enhance effective exploration and free the voice. By applying systems of deep analysis to language structures, she leads actors and speakers to uncover riches of meaning, music and meta-messaging within the text.
A solid grounding in speech anatomy and physiology ensures Alison’s techniques are informed by principles of effective, healthy breathing, production and posture, while respecting individual gender, maturity, special considerations and stylistic demands. Practical knowledge of acoustics ensures coaching is designed for the right performance space or production environment.
Catch Alison at workshops & PROFESSIONAL events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
Work begins on the 2017 season at Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, where Alison is Head of Coaching.
Alison returns to the internationally renowned Banff Centre in Alberta, as Interim Program Director of the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program.
Alison returns to teach voice at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, now in its eighth year.
Alison returns to the internationally renowned centre as a faculty member of the Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program.
Alison returns to the Leadership Vancouver Island program as the facilitator for their training session on public speaking and presentation skills.
Alison is currently at the Stratford Festival of Canada, researching voice and text training programs and development.
Alison leads voice, text and Shakespeare Masterclasses for the talented artists in this youth internship program.
Alison will be adjudicating the 2016 Provincial Speech Arts Competition, held in Edmonton, Alberta.
Alison returns to the Leadership Vancouver Island program to deliver training in public speaking and presentation skills.
Alison joins the faculty of the newly-launched Acting Program to teach Voice & Speech Fundamentals.
Work begins on the 26th season, with Alison overseeing voice & text coaching support.
Alison is text & dialect coach for Citadel Theatre's productions of Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’, in Edmonton.