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.

ACTOR-CENTRIC DESIGN

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.


“There are few vocal coaches I have worked with as skilled and sensitive to the actor as Alison Matthews. I am not alone in feeling absolute confidence in her abilities when I send actors to work with her. It’’s not just that she has the answer to matters like correct pronunciation, or that she understands how to tackle problems with diction and projection, it’s that she does all this with a deep understanding of the content the actor has to deliver and the intentions of the director she’’s working with.”
— Rachel Ditor, Literary Manager, Arts Club Theatre Company

 

Upcoming Engagements

Catch Alison at workshops & PROFESSIONAL events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR 

Past Engagements

Alison’’s passion, attention to detail and depth of knowledge is greatly appreciated. It has been a pleasure working with her.
— Jacklyn Francis, Actor; Participant, Citadel Banff Professional Theatre Program

Alison Matthews is Head of Coaching for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and a voice instructor at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, as well as the Art Institute in Vancouver, Canada. She also leads voice and Shakespeare masterclasses at Capilano University. She has taught public speaking at both Vancouver Island University and Leadership Vancouver Island. For the past fifteen years she has provided individual instruction and group workshops to actors, teachers, and business professionals, and is a regular adjudicator for competitive speech festivals across Western Canada.

By my voice I shall be known”.
— Ovid