Alison Matthews

Alison Matthews is the Head of Coaching for the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, and an instructor at the Arts Club Actor’s Intensive and the Citadel Banff Professional Program. 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.

With over two decades of wide-ranging professional acting experienceAlison has numerous film and television credits, including recurring roles on such acclaimed series as Gracepoint, Beggars & Choosers and Battlestar Galactica, as well as featured roles in films such as Disney's Snowdogs, Final Destination 2, and more. She also has stage credits with major Canadian theatre companies — the Vancouver Playhouse, Victoria’s Belfry Theatre, among others — and has worked as a professional voiceover artist for twenty years.


Education

  • Master of Fine Arts degree, Theatre (Voice Specialization), University of British Columbia (2010)
  • Associate Diploma, Drama & Speech, Trinity College London (2006)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Theatre, University of Victoria (1991)

Related Training

  • Breathing, Support & Estill Model with Anne-Marie Speed (2017)
  • Stratford Festival Intensive with Christina Shewell: “Art & Science in Changing Voices” (2013)
  • Vibrant Voice Technique Workshop with David Ley (2013)
  • Stratford Festival Intensive with Patsy Rodenburg (2012)
  • Canada’s National Voice Intensive (2008)
  • Shakespeare Text Study with Neil Freeman (2007–2008)
  • Banff Centre International Voice Workshop with Richard Armstrong (2007)

Teaching & Coaching

  • Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, Interim Program Director (2018)
  • Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, Voice & Text Instructor (2015 – present)
  • Art Institute of Vancouver, Voice Instructor (2014 – 2016)
  • Leadership Vancouver Island, Facilitator, Public Speaking (2013 – 2015)
  • Arts Club Actor’s Intensive, Faculty member (2010 – present)
  • Capilano University, Private Theatre Instructor & Master Class Instructor (2009 – present)
  • Canada’s National Voice Intensive, Associate Faculty Member (2009)
  • Pacific Northwest Music Festival Speech Arts Workshops, Guest Instructor (2009)
  • Bard on the Beach Festival, Voice & Text Coach (2007 – present)
  • Vancouver Island University, Sessional Instructor – Public Speaking (2006, 2007)
  • Hollyhock Leadership Institute, Co-facilitator – Advocacy, Voice & Vocation (2005)
  • Bolton Academy of Spoken Arts, Instructor – Speech Arts (2003–2006)
  • Susan Simosko & Associates, Teaching Assistant – Presentation Skills for Group Facilitators (1997–1998)
  • Vancouver Island University, Community Education Instructor – Speak Easy, Intro to Commercial Voiceover (1996–1999)

Adjudication

  • Alberta Provincial Music Festival, Edmonton, Alberta (2012, 2016)
  • Kiwanis Fraser Valley Festival, White Rock, B.C. (2013)
  • Upper Island Music Festival, Nanaimo, B.C. (2004, 2006, 2010, 2013)
  • Pacific Northwest Music Festival, Terrace, B.C. (2006)
  • West Coast Speech & Drama Festival, Vancouver, B.C. (2005)
  • Grande Prairie Speech Arts & Drama Festival, Grande Prairie, Alberta (2004)
  • Knights of Columbus Speech Arts Festival, Coquitlam, B.C. (2003, 2004)
  • Kootenay Music Festival, Trail, B.C. (2003)
  • Vancouver Professional Music Teachers' Association Speech & Drama Festival (2002)
  • Coquitlam District Music Festival, Port Coquitlam, B.C. (2000, 2012)

Grants & Awards

  • B.C. Arts Council Professional Development Award (2016)
  • Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development Grant (2013)
  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2008)
  • B.C. Arts Council Senior Scholarship Award (2007, 2008)

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers’ Association)                              
  • Canadian Actors Equity Association
  • ACTRA
  • Women in Film and Video Vancouver
  • Theatre British Columbia