Communicate with freedom, passion and authenticity.

The best speakers, like the best actors, are excellent storytellers.


We've brought together a team of expert coaches, with a wealth of experience in live performance and whose skills can be utilised by professional speakers in business and education. Using techniques from actor training and from our own rehearsal room, we help you speak with confidence and improve your vocal tone and quality, so you can deliver lectures, speeches and presentations that are engaging and authentic.

Our sessions are tailored to your particular needs. As such, we offer a range of group workshops, as well as individual coaching sessions. Details of our main Communicate programmes are below.

"a real investment in my career"

DR FAITH TAYLOR (Lecturer, University of Portsmouth)




Jeremy Drakes has more than 30 years experience in media, communication and the arts. A former newspaper editor, he now works as a freelance journalist for national newspapers alongside a career as a professional actor, voice artist and corporate role player. He has extensive experience of delivering communication skills training in both the public and private sectors. Organisations he has worked with include the United Nations, the NHS, the London Fire Brigade and BT. Jeremy trained professionally as an actor at Drama Studio London and his credits include West End appearances, national touring and TV and film roles. He also works frequently as a voice over artist. 


In addition to being a trained actress, Helen Percival is an experienced journalist and has worked for companies including The Guardian and Reuters.

She has presented live television news for France 24 in Paris and is no stranger to the nerves that can kick in when speaking in public!

Combining her acting and journalism experience, she coaches business executives to write and deliver engaging messages with passion.

She's also a keen yogi, so often encourages clients to roll on the floor and stretch - you have been warned!


Marcus has over 10 years experience in professional theatre, alongside being a qualified sports coach. 

He combines his knowledge of acting and performance technique with personal and sports coaching methods to improve voice, posture and confidence when speaking in public. 

Marcus has run workshops for groups and individuals at: King's College London, King's Business School, Barbican CentreRoyal Holloway University of London and British Library


Louise Wilcox is a vocal coach and theatre maker. She holds a BA in Linguistics from UCL, with a specialism in phonetics and phonology. This gave her a solid foundation with the IPA and developed her ear for phonetic detail.

Louise went on to graduate from RADA’s MA Theatre Lab programme. There she received vocal training focussed on experimentation, imagination and play. This was supported by a strong foundation in vocal technique for performance. 

As well has having a special interest in women/female identifying/non binary people’s vocal confidence, Louise is particularly practiced in relieving vocal tension and in supporting the creation of a voice/body connection.



Howard Horner is a writer and performer, living and working in London. 

While studying a masters at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, he particularly enjoyed developing his understanding of vocal qualities, especially the intricacies and influence physicality has on the voice. He also enjoys analysing the rhythmical aspects of effective public communication.

Also, from his experience of writing and performing his own work in the industry, he is adept at understanding the importance of script based work where possible, and how a speaker can utilise a text based focus to improve their vocal performances.


Kate Smith is a versatile singer, producer, and workshop leader who has worked in New York, Beijing, and London and is in-demand as a performer of cutting edge opera and music theatre. As an avid improviser, researcher and leader, Kate is the creator of The Embodied Voice, a practice combining voice, movement, mindfulness and improvisation. Kate regularly teaches voice and movement for The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cyphers Theatre Company, and City and Islington Sixth Form College. As a workshop leader, Kate has led and supported projects in a range of contexts including in hospitals, mental health facilities, and primary schools, for employers including Aldeburgh, BBC, South West Music School, and the Barbican.


Introductory Workshop

Find your voice

In our three hour introductory workshop, we give you the essentials to unlocking your voice. Complete with exercises you can take away with you, this workshop will introduce you to the basics of vocal training, helping with breath control, projectiontone and connecting with your audience.

6 Week Programme

Find ease

An actor spends years training their voice and body for performance. Over 6 evening sessions, our specialist coaches will provide you with the essentials of this training, giving you time to really develop and hone your skills to ensure lasting results

Weekend Intensive

Find confidence

Over the course of a weekend, you will receive 4 workshop sessions from our specialist coaches. These sessions will focus on vocal technique, creating physical presence when communicating, establishing a real connection with your audience and developing your confidence speaking in public.

One-to-One Coaching

Find authenticity

As well as group workshops, we provide individual 1 to 1 coaching sessions. Whether you’re preparing for a long term of lecturing, a big pitch, or an all-important interview, we can provide specific, personalised coaching to support your needs.


We've worked with individuals and groups from:

If you have any questions or would like to book a session then do not hesitate to contact us.

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