DEE FORREST

Voice & Accent Coach

PGVS / PGVOS

07957 211 065    deeforrest20@gmail.com    Brighton & Hove (Commutable to London & South East)

www.yourvoicecoach.co.uk    linkedin.com/in/dee-forrest-pgvs-pgdo-67051260

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Versatile and experienced voice and accent coach who has worked across a wide range of film, television and theatre productions, training hundreds of well-known, highly-respected actors, as well as new, young performers. Confident working with both individuals and groups, covering dialects, phonetics, vocal extremes, intonation, diction, elocution, delivery, posture and physicality. Also skilled providing voice coaching in the corporate space, and have held senior-level teaching roles at many of the UK’s leading drama schools.

CAREER HISTORY

Voice & Accent Coach – Freelance – 2000-Present

Hired on a freelance basis to support across film, television and theatre productions, working closely and collaboratively with directors including Ciaran Donnelley, Tony Mitchell, Justine Audibert, Katarzyna Deszcz and Xavier Guignard.  Have worked with both new actors and high-profile names, including Stockard Channing, Matthew Goode, Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, Azure Skye, Babou Ceesay, Richard Coyle, Anne Ribiere, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Chipo Chung, Adam Levy, Jodi May, Greta Scacchi, Trudy Styler, George Georgiou and Angela Bruce. Trained actors for accents including Standard RP, Essex, Estuary, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Yorkshire, Scottish Highlands/Lowlands, French, General American, New York, US Southern States, US Mid-West and Caribbean, as well as a fictional African accent.

Productions (Film & Television)

Hersheys (Commercial ), -Smith & Jones— 2019

Bud Light (Commercial ) – Smith & Jones— 2019

Doom – Universal 1440 Entertainment – 2018

Title TBC (Television Police Series) – BBC – 2018

Death in Paradise – Red Planet Pictures for BBC One – 2017

Little Thief (*Canadian Diversity Film Festival Winner/Independents Film Festival Nominee*) – Essay Pictures – 2017

A.D. The Bible Continues – NBC Universal / Lightworkers Films – 2015

Kerry (Pilot) – NBC Universal – 2014

The Bible – Lightworkers Films for History Channel – 2013

Love Equals War – DeCantillon Films – 2011

QVC UK – 2004-2006

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister – Alliance Atlantis Films – 2002

Productions (Theatre)

Table – Guildford School of Acting  — 2019

Boudica – Guildford School of Acting  — 2019

Feed The Beast – Guildford School of Acting – 2017

Spring Awakening – Guildford School of Acting – 2017

Mill on the Floss – Guildford School of Acting – 2017

The Same Deep Water – Guildford School of Acting – 2017

As You Like It – Guildford School of Acting – 2017

Julius Caesar – Guildford School of Acting – 2017

The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning – Guildford School of Acting – 2014

Kimalia – Bernie Grant Centre – 2013

Grey Gardens – Puppet/Marionette Theatre – 2012

Shadow of a Gunman – Finborough Theatre – 2000

Psycho Killer – Lewisham Theatre Company – 2000

Founder & Voice Coach – Your Voice Coach – 2008-Present

Run a voice coaching company, working with individuals from both performance and corporate backgrounds.  Predominantly focus on dialects, phonetics, vocal extremes, intonation, diction, elocution and delivery, as well covering posture and physicality. Has included supporting actors with audition preparation, working with groups of actors during the production stage and dealing with senior professionals, including CEOs, who are preparing for public speaking or looking to gain general voice training.

Voice & Accent Associate Tutor – Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey – Sep 2013-Present

Tutor across the school’s MA and BA acting and musical theatre courses, preparing, delivering and assessing student for all speech and accent modules. Also provide one-to-one voice and dialect coaching for productions, including final year graduation shows.

Associate Voice & Accent Tutor – University of Chichester – Sept 2013-Present

Provide voice training to students across all of the university’s acting and performance courses, focusing on dialects, vocal extremes and delivery. Includes working across a wide range of productions, coaching whole groups of students and supporting the assessment of their performances.

Deputy Head of Voice – Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 2006-2012

Senior Voice Tutor – Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 2004-2006

Accent & Voice Tutor – Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 1999-2004

Spent 14 years at this leading London-based theatre school, initially as an Accent and Voice tutor and later becoming Deputy Head of Voice and Senior Voice Lecturer. Helped lead several programmes and developed and assessed modules, delivering voice, speech and dialect training to hundreds of students.

Voice & Accent Tutor – Associated Studios – 2013-2015

External Examiner – Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey – 2009-2013

Voice & Accent Tutor– Drama Studio London – 2010-2012

Voice Tutor, Summer School – Marymount College – 2004-2005

Voice & Phonetics Tutor – Drama Studio London – 2002-2004

Accent Tutor & Graduation Coach – East 15 Acting School – 2002-2004

Voice Tutor – The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – 2002-2004

Voice Tutor – Winchester College – 2003

Voice Tutor – Birmingham School of Speech and Drama – 1999-2001

Voice Tutor – School of the Science of Acting – 1998-2001

Actress & Singer – Freelance – 1978-Present

Founder, The Kit Kat Kabaret Klub – Southwark Playhouse – 1995-1997

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS

PG/MA Vocal Studies (PGVS Accredited) – The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama – 1997-1998

PGVO Drama and Voice Skills – Middlesex University – 1977-1978

Additional Courses

Drama Educator Workshop – The American Academy – 2018

Alba Emoting/Alba Method & Emotional Body – Rose Bruford College – 2018

Workshop – Fitzmaurice Voice – 2011

Alba Emoting Workshop – The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – 2010

Acting for Camera – The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – 2010

Voice Workshop – The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art – 2010

Estille Level 1&2 – Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts – 2007

Giving Voice – Aberystwyth University – 2005

Heightened Voice Use (Alba Emoting) – The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama – 2004

Cicely Berry: Shakespeare’s Language / Voice & Breathing – The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama – 2010

Membership

Equity

British Voice Association

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