As European Director of The Fitzmaurice Voicework Institute, an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London and holding a certificate in Roy Hart Training, I am the Artistic Director and founder of “Helena Walsh Voice Studio” in Temple Bar; An International Voice Studio where teachers and students alike come from all over the world. The Studio acts as a center for cutting edge research for an interdisciplinary approach to educating a truly empowered and embodied actor and individual.
I began my career as an actress and singer, before devoting my life to freeing and empowering others to become more alive on stage and screen and more effective communicators in their life and work. My extensive knowledge of acting and singing for stage are the foundations on which I have built my practice. A unique element to this is my experience teaching and training with international practitioners, which gives me a unique perspective on voice and personal development. I have travelled extensively to France, Italy, Spain, London, Ljubljana and LA to study the most innovative and inspiring approaches to voice work worldwide.
I am currently Co-directing the “The Fifth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference” in London 2018. I also teach Voice at Bow Street Film School and Voice and Dialect at The Irish Film Academy. I am the festival director of an International Festival of Voice & Acting workshops, which run yearly during the summer in Cork & Dublin. I also host a “Free Listening” project, in Dublin City Centre, which runs every Friday throughout the year. This project is connected to Benjamin Mathes “Urban Confessionals” project in LA.
Last year, I directed the “Fourth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework® Conference, “together liberating our voices”, which was held in Dublin from July 14th to 18th, where over 120 participants from 24 countries attended. I have also taught on “The Fitzmaurice Teacher Training Certification” in Barcelona. Over the past twenty years, I have taught extensively at; The Gaiety School of Acting, the National theatre school of Ireland; Trinity College Dublin on the BA in Acting, NYU’s overseas theatre programme for ten years consecutively, Universtiy College Cork on the B.A in Theatre Studies, Eolia Conservatory Of Dramatic Arts, Barcelona, Inchicore V.E.C with the three-year Theatre Studies program, The Accademia Dell’Arte, Tuscany, Italy, The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and T.V. in Ljubljana, Slovenia and UCLA, California.
Finally, as Co-Director of “Articulate Anatomy Theatre Company”, my work focuses on the development of the ensemble and new dynamic approaches to performance with a strong emphasis on physicality/ voice/ imagination and play. In 2015 I co-directed and devised a project with Eolia Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Barcelona, with four Irish and four Catalan actors, called “Ashes to Roses “. This piece was performed at “The Fourth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference” at Smock Alley, July 2016.