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, China 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 and Dialect at Bow Street Film School. I am the festival director of an International Festival of Voice & Acting workshops, which run yearly during the summer at the Studio in 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. His studio, “Crash Acting” in LA and my studio in Dublin regularly co host retreats in West Cork in acting and surfing. I am currently training in organic intelligence in Switzerland deepening my understanding of how to work with the fight / flight / freeze response and alleviate anxiety, stress and PTSD in my clients and students.
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 and regularly fly to LA and New York to gather with a host of teachers from around the world to discuss and deepen our understanding of our pedagolgical approach to our voice work. 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, The Shanghai Theatre Academy, China and UCLA, California. 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.
Helena Walsh is an exceptional and inspirational voice and body coach. If intense dedicated training is what you are after, that gets incredible, sustainable results, then Helena is who you want.
- WESLEY O’DUINN
Helena is an incredibly passionate and knowledgeable teacher. Her approach is gentle, inspiring and facilitates deep healing through a combination of techniques which enhances awareness and deepens our sense of self. I’m very grateful to Helena for bringing Fitzmaurice Voicework to Ireland and into my life.
- Karine Daisin