She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, holds a certificate in Roy Hart Training and was mentored in voice by Andrea Ainsworth, Vocal Director at the Abbey Theatre and Kevin Crawford, Founder member of The Roy Hart International Voice Centre in France. She began her career as an actress and singer, before devoting her life to freeing and empowering others to become more alive on stage and screen and more effective communicators in their life and work. Her extensive knowledge of acting and singing for stage are the foundations on which she has built her practise. A unique element to this, is her experience teaching and training with international practitioners, which gives her a unique perspective on voice and personal development. Always rigorous and curious, she has travelled to France, Italy, Spain,London, Ljubljana and LA to study the most innovative and cutting edge approaches to voice work worldwide. Most recently she has added Somatic Experiencing into her work.
Director and founder of her own Voice Studio, in Temple Bar, Dublin, she is also co-director of “Articulate Anatomy Theatre Company”, which recently performed an adaption of Donal Ryan’s "The Spinning Heart" at Smock Alley in July 2016 and in early 2017. She is co-director of "The Fifth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference in London 2018. She teaches Voice at Bow Street, film school and Voice and Dialect at The Irish Film Academy. She is festival director of an International Festival of Voice & Acting workshops, running in the summer of 2017 in Dublin & Cork. Helena also hosts a "Free Listening" project, in Dublin City Centre, which will run on Friday’s throughout the year, which is connected to Benjamin Mathes "Urban Confessionals" project in LA.
Helena was Director of the "Fourth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework® Conference," - together liberating our voices " which was held in Dublin from July 14th to 18th, 2016. Over one hundred and twenty participants from twenty four countries attended. She has also taught on "The Fitzmaurice Teacher Training Certification" in Barcelona. Over the past twenty years Helena has taught at The Gaiety School of Acting, the National theatre school of Ireland; on the BA in Acting at Trinity College, N.Y.U's overseas theatre programme for ten years , at U.C.C. on the B.A in Theatre Studies, at Eolia Conservatory Of Dramatic Arts, Barcelona, the three-year Theatre Studies program at Inchicore V.E.C., The Accademia Dell’Arte,Tuscany, Italy, at The Academy of Theatre , Radio, Film and T.V. in Ljubljana, Slovenia and finally at UCLA, California.
As Co-Director of “Articulate Anatomy Theatre Company”, Helena's 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 Helena 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 .
She also teaches Fitzmaurice Voicework on the Postgraduate Yoga Teacher Training run by Lisa Peterson at Living Yoga. She has a BA Honors in English Literature and the Classics from University College Dublin.