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 centre 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.
As a leader who believes in bringing people from all over the world together and creating a space where they can feel empowered to have their unique voice heard, I have been co director of “The Fourth & Fifth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference” in Dublin, 2016 & London 2018. Teachers and performers came from all disciplines in the art world to liberate their voices and listen beyond the borders of their own experience and history. I feel honoured to hold the role as Director of the Fitzmaurice Voicework Community in Europe, a community of forty-two teachers, across 20 countries who are practitioners and artists dedicated to making change first in ourselves and then from that in others and our communities. I am the festival director of an International Festival of Voice & Acting workshops, as well as retreat workshops which run yearly in Cork & Dublin. As well as leader of a “ Free Listening “ , project that I host in Dublin and around Ireland as part of the Urban Confessional Movement worldwide.
I also teach Voice at Bow Street Film School. 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; University 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.
I am currently training in Organic Intelligence in Switzerland on their Human Empowerment and Resilience Training Programme, which works on PTSD, Anxiety & Stress offering tools to help clients and students move beyond trauma, integrating it into their lives and using it as a source of empowerment.
I am filled with joy knowing that Helena Walsh is teaching Fitzmaurice Voicework in Ireland. She is a soulful teacher who embodies insight and compassion in equal measure.
- Saul Fitzmaurice Kotzubei – Director, The Fitzmaurice Institute
Helena is an incredible teacher and person. Her work inspires her students towards more confident, honest, and grounded communication and performance. Students are safe and supported when they are in her classes. Couldn't recommend her more.
- Aoife Eileen Spillane-Hinks, Director & Acting Teacher