The Actor's Practice

Intensive Actor Training

Creating the Integrated Actor

“Practicing your process will give you stability, because you need to have the vulnerability available in your art form”

– Helena Walsh on Voice and Acting


The 11 week #ActorTrainingPractice with Helena Walsh Voice & Acting Studio will be from April 1st to June 14 Th 2019.  Our Last one SOLD OUT!!

This is an intensive training course which uses cutting edge Acting, Voice and Body Techniques to help actors to set their imaginations free and create more energised and vibrant senses of self, character and story telling.
Guest International Acting Coaches
Co- teaching with Chris Edmund ; 1st to 12 th April
Co teaching with Benjamin Mathes ; 24th to 26 Th April !

To Apply: EMAIL [email protected]
Spaces will be limited to 12 so apply early to avoid disappointment!

– Fight / Flight / Freeze response / Personal & Performance Anxiety.
– Self Empowerment & Mental Well Being.
– How to be a healthy actor in mind & Body
– Increased Creativity through working with flow & energy in the body and connecting that to monologue and scene work.
– Having a Practice and a Process you can apply to your life and your art.
– How to build a character in your own subtle and unique way
– Learning to embrace failure as a moment for potential and growth.
– Learning to trust your own creative impulses so that you can feel more comfortable in the unknown and therefore offer a director your own unique interpretation of any given moment.
– There is no communication apart from listening. Listening is the foundation on which all communication of self and story is built and you will learn skills to become more aware of the power of your own listening to yourself , your characters, scene partners and others.

We will use these techniques to build resilience in the mind & body so that the imagination can be free to create a more energised and vibrant sense of self, character and story telling. This resilience will make it easier to risk in life, in an audition, in the rehearsal room, on set and on stage.

These 11 weeks will explore your communication and connection with yourself, your character and your scene partner. The work on self will be the anchor, the inspiration from which character will emerge and communication with the other will be enlivened. The work will begin a dialogue between you, your creative process and your relationship with society as a whole.

The relationship with Community we will practice through Free Listening and performing in front of family and friends.

“Nothing will work unless you do”
~ Maya Angelou



Hugh Jackman. Frances O’Connor. Jai Courtney.  All of these extraordinary actors share one thing in common – they learned their craft under Chris Edmund.

“There is not one job that I do when I’m not using one of the pearls of wisdom that Chris gave us. He was a very influential director, teacher and writer”- Hugh Jackman

Chris Edmund is a Director, Teacher, Writer and Painter based in Australia.   He was Head of the Acting Department at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he had a major role in developing the world renowned acting and directing training for over 25 years.

Over the period Chris spent at the Academy he directed over 100 productions of a range of classical, contemporary and new plays.  Chris championed new writing, commissioned works from leading writers and brought in directors of national and international standing.  He was active in positioning his course internationally and visited Hong Kong, Dublin, Paris, London, Havana, St Petersburg and Moscow to set up exchanges between other Theatre schools and Theatre companies. He wrote and devised a series of major plays which were superbly reviewed and have been published.  ‘Society needs work such as Edmund’s, theatre that compels us to question what those in power are doing in our names’ Neville Cohn reviewing ‘The Butcher’s Dance.’

Chris Edmund is a published playwright with his work receiving high critical acclaim and as a painter he has had several exhibitions.  He has directed over 150 productions worldwide including works in London (Gate Theatre (Comic Pictures, Loonies), Riverside Studios (The Sea), Hong Kong (APA The Cherry Orchard, The Caucasian Chalk Circle), Dublin (Dirty Laundry) Sao Paulo, Brazil, ( Redemption) and Singapore. (History of the Jade Chopsticks)

His work ‘Dirty Laundry’ which he wrote and directed from a commission by the National Theatre School of Ireland, was performed at the Smock Alley Theatre Dublin in July 2014.  Click here to watch.

In 2015, Hugh Jackman, in New York, honoured Chris Edmund with a scholarship in his name, The Chris Edmund Performing Arts Scholarship. Click here to view the event.   Chris presented the scholarship at a WAAPA ceremony in October 2015.

In 2015, Chris visited Mumbai to teach a series of workshops for leading Indian actors and was The Pronouncer on the highly successful Channel Ten reality show The Great Australian Spelling Bee, for which I was a Logie nominee.

Click here to listen to The Coming Up Next Podcast with Allistair Marks interviews Chris about his extraordinary career.

His most recent work ‘Bacon and Eggs’ was performed at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney receiving superb reviews. The Sydney Arts Guide commented: “I see up to six shows a week and while it’s rare to find a dud on the Sydney theatre scene, it’s just as rare to have an experience that is so odd and wonderful that I almost don’t want to share. Bacon and Eggs, at the Old Fitz Theatre, is this moment for me.”

Bacon and Eggs available for performance Click here as are his plays ‘The Butcher’s Dance’, ‘Before I Get Old’ and ‘The Devil’s Tunic’. My play ‘Paradise” is published in NYC by Playscripts, Inc.

“Taut, witty, intelligent, and emotionally compelling with complex and fascinating characters” Hugh Jackman commenting on Paradise

In 2016 and 2017 Chris recorded a new series of The Great Australian Spelling Bee and worked at the V.C.A and 16th Street in Melbourne and the ATYP in Sydney.

In 2018 Chris was commissioned to write and direct a new theatre work for the City of Geraldton in Western Australia to be premiered in June 2019.

Also in 2018 he worked in Vancouver as Voice Director on seasons two and three of Netflix Emmy Award winning show ‘Beat Bugs’ and also in Los Angeles on ‘Motown Magic’ I worked as Voice Director on both shows in Sydney, for their release on Channel 7, Australia.




Benjamin has been an actor for over 20 years.  On film, television, and stage he has worked with artists such as Academy Award winning director Clint Eastwood, Academy Award winning actor Alan Arkin, Sam Raimi, Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Chris Rock, and Academy Award winning producer Brian Grazer. He received his MFA in Acting from the University of California-Irvine.

He serves as Head of Production for Seine Pictures, a film finance and production company in Hollywood, overseeing the creative development and production of each film. Recently, he Executive Produced the dark comedy, MURDER OF A CAT (starring Greg Kinnear, JK Simmons, and Nikki Reed), and the biopic, PELE (in partnership with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment).

As a teacher, he has been on faculty or taught workshops at Auburn University, Cal State Northridge, University of San Diego, University of Lima, Peru, Catholic University of Lima, Theatre of Arts in Hollywood, UC-Irvine, and the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. He is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and has served as vocal and dialect coach for major motion pictures, network television, and theatres around the country.

His acting studio, CRASH, inspires a guerrilla approach to acting driven by the idea that service is the context for artistic greatness. His students have been nominated or awarded Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Ovation Awards, and have appeared on Broadway, as guest stars and series regulars on television, and in major motion pictures. Further, his studio has helped raised thousands of dollars for charities worldwide.

To find out more about Benjamin Mathes and his inspiring teaching and approach to life in general take a look at his website.

Benjamin also is founder and director of urban confessional _- A Free Listening Movement . www.urbanconfessional.org.