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Testimonials

ACTOR TESTIMONIALS FROM THE ACTOR’S PRACTICE WITH HELENA WALSH

 

“The Actor’s Practice is the most nuanced actor training I’ve done. Helena creates an enjoyable and focused environment for the actor to make their own discoveries, both in themselves and through text. I’m still only beginning to see the benefits of the processes we explored in class and it has opened up many possibilities. I’d recommend her courses to anyone who is pursuing authentic expression in their craft. “
~ Michael King, Actor
“The Actor’s Practice has been a real game changer for me. I was an actor, I became an artist. For the first time in my career, I genuinely feel that I have a craft, a practice I can work on every day. It has opened for me a whole new world of continuous and accessible discoveries. This course has given me freedom as a performer and has given me the confidence that I can truthfully and sincerely portray and embody any character that I get cast in, or choose to work on. It has also given tools to manage the demands and stressful situations that come hand in hand with an acting career. I feel confident, stronger, and incredibly excited by the future.”

“Helena is one of the most empowering teachers I’ve ever worked with. She shows artists how to have a life long creative career through practical techniques. Her understanding of actors and their process is astounding. Her knowledge and love of what she teaches is profound. The most striking aspect of Helena’s work is not only her willingness but her eagerness to hear what her students think and explore how they feel. Helena is a listener which is, beyond a doubt, the most valuable quality in a teacher.”

 

For me Helena has been the key to unlocking the inspiration and creativity that existed within, and gave me the confidence to wear my artistic expression with pride. It can be quite easy to fall into the trap as an artist to look for validation from external sources. Helena has thought me that through a daily practice, the attention can remain on the things that are important for continuous creative and artistic expression and with this, the river of inspiration will never run dry.

”  Praise for Helena walsh. This training truly revolutionised my approach towards acting and personal creativity. It helped me truly understand myself and my personal ambitions for the future, and gain the necessary  skills to build a resourceful and sustainable practice and process. “

 

Joe Clinton, Actor

 

“I finished up on Helena Walsh’s Actors Practice in December 2018.  Helena’s work centres around the voice but stretches far beyond that in understanding the potential of that for an actor. The voice being my anchor – I learned how vital it was to really breathe!
I learned a daily practice that I can trust and rely on to anchor me in my character work and every aspect of my acting. I learned how to find a stable confidence in myself, my work, and my voice.   Helena held a space for me to discover, play and process the potential within myself. Her gentle, open approach to her students was a real privilege to witness and experience.
Helena is highly skilled in her work and I trusted her completely to take me through the rigor of the Fitzmaurice Voicework -the creation of this practice really is a testament to Helena’s knowledge and skill, understanding what an actor truly needs.
Her work promotes a new wave of healthy actors who understand the importance of your own wellbeing, and how to maintain that in your daily life, too. The improvement of my stage presence was merely the icing on top of the cake!  You leave her short course with years of a practice to work on, explore and play with. I cannot recommend her studio enough. You really need to experience it to believe it! “
~ Jane Herbert, Actor

 

Working with Helena changed my view of acting and turned it around 360®.  Until joining The Actors Practice, I had been searching for someone to show me how it’s done. But what Helena does, instead of dictating a ‘method’, is to encourage creativity in her actors and empower them to work on their craft and find their own ‘method’ by sharing techniques that open up your voice and your body and align them to the present moment. She completely altered the way I approach my work. The learning from The Actors Practice can’t be summed up in a few short sentences – it has to be experienced. And I guarantee that once you spend some time with Helena, you will realise that acting, and being creative, although it requires time and dedication, is a lot easier than you think!

~ Sarah Griffin, Actor

Helena not only identified and cured a fundamental flaw in my acting technique but she also gave me a whole new toolkit to use in navigating my career as an actor, both on and off screen and stage. She literally opened up whole new channels for me to use in exploring a text and I feel she has added a depth that I simply didn’t have before as a performer. I would highly recommended any actor who feels lost in their careers to study with Helena in the actors practice.

 

~ Conor Duffy, Actor

 

“It’s hard to find words to convey just how unique The Actor’s Practice was. Words that do come to mind are: life-affirming, wonderfully inspiring, challenging and transformative.  Helena guided us expertly, with love and respect, through techniques for stabilising our nervous systems while opening up emotional and physical channels of expression that I have not experienced before. I learned so much about my own identity as an actress, and what my strengths and weaknesses are. Most importantly – I learned tools for building a continuous, personal practice where I can develop my strengths further while dealing constructively with my weaknesses. Finally – what truly made the training stand out was the focus on working towards our goals as actors in ways that are sustainable, healthy and joyful.  It’s so much more than advanced actor training. I’d recommend it to not only actors but anyone who has an interest in experiencing their humanity – and the humanity of others – at a deeper level.

~ Kamila Dydydna, Actor

CORPORATE CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

”  I have been working with Helena now for 2 years and the work we have done has transformed my life.  I am a healthier, more whole, balanced and responsive person in all spheres of my life.

I know I have developed as a business leader in Banking, – some of the benefits include:

  • Being more present with my team and in meetings
  • More connected with myself, and thereby more connected with the people in my team and life
  • Bringing my “whole self” to work – my full human being – so that people can better connect with me
  • Less reactive and responding from a balanced place
  • More aware and conscious of my posture and presence at all times
  • Better at listening
  • More mindful and attentive

I have developed an awareness of the benefits of maintaining a healthy body/mind relationship and to know what is going on in my body and emotions.  

The work has made me more confident and composed in making presentations to large and small groups of people.

I strongly recommend anyone in business working with Helena.”

 

~ Ronan Mc Govern, Head of Strategy, AIB Property and Workplace Transformation

 

”  Working with Helena Walsh has transformed my corporate career. Helena has a very unique way of teaching how to be more human, real and honest in a work environment.  I learnt how to consistently – on a daily basis – bring presence into my role. I developed a sense of clarity of how to make better decisions, how to manage my time effectively and how to have a stronger impact on my goals and people around me.

The workshops taught me to change the way I listen. I improved my communication skills, my ability to create connection and trust, and to build stronger relationships at all levels. Helena also helped me to grow as a leader. I have become way more authentic, resilient and service oriented.

After working with Helena I can create a better team environment tapping into human connection, passion and innovation. I highly recommend Helena’s workshops to other professionals looking to grow their communication, relationships, leadership skills, improving creativity or simply looking to find their own voice in the corporate world ”

 

~  Magdalena Kierdelezicz, H.R. Manager, ebay