Her mission with her work is to empower each actor to discover their unique creative intuition and foster it so they stand out because of their differences. She gives them skills that ensure their resilience and artistry within the industry. She offers them a practice and a process that they can continue to foster their craft through for the years ahead. She has created a truly unique approach to acting from her thirty years of research and practice.
Helena trained and worked as an actress and singer for many years before becoming a voice and acting coach. Over the past twenty five years she has worked as a vocal coach on many professional productions as well as theatre and film training programmes worldwide.Including The Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin on the B.A. in Acting and University College Cork on the B.A in Theatre Studies.
Internationally, Helena has taught at NYU’s overseas theatre programme for ten years consecutively; Eolia Conservatory Of Dramatic Arts, Barcelona; Shanghai Theatre Academy, China; The Accademia Dell’Arte, Tuscany, Italy; The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and T.V. in Ljubljana, Slovenia and UCLA, California and at Crash Acting Studio, L.A.
She is also Director of the Fitzmaurice Voicework Community in Europe, a community of forty-two voice coaches, across 20 countries who are practitioners and artists dedicated to making change initially within themselves and then in others and their communities through targeted instruction and training.
She runs retreats biannually in West Cork, Ireland with Benjamin Mathes, founder of Crash Acting, L.A. She also runs her own advanced training which provides unique insight to a process based creative practice for actors. She feels very strongly about giving back to the community and leads a “ Free Listening,” project which she hosts in Dublin as part of the Urban Confessional Movement worldwide.
She feels very strongly about giving back to the community and initiated a “Well being for Actors” Programme to build a resilient, thriving and nurtured community of artists. By bringing artists together in the everyday, through walks, well being & resiliency workshops, aikido classes, weekly excursions and monthly music sessions. Helena also leads a “ Free Listening,” project which she hosts weekly in Dublin as part of the Urban Confessional Movement worldwide.
“Our task as artists is to tell stories and what better way to nourish those stories then nurturing your own life as it unfolds. Accepting and practicing what it is you need in your life so you can give a deeply creative expression of the human experience to your audience.” ~ Helena Walsh
Director MFA in Physical Theatre 2009-2018
Helena has 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.
She is also an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London and holds a Certificate in Roy Hart Training from the ‘Centre Artistic International, Roy Hart’, France. Helena is a moderator on ‘The End of Trauma’ international online course, which now functions on a worldwide basis.
She is currently training in Organic Intelligence in Switzerland on their Human Empowerment and Resilience Training Programme, which works on PTSD, Anxiety and Stress, offering tools to help actors and students move beyond trauma, integrating it into their lives and using it as a source of creative empowerment. This HEART training is ground breaking in the field of positive psychology, clinical and somatic training and personal development. It uses proven methods drawn from the science of self organization.
“I want artists to have rich, complex human experiences available to them in their lives, as well as their art form, and not just feel that they only come alive when they’re on camera.”
Training and Certifications
European Director Fitzmaurice Institute
Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®
Certificate in Roy Hart Training
Organic Intelligence® HEART Training® Modules 1,2 & 3
Organic Intelligence® HEART Moderator
B. A in English Literature & The Classics, U.C.D. Dublin, Ireland.
Diploma in Acting from the Conservatory of Music & Drama, Dublin, Ireland
Classically trained singer for 7 years at The Conservatory of Music & Drama
Helena not only is an exceptional person, but also an extraordinary teacher. Her love, patience and understanding is second to none. No matter what you're background, be it film or theatre, Helena will always be able to dig deeper with you and enable you to discover so much more about yourself, and your craft.
- Killian Coyle actor & producer
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