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 and Acting Studio” in Temple Bar, Dublin. We are an International Voice and Acting Studio where teachers and students alike come from all over the world. The Studio acts as a centre for cutting edge practice 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 and process. A unique element to this is my experience teaching and training with international practitioners, which gives me a unique perspective on voice, acting and personal development. I have travelled extensively to France, Italy, Spain, London, Ljubljana, Switzerland and LA to study the most innovative and inspiring approaches to voice and acting 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 run retreats biannually with Benjamin Mathes, founder of Crash Acting, L.A in West Cork, where actors from Crash Acting Studios in LA fly to Ireland to work intensively with Irish actors on deepening their practice and process in acting and voice work. I also lead a “ Free Listening “ , project that I host in Dublin and around Ireland as part of the Urban Confessional Movement worldwide.
Over the past twenty years, I have taught extensively at Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting, The Gaiety School of Acting; the National Theatre School of Ireland; Trinity College Dublin on the BA in Acting and University College Cork on the B.A in Theatre Studies. Internationally I have taught at NYU’s overseas theatre programme for ten years consecutively; Eolia Conservatory Of Dramatic Arts, Barcelona; China at Shanghai Theatre Academy; 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 design well being programmes for the corporate world and work with start ups and corporations like Google.
Helena is an incredibly passionate and knowledgeable teacher. Her approach is gentle, inspiring and facilitates deep healing through a combination of techniques which enhances awareness and deepens our sense of self. I’m very grateful to Helena for bringing Fitzmaurice Voicework to Ireland and into my life.
- Karine Daisin
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