Crash Acting & Helena Walsh Voice Studio join forces once again to bring you our 4th Ireland Actor’s Retreat! This unique opportunity joins actors from across the world to grow, breathe, reflect! Set in one of Ireland’s most beautiful coastal towns, the retreat consists of a week of scene study, Voice and Body work, awareness and presence training, and, oh yea, SURFING! It will challenge you artistically, physically, and professionally. Space is VERY limited. DM for more info about applying.
Inspired by Fitzmaurice Voicework, Organic Intelligence, and traditional acting methodologies, the work is a journey into the alignment of the imagination, body, and breath. By exploring the subtle nuances in our rich vulnerability, your characters become more embodied and alive, and you will enjoy the present moment with greater insight and creativity.
“Helena’s rigour, commitment, skill and focus meant that the actors developed rapidly in confidence and expertise. I’ve observed, under her guidance, actors have major revelations, which have fed into their future work being more detailed, centred and authentic. She is a remarkable teacher and it has been my privilege to have worked with her.”
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 Walsh has a unique approach to voice and actor training which is both rigorous and nurturing. She guides actors towards an embodied presence, giving them the tools to find the truth and complexity in the role in front of the camera or on stage. Her studio is a place where actors at every stage of their careers can go to explore and deepen their craft. Her curiosity in the process and the high standards she maintains make her a true master teacher.”
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.
Helena’s work is profound. Her ability to bring actors into a greater sense of their artistry, their potential, and their self is astounding. She has worked with my actors in Los Angeles and made a profound impact on their process by offering transferrable experiences that elevate their awareness and ground their practice in a physical experience of the scene. I have spend over 20 years teaching acting, and I consider her among the best teachers of acting, voice, and body in the world”
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
“Helena is, to my mind, a very rare person and teacher. She combines terrific intuition with a wealth of experience and empirical knowledge. She has a strong vision of where her work is taking her and those she shares it with. She retains a sense of openness and continues to challenge herself as a performer. I cannot therefore but recommend her strongly enough for any future endeavours and collaborations in this field. I believe she will leave her very inimitable mark.”
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.
“Helena Walsh is a beautiful presence in the world of acting training. Her work is a living breathing, evolving process that gives each actor their own practice. She guides her students by teaching them to listen to the creative impulses which arise from them organically and creates the fertile ground for artistic seeds to grow and blossom. This is all done with love, compassion and with a commitment to building resilience and a practice of self-care in the actor. These are essential in any acting training. It’s been a pleasure to witness and experience her as a teacher over the years.”
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