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Testimonials

ACTOR TESTIMONIALS FROM THE ACTOR’S PRACTICE WITH HELENA WALSH

 

“The Actor’s Practice is among the most thorough and enjoyable actor training I’ve done. It gave me an opportunity to reset and check in with my creative spirit, all while advancing my craft. It also provided me with a daily practice to utilize going forward.   The holistic nature of the course makes it feel like a retreat and working holiday at the same time. Highly recommended.”

~ Sam McGovern, Actor

“I can’t recommend more the The Actors Practice Workshop with Helena Walsh. Spending 8 weeks part time with two full weeks in Dublin was a quite a commitment but one I am really very happy I made.  As well as a huge bag full of acting tools from three brilliant teachers, I consider myself very lucky to have shared the experience with some brilliant actors and people. For myself I have grown both as a person and an actor over the workshop. The gentle approach helped me build my confidence and develop a more authentic self in my performance.  I have always been overwhelmed by “learning the lines” to the detriment of my performance and enjoyment of the process. At the beginning of the course I fumbled over a minute of dialogue, at the end of the10 weeks I completed a 20 minute scene that I am very proud of. (A special nod to my scene partner Cian) The Workshop is not like anything you’ll have done before.   And Helena is a one off. “

Daniel Fitzgibbon, Actor & Producer  

“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

 

ACTOR TESTIMONIALS FROM THE ACTING & SURFING RETREAT

 “I have just completed the Surfing and acting retreat with Helena walsh & Benjamin Mathes. Wow what a life Changing experience! This retreat takes you out of the usual day to day nonsense and takes you back into how it truly is to feel and dream like a human.  I myself felt like there was some kind of block locking me in, within my performance. Helena and Benjamin have taught me how to use my own keys to unlock it.

Ireland itself is such a beautiful place and to be able Surf in it’s waters was awesome! We had instructors with us all the time who loved to get involved and tweak your technique here and there to give you a great surf.

The night Kayaking trip we did is one of those experiences which is hard to quantify in words it was almost like we were in space and nothing else in the world really mattered.  Overall, with Helena and Benjamin’s teaching combined with the excursions, they aim and succeed in taking you to a place of ultimate freedom and expression within your art.

I would 100% recommend this to any actor at any level and I hope to revisit the retreat as soon as I can. “

~ Nathan Haymer Bates, Actor

 

“The Ireland retreat was much more than I could have even anticipated. Coming together with the Irish actors was an unbelievable experience, then being able to work with Helena side by side is something my breath, body and voice are thanking me for. She not only gets you more into your body, but connected to it in a nurturing experience. The work is fast and intense yet slowed down because of how present you become. It’s an opportunity to show up and be open and let yourself be completely in the moment. Watching everyone was an experience all on its own as well. Sharing your dreams, speaking aloud your determinations in a group like this is powerful. I’m coming back to LA a different actor, refreshed and excited!  It was truly life changing”

 

~ Brittany Lauren Brown, Actor & Model

 

“There is nothing more beneficial than taking an actor out of their comfort zone in every way imaginably possible. That is what Helena and Ben did for me. They created a space and permission to just be a vessel, and dive in deep. I was challenged mentally, physically and spiritually; and to be in A small little Irish beach town while doing this was just wonderful. Throughout the retreat i found pieces of myself i thought where missing. I also found a whole new community of loving supporting amazing people. The retreat has changed me in so many ways through breath work to thinking about the industry and acting in a whole new way. learning to surf in freezing cold water to self exploring conversations, and scene work i found my love for being an artist again. I guess i just had to go all the way to Ireland to find it. So grateful for the retreat and my new Irish/la family. If your feeling like i was feeling go! You will be forever changed!”

 

~ Julia Faye Fisher, Actor

 

“For me the acting retreat was transformative, truly something I will cherish for the rest of my life. A journey that reawakens/awakens things within you. Beautiful, transformative, effective and powerful! Will stay in the depths of my heart forever…. I can go on and on. Hard to find the right verbiage for the experience. It was damn magical!” 

 

~ Karina Gardea, Actor

 

“The Surfing and Acting retreat was a delightful and empowering experience. Two master teachers, an idyllic location, your own power being uncovered piece by piece in order to allow you to be safely and fully available in the work – what’s not to love? Forever grateful.”

 

~ Eamonn McNicholas, Actor

 
“Learning from Helena Walsh and Benjamin Mathes at the Surfing and Acting Retreat has been so impactful! They have a way of creating such a positive and safe atmosphere, which has allowed me to dive deeper into my work. They both have such great insight and can see right to the root of things, which sets a foundation for true and lasting growth.
 
Surfing in the mornings was the best way to start each day and it was so cool to see how it would connect and serve as a metaphor for the things we would talk about later in the day! And Ireland is so incredibly beautiful, I didn’t want to leave!
 
After this retreat, I feel more connected to myself and what I hope to accomplish as an artist and as a human.
 
To anyone considering this retreat, do it! I would 100% recommend it and would do it again in a heartbeat!”
 
~ Kiri Allen, Actor
 
 
“The Acting and Surfing Retreat with Helena Walsh is a lifechanging week of surfing, acting, EATING, and feeling like you are breathing for the first time. Maybe the greatest lesson I received was finding beauty in my everyday life even after leaving the idyllic town of Clonakilty. The experience is unparalleled.”
 
 

  “The acting and surfing retreat was not only a week-long masterclass in acting but also an invigorating experience for the mind, body and soul with a group of beautiful people against the backdrop of a most charming town. What more could you ask for?”  

~ Conor O Dwyer, Actor

  “The acting and surfing workshop was a truly transformational experience. The environment was safe enough to allow me to feel vulnerable and challenged me to keep pushing through. It allowed me to fully experience the power of my body and connect to myself. I was able find a new breath in my body, my life, and in my work. I gained a new perspective of seeing beauty through the chaos feel more receptive to all that’s around. I would encourage anyone seeking artistic growth and connection to join this workshop. It’s a once and a lifetime opportunity.”

~ Diedra Hart, Actor  

“Oh my goodness! The surfing and acting workshop in Clonakilty is truly transformational. Helena and Ben are an incredible team and they guided us to a deeper understanding of ourselves both in our work, and in the world. I was so inspired by the workshop and have continued to process everything we worked on as I pursue my acting career in LA. I feel a stronger connection to the world around me and I am grounded in the unshakable idea that I am enough. I’m so grateful for this workshop, the community we created and a beautiful experience I will remember forever.”

~ Emilia Ray, 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