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.”
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.
“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.”
” 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
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!
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
” 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:
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