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Barbara Houseman

Areas of Expertise: Voice, Classical Text, Acting

Barbara Houseman has worked with actors as a voice and acting coach for the last thirty five years. She has worked on many West End shows and is particular sought out for her work on Shakespeare and other classical text. She also helps clients prepare for for film and television roles. Individual clients include: Louise Rednapp, James Purfoy, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Jessie Buckley, Jude Law and Lenny Henry.She spent six years in the world renowned voice department at the RSC, working with top actors and directors. She is the author of two highly sucessful books FINDING YOUR VOICE [Foreward by Kenneth Branagh] and TACKLING TEXT [Foreward by Daniel Radcliffe].

Barbara has many areas of speciality: working with experienced actors who wish to extend their already well developed skills; preparing film actors to work on stage and stage actors to work on film; helping young actors with stage and screen roles; supporting singers and dancers who wish to develop their acting skills; dealing with issues of confidence and tension or nerves.

She also works with people from all walks of life – business people, teachers, doctors, young people etc – who wish to improve their confidence, communication, presentation or interview skills. She regularly helps journalists prepare to do voice-overs for their own documentaries and also works as a voice-over artist.

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  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • Whistleblower
  • The Con Man

  • Henry V  – Donmar (’22)Life of Pi – Wyndhams (’22)Hamlet – Young Vic (’22)

    Endgame – Old Vic (’20)

    Jesus Christ Superstar – Barbican (’19)

    Jekyll & Hyde – Birmingham Rep (’19)

    The Ferryman – Royal Court/Gielgud (’17-’18)

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Picadilly (’18)

    101 Dalmatians – Birmingham Rep (’17)

    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead – Old Vic (’17)

    Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Gielgud and Tour (’14-’17)

    Running Wild – Tour (’17)

    St Joan – Donmar (’16)

    Donmar Trilogy – Theatre at King’s Cross (’17)

    Dr Faustus – Duke of York’s (’16)

    Kenneth Branagh Company Season – Garrick (’15-’16)                                                                                                                                        

    Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Donmar (’15)

    Henry IV – Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn (’14-’15)

    To Kill A Mocking Bird – Regent’s Park/ Tour/ Barbican (’14-’15)

    Richard III – Trafalgar Studios (’14)

    Coriolanus – Donmar (’13)

    To Kill A Mocking Bird, Pride and Prejudice, Winter’s Tale, Sound of Music – Regent’s Park (’13)

    The Machine – Manchester International Festival (’13)

    Sweet Bird of Youth – Old Vic (’13)

    Trelawny of The Wells – Donmar (’13)

    Macbeth – Trafalgar Studios (’13)

    Julius Caesar – Donmar/St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn (’12-’13)

    Macbeth – Sheffield (’12)

    Duchess of Malfi – Old Vic (’12

    Playboy of the Western World – Old Vic (’11)

    Lord of the Flies, Beggar’s Opera, Pericles – Regent’s Park Theatre (’11)

    Government Inspector – Young Vic (’11)

    Britannicus – Wilton’s Music Hall (’11)

    All’s Well That’s Ends Well – Globe (’11)

    Crucible, Macbeth, Comedy of Errors – Regent’s Park (’10)

    Much Ado About Nothing, Tempest, Importance of Being Ernest  – Regent’ Park (’09)

    Misanthrope – Comedy (’09)

    Play What I Wrote – Wyndhams (’02)

    Further than the Furthest Thing Tricycle (’01)

    Dr Doolittle – Hammersmith Apollo (’99)Cleansed – Royal Court (’98)

    Mnemonic –  Complicite – Oxford Playhouse (’94)

Season Associate Director – Voice & Text

Open Air Theatre – Regent’s Park (’12, ’14-ongoing)

Shows include Antigone, Romeo & Juliet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V, Our Town, Peter Pan, Tale of Two Cities, Hansel & Gretel (Opera), Turn of the Screw (Opera), Peter Pan, Legally Blonde, Carousel, 101 Dalmations (new musiclal), Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, On the Town, Porgy and Bess, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Ragtime,


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