Jan trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama (1968/89) and as a voice coach at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (1990/91). During her early career she worked in the majority of London's leading Drama Schools. Jan now works extensively in Film,TV and Theatre.
Her work as a Dialect/Dialogue coach has been seen and heard on Sky, BBC, ITV, HBO and numerous Films; He work has also been showcased at The Almeida, Donmar Warehouse, The Royal Court, The Minerva Chocolate Factory, The Young Vic, Shared Experience, Manchester Royal Exchange, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and The New Wolsey and in numerous west end theatre's including the Wyndhams and The Apollo. She has a long standing relationship with the RSC where she has coached over 20 productions. She was Head of Voice at Shakespeare's Globe (2007/2010) where she coached over 30 productions and prepared the actors for the demands of the Globe Stage and outdoor touring.
Jan works with highly experienced actors wishing to extend their skills; new and inexperienced actors needing to develop their skills; young actors under the age of 16; preparing for castings and meetings for the american pilot season; Dialogue audition preparation; Jan coaches accents and dialects, voice, presentation skills, public speaking and acting/performance technique.
Jan's ground breaking book 'How To Do accents' co-written with Edda Sharpe was first published in 2007 (Oberon Books) and the second edition in 2010.
RSC (Over 15 productions) including, Breakfast with Mugabe
Merry Wives of Windsor
The Crucible Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s Globe- Head of Voice (Over 20 productions) including,
After Edward Henry IV Part 1 & 2 Comedy of Errors Romeo and Juliet Timon of Athens King Lear As You Lie It West End Theatres; An Ideal Husband Les Miserable Matilda Three Days of Rain Almeida; Awake and Sing Mrs Klein Donmar Warehouse Absurdia Betrayal The Royal Court; The Pain and the Itch My Child Over There The Miracle Alaska Along with productions at ; Lyric Hammersmith Soho Theatre Manchester Royal Exchange Birmingham Rep Salisbury Playhouse West Yorkshire Playhouse New Wolsey Unicorn Theatre