Meet The Team

Kirstie O’Sullivan

Kirstie O’Sullivan is the Managing Director of The Voice Practice, which specialises in media and communication coaching, voice and speech training and business presentation skills. She is also Head of Voice for The Actors’ Program.

A graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Kirstie has worked as a professional actor, voice over artist, teacher and trainer in film, theatre, television and radio for twenty years.

She has appeared in many local and international dramas and became particularly well known for her long term role as naughty Nurse Robyn Stokes in Shortland St (for which she earned a nomination for Best Actress from the TV Guide’s Best on the Box People’s Choice Awards).

Kirstie was later awarded a Creative New Zealand grant to undertake Post Graduate study in Voice at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia.

Internationally, Kirstie has taught Voice for the Actor at the Theatre Training & Research Programme (Singapore) and Broadcast Voice at Charles Sturt University (NSW, Australia).

Closer to home, Kirstie regularly lectures in voice and communication training at Auckland and Waikato Universities. She is on the advisory panel for Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School and has been on the faculty for the annual New Zealand Law Society Litigation Skills programme since 2010.

Kirstie’s great passion is in assisting her clients to find their own voice and connect with others more effectively.

 

CameronCameron Rhodes: Voice and Communication Coach

With more than 28 years’ experience as a professional actor (including over 85 stage productions as a performer, 20 as a director and 15 feature film roles) Cameron Rhodes knows the business of clear communication, performance development and the effective use of body language and the spoken voice.

Cameron was a Voice and Communication coach for TVNZ from 2005 – 2008. His clients included Senior Account Managers and reporters from Business, One News, One Sport, Good Morning and Fair Go.

His communication skills clients include Senior Partners from Kensington Swan, Hesketh Henry, Sutton and Associates, Reporters from 3 News and Sunrise, and Senior Managers across a range of industries.

Cameron’s goal is for you to realise your potential as a clear, confident communicator. He gives immediate, clear, constructive feedback that is practical and effective. Click here to see how Cameron’s satisfied clients felt after working with him.

 

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Alexandra Whitham: Voice, Accent & Dialect Coach

Alexandra grew up in South Australia, and studied acting for three years at AIT Arts. After completing a BA from Flinders University, Alexandra trained and worked as an actor, theatre director, and voice coach in the United States and UK. She received her Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 2009, and became a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher in 2010.

In the UK, Alexandra taught at a number of drama schools, including East 15, the Oxford School of Drama, the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts.

Alexandra is the Lecturer in Voice in the Performing & Screen Arts Department at Unitec in Auckland. She teaches BA Acting students in Voice, Dialects, Speech, and Text, and leads a module in Australian Dialects for the Actors’ Program.

Alexandra also freelances as a Voice & Dialect Coach for theatre, TV, and film. Her recent credits as an Aussie Dialect Coach include ‘Cloud Street’ directed by John Davies (Unitec Theatre),  ‘Gwen in Purgatory’ directed by Katherine McRae (TAPAC), and ‘April 25’ directed by Leanne Pooley (General Film Corporation).

 

 

Rowena Balos B&WRowena Balos: Guest Voice Trainer

Rowena Balos is a world renowned Master Teacher of Voice and Speech based in Los Angeles. She conducts Voice and Acting workshops around the world and has a studio in LA.

Over the years Rowena has conducted workshops for New York University, UCLA, The Howard Fine Studio Los Angeles, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

In Australasia she has taught for the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and South Australian theatre companies, Bell Shakespeare, NIDA and the Victorian College of the Arts and Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Her former students include Amy Brenneman, Paul Reiser, Peter Coyote, Marishka Hagitay, Judy Davis, Joanne Woodward and Heather Locklear.

The professional acting and broadcasting community in NZ had the opportunity to experience her training in a series of workshops in 2009 & 2010. The Voice Practice is pleased to announce Rowena will be coming back to our fair shores to conduct more workshops soon – watch this space.