ONLINE: Bringing Text to Life with Barbara Houseman

Wednesdays 1.9. - 22.9.2021

Over four interactive sessions Barbara Houseman will be sharing ways to bring text to life, whether for stage or screen. Based on 40 years of experience working with professional actors, Barbara will give you a powerful way of connecting deeply with any text, vocally, physically and emotionally, so it is both authentic and engaging.

Wednesdays 17:00 - 19:00
Finnish Time 

About The Event

This four week long workshop will challenge the actor to take a deep dive into connecting with, and breathing  life into, words on a page. The workshop will be tailored to each participant enabling them to develop the vocal and textual skills they need to deliver an authentic and engaging performance.

Participants are asked to pre-select one or two monologues which challenge them in different ways that will be worked upon throughout the duration of the course. Please note that work on one monologue only is guaranteed within the given time frame.


This workshop is for actors with varied experience or anyone keen to explore their own approach to the craft and their engagement with text. Coaching will be tailored for the participants based upon their experience and needs.


  • Vocal Ease (especially during emotionally charged speeches)

  • Vocal Presence (filling performance spaces of varying size without force or falseness) 

  • Vocal Expression (enabling the ‘music’ of your thoughts and feelings to play through the voice)

  • Vocal Clarity (being understood without sacrificing truth)

  • The understanding of how to make the text your own whilst still honouring it’s style

  • Experiencing how “text is behaviour” - how it’s structures, sounds and language can feed your imagination and transform you into the character 

  • The tools for dealing with self consciousness, self criticism and anxiety.



  • Price: 265€ incl. VAT 24%

  • Workshop will happen online via Zoom

  • Four sessions between: September 1st and September 22nd 

  • Class times: Wednesdays 17:00 - 19:00 Finnish time

  • Place is limited and will be filled on a 'first-come-first-serve' basis.

  • The booking for all events and workshops is binding. You can cancel 30 days prior to the event and receive a 50% return of your payment or you can pass on your spot to another person without an extra fee.

  • Teaching language is English (Please keep in mind that you do not need to have perfect English skills, and you do not need to worry about accent and pronunciation).

  • All rights to changes reserved.

  • You can find the event on Facebook here.


  • A pencil/pen, paper or a notebook, and a willingness to learn.

  • One or two monologues (ideally 1min, no more than 1.5min) that challenge you in different ways. Please note that only one of these monologues may be worked on during the course.


Barbara Houseman has worked in theatre for forty years. After dividing her time between Directing and Voice Work, she spent six years in the world renowned Voice Department at the Royal Shakespeare Company then became Associate Director at the Young Vic. For the last 22 years she has worked freelance as a Voice, Text and Acting coach and Associate Director and Director.  Among other private clients she coaches Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law,  Clive Owen and Jessie Buckley on various projects. In 2009 she joined Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre as Voice and Text Coach and in 2014 became Season Associate Director.  She has worked on numerous shows in the West End including End Game, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Duchess of Malfi, Design for Living & Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and The Ferryman at the Gielgud; Macbeth, Richard iii  and Dr Faustus for the Jamie Lloyd company; the All Female Shakespeare Trilogy, St Joan, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Coriolanus, Trelawny of the Wells at the Donmar. She is the author of Finding Your Voice and Tackling Text [and Subtext] both published by Nick Hern Books and of two digital Masterclasses Developing Your Voice and Bringing the Text to Life. Barbara has also trained as a Healing Shiatsu Practitioner, Master NLP Practitioner, Clean Language & Symbolic Modelling Coach, Calling in the One Coach. These have all influenced her work as has her 33 years practising Mindfulness. She now teaches Mindfulness and Self Compassion alongside her voice, acting and directing work.


"Barbara's work starts with voice, passes through the physical and results in a character. Her teaching helps total performance."
- Jude Law


"Having returned to the stage for the first time in 14 years I recently enlisted the help of Barbara and found her to be hugely helpful , supportive and inspirational .. I rate her as one of the best voice coaches I have come across ..Incisive .. Instinctive ..Specific ..and a great enabler ...I feel very lucky to know her and be able to work with her."
- Clive Owen


"Barbara is a passionate teacher and, as an actor new to the stage, there was no better person to be working with…She is an inspiring teacher, and I left every session stimulated with the new discoveries we had made…I continue to work with her, as I find her a hugely motivating force in my work."
- Daniel Radcliffe


"Barbara was vital to the success of our all-female trilogy at the Donmar. Her unique combination of technical know-how, passion and openness helped each of us with such different experiences, accents and backgrounds to express our own personal connection with Shakespeare’s language while never sacrificing clarity and audibility. The show benefited from the variety of sounds and the actors who had never spoken Shakespeare before could not have had a better start."

- Harriet Walter