Holding an undergraduate Arts degree with majors in English, Behavioural Studies and Theatre, as well as an MA in Voice Studies from the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech in Drama in London, Mark’s passion in voice work stems from having had to overcome several vocal and speech impediments in the past. He has tutored students from NIDA’s one-year part-time acting studio in Melbourne, taught on the ‘Clear Speech and Communication’ course at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne), facilitated Voice and English speaking classes in his hometown and in London as well as teaching a range of private clients in Melbourne and abroad.
As a voice teacher, Mark’s teaching approach is greatly influenced by the works of Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, Barbara Houseman, David Carey, Bill Pepper and Katerina Moraitis, all of whom Mark has had the pleasure of studying with. Mark also incorporates a wide range of skills in his voice sessions such as Tai Chi breathing and movements, principles of the Alexander Technique and lyrical singing which will help actors develop more control, range and flexibility in their vocal expression.
“Feel the Fear… And Do It Anyway” (this is from the title of Susan Jeffers book) – I think this is the one thing everyone experiences, but it is even more so for actors to be able to feel and acknowledge their fears and insecurities but at the same time not let it affect their performance.