Business Excellence Skillnet

Date: May 12th

Time: 9am – 4pm

Location: Abbey Theatre, Dublin

Cost: €250 Member; €300 Non Member per person


Programme Overview

This workshop at the Abbey Theatre will be led by Andrea Ainsworth and broken down into three parts. The morning will consist of 2 sessions of 90 minutes and after lunch a longer 3 hour session will be held on the Abbey stage.

Each participant will be asked to bring a short presentation between 5-10 minutes in length to work on during the day.


Programme Objectives

Session 1: Introduction to Voice Skills

-        Physical and vocal presence

-        The importance of the breath in combating nerves

-        How your posture can affect the voice

-        Holding patterns in the body

-        Using more vocal colour and variety

-        Improving the clarity of the voice

-        Adjusting and balancing volume


Session 2: Scoring a Speech

-        How to shape and score a speech or presentation

-        Introducing variety of tone and rhythm

-        Connecting to the audience / client and holding their attention

Session 3: Rehearsal and performance on the Abbey stage

In this session we will be putting the voice skills and scoring into action on the main stage of the Abbey Theatre. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive individual performance coaching so that their specific needs can be addressed.

In these workshops participants will be given the tools to lift the words off the page and breathe life into them, to connect with your audience with confidence and to increase personal impact.  The day will be challenging, engaging and fun.

Trainer Profile Qualification & Relevant Experience

Andrea Ainsworth, Voice Director -  Andrea is one of the foremost voice specialists in Ireland. She has been the Voice Director of the Abbey Theatre since 1995, working closely with both Irish and International directors on all Abbey & Peacock theatre productions including premiers of plays by: Seamus Heaney, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuiness, Marina Carr, Conor McPherson and Tom Kilroy. She taught voice, text, accent and scene study in drama schools in London and at the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin from 1995 until 2008. She has worked with most of the independent theatre companies in Ireland and also coaches presenters, lecturers and business clients  . At the Abbey she offers classes and bespoke voice workshops for a variety of groups including: actors, teachers,writers, lecturers, members of the public, local drama groups and large corporate organisations. She has designed and delivered ‘Shakespeare for Teachers’ workshops both locally and nationally.


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Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills

The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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