I have been a performer all my life and a teacher for the last thirty years in Edmonton. I know what it’s like to stand on stage in front of an audience and perform. I also know what it’s like to be afraid to perform.

I started out as a child actor, in the first musical that CTV ever produced: The Magic Trumpet. I pursued a BFA in Acting at the University of Alberta.  I spent ten years as a professional actor, and began teaching during this time. In 2012, I returned to school in the Masters in Theatre Voice Pedagogy program at the University of Alberta.

My master’s thesis was on Performance Anxiety in Public Presenters.  For two years I was immersed in courses as varied as Speech Science to research papers on the plasticity of the brain and the breath techniques of professional actors. It gave me a more complete understanding of the things that influence our voice, speech and presentation.

I’m inspired by the impact of a powerful presentation. I’m excited about helping people find their voice and the joy of speaking in front of others.

Whether a mid-level manager speaking to their team, a lawyer speaking to a jury, or a professor speaking to a lecture theatre, I want to bring joy to public speaking and help people like you find your voice so you can succeed on your own terms, just as I have.

Career highlights

Founder, Dramatic Learning (2004 – 2012)

Over eight years, I worked with kids and I learned that certain habits that hinder our public speaking ability are developed at a very young age.

Drama Facilitator, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital (2008 – 2012)

Working with stroke and brain injured patients I saw how they could find the joy in performing and that’s a lesson we should all take to heart.

Lead Instructor, Citadel Theatre’s Foote Theatre School (1989 – 2005)

Working with many of the same students over the years I saw how their hard work and practice paid off.

Contributor: “Rough Cuts” (CBC Radio), “Point of View” (The Women’s Network)

As a performer I realize how tough it is and that there is fear there but also you can overcome it. When I give advice people can be assured that I’ve been there and done that.

If you want to find your voice, beat your anxiety and speak with confidence, get in touch! 780-297-0778 or alyson@alysonconnolly.com.