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