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Richard Hollingworth

Voice Coach

Musical Theatre


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Richard is an actor & voice coach and has been teaching voice and speech since 2009. He specialises in voice strengthening, accents and dialects for performance and is an expert public speaking coach.

He has held the post Voice Coach for Musical Theatre at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance since 2018 and has taught voice & dialects across the UK at CPA Studios, Kogan Academy of Dramatic Art, City Lit, Met Film School (Ealing Studios), and DNA School of Performance in Manchester. He served as dialect coach for the immersive theatre show The Great Gatsby (Guild of Misrule) and has a large roster of voice & dialect clients.

As a teacher, he holds a BA (Hons) in Performance and a PGCE in lifelong learning, as well as a specialism in Functional Skills. He also runs public speaking courses for corporate professionals, with notable experience in coaching presentations and speeches. Richard’s corporate public speaking clients include Ernst & Young, NetApp, London Borough of Tower Hamlets and City of Westminster Council.

Richard has also written, produced and presented a short How-to film guide on the contemporary Liverpool accent, in collaboration with the journalist Phil McDuff (Guardian).

As an actor, he gained a BA (Hons) in Performance focusing on physical, musical and standard theatre.  He also attended the Manchester School of Acting, training in naturalistic acting for film and TV. Since training he has appeared in a variety of stage productions and over 50 short films including the award-winning Bigboy_74 (Dir: Tom Marshall). He can also be seen in Phil Hawkins’ feature length film adaptation on Philip Pullman’s novel The Butterfly Tattoo.

Richard also works regularly as a voiceover artist for TV and radio. He has also voiced a number of audiobooks for children and adults, including The Wolves of Rome (by V. M. Manfredi), The Spider & the fly and H.P Lovecraft’s Lot 249 (both for 4diobooks).

Alongside all this, Richard is passionate performer of spoken word poetry, rapping and beatboxing. He was a key member of Freestyle Fictionary, a crew of Manchester-based hip-hop improvisation performers who regularly performed across the UK. In his spare time, he can be found performing some of his own poetry at open mic nights in London (or wherever he may be at the time).