Richard is an actor-turned-voice coach and has been teaching for nearly 10 years. He specialises in elocution, accents and dialects for performance and is an expert public speaking coach. He also runs veryvocab.co.uk, a voice and speech consultancy service. His students have included actors from across the world, dancers, waiters, teachers, a paediatrician, TV presenters, sales directors, nurses, researchers, kickboxers from Ukraine, comedians, a Spanish au pair and three Scottish magicians, to name just a few.
As a teacher, he holds a PGCE in lifelong learning, as well as a certificate in English language teaching to adults (CELTA). He works around the UK, leading a variety of courses and workshops on voice & dialects at The City Literary Institute, Met Film School (Ealing Studios), Kogan Academy of Dramatic Art (Archway), DNA School of Performance (Manchester) and since 2014, here at Trinity Laban. In 2013, in collaboration with the journalist Phil McDuff (The Guardian), he wrote, produced and presented a documentary on the evolution of the Liverpool accent.
He is the dialect coach for the immersive theatre show The Great Gatsby (Guild of Misrule) and has a large roster of voice and dialect clients. He also runs public speaking courses for corporate professionals, with notable experience in coaching presentations and speeches.
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 directed by Tom Marshall. He can also be seen in Phil Hawkins’ feature length film adaptation on Philip Pullman’s novel The Butterfly Tattoo.
As a voiceover artist, he has several credits, most notably as the current voice of Victoria Plum bathrooms. He has also voiced a number of audiobooks for children and adults, including The Spider and the Fly (4Dio) and H.P Lovecraft’s Lot 249 (4Dio).
Alongside all this, Richard is passionate performer of spoken word poetry, rapping and human 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).