Clare Davidson MFA, is a coach and theatre director with a worldwide reputation. She has trained many stars and senior executives across the globe, directed in London’s West End and off-Broadway, and held academic positions in colleges and universities in America and the United Kingdom.

10 WEEK ACTING MASTERCLASS

A ten week intensive course covering the essential elements of an actor’s training.

Text, scene work and improvisation are explored, along with physical and vocal exercises which will develop the body and the voice, enabling increased emotional and creative freedom. This consolidates an actor’s technique, and will increase confidence.

Suitable for all levels, from beginners to established professionals. Course begins October 2017. Early Bird tickets on sale now.

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VOICE COACHING

Clare studied voice at LAMDA alongside Kristin Linklater and taught by Iris Warren. Over the years she has developed her own approach, through carefully chosen exercises, to compliment Iris’s fundamental beliefs for the development of a free vocal tone. Clare has used her vocal experience throughout her work with actors and business executives, and it has been a major contribution to her success with clients globally.

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PRESENTATION

ACTING COACHING

To assist actors with their development of a role Clare draws upon her extensive experience as a theatre director, and a vocal and acting coach on movies. She offers script analysis, assistance with self-taping, auditions, dialects, voice-overs and show reels, and has developed a series of exercises which will ensure a strong emotional connection with free sound.

TESTIMONIALS

“She was an indispensible help to me.”

Sting

“Outstanding and unique in her field.”

Dudley Moore

“Her tact, knowledge and calmness in work was extraordinary.”

Dirk Bogarde

“Having known Clare Davidson for nearly 30 years I highly recommend her.”

Stephen Rea

“Clare’s experience is vast. She has coached me extensively and it is to her I owe much of my success.”

Jayne Brook

“She has always shown teaching of the highest calibre, and is now internationally acclaimed as a vocal and acting coach. We consider her unique in her field.”

Anthony Branch, Director Emeritus, British American Drama Academy (BADA), London, UK

“Recognising her outstanding communication skills she has earned a worldwide reputation as an acting and vocal coach and as such is unique in her field.”

Roger Croucher, ex-Principal LAMDA, London, UK

“Clare Davidson has organised and run many successful acting workshops at the Actor’s Centre in London.”

Paula Jacobs, ex-Director, The Actor's Centre, London, UK

“Her work as both director and teacher is held in high esteem by collegues and theatre practicioners in the UK, and her productions regularly receive critical acclaim.”

Suzan Dormer, on behalf of The Directors Guild of Great Britain, UK

“Her extraordinary abilities in her field, both for motion picture and the stage, place her among the top coaches in the western world.”

Douglas Seelig, Associate Producer and Editor, New Line Productions Inc, California, USA

“The result that she achieves with actors is truly remarkable. She has an extraordinary ability to help them express enormous intensity of feeling while they also achieve full believability in their acting… She also has an excellent command of Shakespearean text.”

 

Mary Corrigan, Professor of Theatre, University of California, San Diego, USA

Davidson has been my colleague at Oxford in the British American Academy Program and is a superb teacher; intuitive and articulate who brings great skill and compassion to her work.”

Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC

“Her teaching of acting and of vocal production is based in a comprehensive understanding of the connection between the imagination and the physical expression in the actor’s creative process. This is a rare quality in an acting teacher.”

Earl R. Gister, Associate Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut

“Clare is one of the bravest directors I’ve worked with. She is ever bold in rehearsals and encourages her actors to be bold as well. She has a wonderful way of drawing out the best from her cast by making them active participants in the creation of the piece. Some of my best and most fulfilling work as an actor has come under her direction. She holds a place of high esteem for me as both a director and mentor.”

Dan Flapper, Student College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

“I have observed her work as a director in Norway and as a teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico… bringing vision, experience and good humour to everything she does. She can enthuse both actors and students and is a terrific leader of teams. Her work around the world has given her a breadth of knowledge and experience that is rarely found.”

Luke Dixon, Director International Workshops Festival, London

Sting, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Dudley Moore, Liam Neeson, Stacey Keach, Brian Cox, Patricia Hodge, Lulu, Maureen Lipman, Jennifer Beals, Jim Broadbent (Academy Award 2002), Ian Charleson, Jennifer Ehle, Francesca Annis, Harriet Walter, Rachel Hunter, Louise Goffin, Jayne Brook, Sarah Miles, Eddie Kidd, Jodie May, Heather Mills, Orlando Bloom, David Austin, Jack Whitehall, Kim Coates

“CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG”, directed by Ken Hughes, Dialect Coach for Heather Ripley and Simon Hall, who play Dick Van Dyke’s children.

“ACCIDENT”, directed by Joseph Losey. Acting and Dialect Coach for Jacqueline Sassard.

“BOOM”, directed by Joseph Losey. Worked with general cast (Pre-shoot).

“BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE”, directed by Richard Loncraine. Acting Coach for Sting.

“THE BRIDE”, directed by Frank Roddam. Acting Coach for Sting.

“WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT”, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Post-production work with Bob Hoskins.

“THE POWER OF ONE”, directed by John Avildsen. Acting Coach for Stephen Dorff, Simon Fenton and Guy Witcher, who play the three ages of PK.

 PLUS TV & FILM STUDIOS INCLUDING: BBC, Warner Brothers, MGM, New Regency, Paramount, Actor’s Studio Pinewood

THE ACTORS CENTRE, London

THE FREEHOLD THEATRE COMPANY, London, with Nancy Meckler

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, Covent Garden, London

SHARED EXPERIENCE THEATRE COMPANY, London, with Michael Alfreds and Nancy Meckler

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, London.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP FESTIVAL, London, with Luke Dixon.

7:84 THEATRE COMPANY, England and Scotland, with John McGrath.

FIELD DAY THEATRE COMPANY, Ireland, with Stephen Rea.

KUMU KAHUA THEATRE, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, with Gene Schofner.

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII on the Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii.

“A NOISE WITHIN” CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY, Glendale, Los Angeles, with Art Manke.

THE ACTOR’S GUILD, London

LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART (LAMDA), London

WEBBER DOUGLAS, DRAMA SCHOOL, London

BRITISH AMERICAN DRAMA ACADEMY (BADA), London

THE CLARE DAVIDSON ACTING PROGRAM, London & Los Angeles

THE ATLANTIC THEATRE COMPANY’S ACTING SCHOOL (NYU), New York

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

THE MID-PACIFIC INSTITUTE, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

THE GRAY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL, Navajo Reservation, Tuba City, Arizona

THE COLLEGE OF SANTA FE, Santa Fe, New Mexico

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, Biever Guest Lecture Series, New Orleans, Louisiana

THE NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS (NOCCA), New Orleans, Louisiana

THE FLYING SWAN ACTING PROGRAM, Wesleyan University, Connecticut

ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH & DRAMA, London

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PRESENTATION COACHING

To ensure confidence in the office and when speaking in public, Clare gives a series of exercises ensuring vocal dexterity and physical relaxation. These processes will enable freedom of the breath and reduce stress, supporting the ability to talk effectively in any group situation. Presentation techniques are tailored to assist the needs of the individual or company.

TESTIMONIALS

“You are world-class. A clear leader in your field…”

Client at the Kingstree Group (UK) Ltd.

“The marvelous results I obtained from her classes proved to me the high regard her contemporaries have for her and abilities as a teacher.”

Kam Yung Sung, Video Production Trainer, Olelo TV, USA

“I spoke with some of the attorneys who took her class and they raved about it…”

G. Hisae Ishii-Chang, Director of Programs, Hawaii State Bar Association, Honolulu

“The type of training I received from Ms Davidson was unusual, extraordinary and immensely helpful. Being in a sales profession, the use of voice and emotion is extremely important to understand and master; no book or sales course I had previously been exposed to gave me the scope and depth of understanding that I gained from her course.”

Bettina Uris, President, Enterprise Realty and Investments Inc, USA

“Even though what she teaches is highly specialized, it has very broad application. I have seen her class profoundly benefit not just theatre professionals, but also business people, lawyer, civil servants, writers…  I have learned so much from her, and she has fundamentally improved my teaching…”

Bennett T. Moffat, Instructor of Theatre, Windward Community College, USA
  • Morley College, London

  • The Kingstree Group (UK) Ltd, London

  • Hawaii State Bar Association, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii on the Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu

  • The LAB School, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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HISTORY

CLARE DAVIDSON’S ACTING MASTERCLASS, London, 2017

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR of MEADOWS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT and the LAURENTIA GLOBAL FUND, London, 2010-2016

HEAD of VOICE and DIRECTING plays, THE POOR SCHOOL and THE WORKHOUSE THEATRE, London, 2009-2017

PROFESSOR, HEAD of ACTING and DIRECTING, PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT, THE COLLEGE OF SANTA FE, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1999-2008

AWARDED MFA, COLLEGE OF SANTA FE, 1999

LECTURER at THE MARJORIE BALLANTINE STUDIO, New York, 1996-1999

LECTURER at THE ATLANTIC THEATRE COMPANY’S ACTING SCHOOL (NYU), New York, 1996-1998

DIRECTOR of THE CLARE DAVIDSON ACTING PROGRAM, London & Los Angeles, 1992-1996

DIRECTOR of BADA’s ‘EARLY STAGES’ ACTING PROGRAM, London, 1989-1992

DEAN of the BRITISH AMERICAN DRAMA ACADEMY (BADA), London, 1988-1989

LECTURER at BALLIOL COLLEGE OXFORD for BADA’S “MIDSUMMER IN OXFORD PROGRAM”, Oxford, 1984-1998

FOUNDER MEMBER & LECTURER at the ACTORS CENTRE, London 1977-Present Day

HEAD of VOICE for the LONDON ACADEMY of MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART, London, 1965-1972

CERTIFICATE: VOICE AND SPEECH (LAMDA), studying with Iris Warren and Kristin Linklater, London, 1963-1964

TRAINING ACTING & DIRECTING, LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART (LAMDA), London, 1960-1964

MEMBER of BRITISH EQUITY, 1965-Present Day

FOUNDER MEMBER of the DIRECTOR’S GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1983

MEMBER of the BRITISH ACADEMY of FILM and TELEVISION ARTS, 1996-1999

Listed in DEBRETT’S PEERAGE “PEOPLE OF TODAY”, 1991-1994

Listed in “WHO’S WHO AMONG AMERICA’S TEACHERS”, 2002-2007

PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTIONS including:

“UP IN SWEDEN” by Pam Gems (New Play), with Michael Maloney, King’s Head Theatre, London.

“IRISH EYES AND ENGLISH TEARS” by Nigel Baldwin (New Play) (co-director with Ian Kellgren), with Alfred Molina, Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court Theatre, London.

“THE TAX EXILE” by Jonathan Gems (New Play) (co-director with Nancy Meckler), Bush Theatre, London.

“THE SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE” by Jonathan Gems (New Play) (co-director with Ian Kellgren), ICA Theatre, London.

“MISS JULIE” by August Strindberg, with Stephen Rea and Cheryl Campbell, Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London, transferred to Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

“THE MAIDS” by Jean Genet, with Mark Rylance, Shared Experience Company, Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London, and Dublin Festival, Ireland.

“HAPPY DAYS” by Samuel Beckett, with Darlene Johnson, Shared Experience Company, Donmar Warehouse, London, and Belfast Festival, Ireland

“BOESMAN AND LENA” by Athol Fugard, with Stephen Rea, Field Day Theatre Company, Ireland, touring Ireland.

“THE THREE SISTERS” by Anton Chekhov, Bridge Lane Theatre, London.

“BOESMAN AND LENA” by Athol Fugard, with Janet Suzman and Stuart Wilson, Hampstead Theatre Club, London.

“FIVE FINGER EXERCISE” by Peter Shaffer, with Linus Roache, Cambridge Theatre Company, touring England.

“LITTLE EYOLF” by Henrik Ibsen, with Diana Rigg and Ronald Pickup, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London.

“HEDDA GABLER” by Henrik Ibsen, with Marit Gronhaug, Rogaland Theatre, Stavanger, Norway, transferred to Bloomsbury Theatre, London (This was the first time Ibsen was performed in Norwegian on the London Stage).

“PEER GYNT” by Henrik Ibsen, with Michael Maloney, Cambridge Theatre Company, touring England.

“ATONEMENT” by Barry Collins (New Play), with Annabel Leventon, Lyric Studio Hammersmith, London.

“SHONA” by Tony Craze, with Sonja Kristina, Pentameters Theatre, London.

“ALPHA BETA” by Ted Whitehead, with George Costigan, Man in the Moon Theatre, London.

“SOLITAIRE” by Rosary O’Neill (New Play), Tristan Bates Theatre, London.

“LITTLE EYOLF” by Henrik Ibsen, with Markus Scarabai and Jutta Weiss, The Complex Theatre, Los Angeles.

“WILLIAM AND CATHERINE” by Tony Jasper (New Musical) (6 productions), The Jasperian Theatre Company, touring England.

“CLOSE” by Eduardo Pavlovsky, with Amalia Sanchez Caballero, Tristan Bates Theatre, London.

“RELATIVELY SPEAKING” by Alan Ayckbourn, Tristan Bates Theatre, London.

“UNFINISHED MELODY OF A COUPLE” by Eduardo Pavlovsky (New Play), SUR Productions, Pentameters Theatre, London, and Edinburgh Festival, Scotland.

“A DOLL’S HOUSE” by Henrik Ibsen, with Walter van Dyk and Antoinette van Belle, Van Dyk and Co Theatre Company, Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, Holland.

“GLORY, GLORY, DIOLCH IDDO” by Tony Jasper (New Musical), The Jasperian Theatre Company, touring England and Wales.

“LADY CHATTERLEY’S LOVER” by D.H.Lawrence, with Simone Labib and Peter Tate, Fusion Productions, The Cockpit Theatre, London.

“EXPOSITION BOULEVARD” by Rosary O’Neill (New Play), Southern Repertory Theatre, New Orleans, Louisiana.

“THREE AMONGST MANY” by Tony Jasper (New Musical), The Jasperian Theatre Company, touring England.

“SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN” by William Shakespeare, with Amalia Sanchez Caballero, SUR Productions, touring Argentina.

“THREE AMERICAN PLAYS” by Brian Goluboff, Eddie Betts and Jane Nixon-Willis, Dryades Party Production, Man in the Moon Theatre, London.

“CHARLES WESLEY 1707” by Tony Jasper (New Musical) (2 productions), The Jasperian Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival, Scotland, and touring England.

“CANDIDA” by Bernard Shaw, The Pearl Theatre Company, New York.

“WAITING FOR GODOT” by Samuel Beckett, 78th Street Theatre Lab, New York.

“GET UP OUT OF YOUR SEATS” by Tony Jasper (New Musical), The Jasperian Theatre Company, touring England

“FORSAKING ALL OTHERS” by Brian Dykstra (New Play), Big Sur Productions, Pentameters Theatre, London.

“RAIN DANCE” by Terry Gomez (New Play), The Weckesser Studio Theatre, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“MISO” by Susan Shirwen (New Play), TAG Theatre, Honolulu, Hawaii. Out of State Director’s Po’okela Award.

“SUMMER AND SMOKE” by Tennessee Williams, The Workhouse Theatre, London.

“THE CRUCIBLE” by Arthur Miller, The Workhouse Theatre, London.

“ORPHEUS DESCENDING” by Tennessee Williams, The Workhouse Theatre, London

COLLEGE PRODUCTIONS including:

“WOYZECK” by George Buchner, with Ian Charleson, LAMDA, MacOwen Theatre, London.

“A MIDSUMMERS NIGHT DREAM” by William Shakespeare,  BADA, Cecil Sharp House, London.

“BLACK COMEDY” by Peter Shaffer, BADA, Tricycle Theatre, London.

“ANTIGONE” by Jean Anouilh, BADA, Tricycle Theatre, London.

“MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS” by Athol Fugard, BADA, Embassy Theatre, London.

“DUSA, FISH, STAS AND VI” by Pam Gems, BADA, Embassy Theatre, London.

“STEAMING” by Nell Dunn, BADA, Tricycle Theatre, London.

“CRYSTAL CLEAR” devised by Phil Young, CD Acting Program, Almeida Theatre, London.

“HAY FEVER” by Noel Coward , CD Acting Program, Royal Court Theatre, London (1st Production).

“THE THREE SISTERS” by Anton Chekhov, CD Acting Program, Almeida Theatre, London.

“THE CHERRY ORCHARD” by Anton Chekhov, CD Acting Program, Tricycle Theatre, London.

“HAY FEVER” by Noel Coward, CD Acting Program, Royal Court Theatre, London (2nd Production).

“THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA” by Garcia Lorca, CD Acting Program, Tricycle Theatre, London.

“PRIVATE LIVES” by Noel Coward, CD Acting Program, The Globe Theatre, Los Angeles.

“BEDROOM FARCE” by Alan Ayckbourn, CD Acting Program, The Globe Theatre, Los Angeles.

“THE THREE SISTERS” by Anton Chekhov, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“THE MUSICAL IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” by John Sean O’Mahony, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“BLITHE SPIRIT” by Noel Coward, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“CABARET” book by Joe Masteroff, lyrics by Fred Ebb, music by John Kander, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“THE RIVALS” by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“WEST SIDE STORY” book by Arthur Laurens, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“MACBETH” by William Shakespeare, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“ENTERTAINING MR. SLOANE” by Joe Orton, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“NOISES OFF” by Michael Frayn, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“HAIR” book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado, music by Galt McDermott, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“HAMLET” by William Shakespeare, CSF, The Weckesser Studio Theatre, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“THE BOYFRIEND” book and lyrics by Sandy Wilson, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“COME BACK TO THE FIVE AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN” by Ed Graczyk, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“A DOLL’S HOUSE” by Henrik Ibsen, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“CRIMES OF THE HEART” by Beth Henley, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“THE CRUCIBLE” by Arthur Miller, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“THE SEAGULL” by Anton Chekhov, CSF, Greer Garson Theatre Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“HAMLET” by William Shakespeare, The Workhouse Theatre, London.

“THE CHERRY ORCHARD” by Anton Chekhov, The Workhouse Theatre, London.

“MACBETH” by William Shakespeare, The Workhouse Theatre, London.

“ROMEO and JULIET” by William Shakespeare, The Workhouse Theatre, London.