Communications Training | Speech and Drama Workshops

What do we do?


Speaking Works is about providing children and adults with life-long communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills are vital for everyone, not just the budding actor or public speaker.
 

Adults: Learn and practise in non-threatening, inspiring workshops with Speaking Works. Effective, confident communication skills are being recognised as increasingly important in today's ever changing, business and educational landscapes. Such skills can help us succeed in an interview, build relationships, or give confidence to excel in the delivery of that vital presentation. Many take these skills for granted whilst they confidently address clients and colleagues or effortlessly pitch products and ideas but others may be halted on the career ladder as they struggle to communicate effectively.

 

Children: Learn and gain confidence working from page to stage through play and drama in a supportive, fun environment. Most importantly we run SMALL classes to allow for individual attention. Pupils can also prepare for LAMDA examinations in both Communication and Performance. We provide the opportunity to learn the 'technical' soft and hard skills needed to be an engaging speaker. Students are taught specific performance techniques required to succeed in LAMDA examinations up to Gold medal. Often children don't ge enough opportunities to explore and practice vital communication and performance skills which is why Speaking Works offers just that! 

Who are we?

Jude Bolton (Millins)

Director | Voice and Communications Coach 

Alongside running Speaking Works Jude is a visiting lecturer at prestigious drama school, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Previous clients include Vodafone, Ketchum PR, TeachFirst, FDA, Accenture. Jude also tutors voice to business professionals through City Academy. 


‘Speaking Works’ was launched in the summer of 2012 to provide essential communications training for children and adults. From 2013 - 2015 Jude also worked as a curriculum and peripatetic drama teacher at schools in Hertfordshire preparing children aged 3-18yrs for LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and ESB (English Speaking Board) exams. From 2010-12 she worked in Hong Kong at Starlit Learning Centre *now Starlit Voice* where she introduced LAMDA examinations into the curriculum. Starlit is now the official representative for LAMDA in Hong Kong.

After studying English literature at Exeter University and UCLA she went to work in busy office environments in London, working with high profile clients at Save the Children, and as Exec. P.A to the chairman of a leading talent agency. Jude then combined her knowlege of communication skills with a love of drama to teach in Hong Kong. She is skilled in presentation technique and public speaking. As a coach, the combination of her previous roles and the skills that were required give her a unique understanding of how to communicate with authenticity and impact in various situations. Jude believes that excellent communication is about confidently being yourself whilst having an awareness of what you are saying and the impact of your physical and vocal expression. 

In 2014 she completed a diploma in speech and drama in education with LAMDA (LSDE) receiving a Distinction. In 2016 Jude completed an MA in Voice Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Jude Bolton – Director, Speaking Works
BA (hons) English Literature. LSDE (LAMDA). MA Voice Studies (RCSSD)
Member of the Association of LAMDA Teachers & the Society of teachers of Speech and drama.
Professional liability insurance and enhanced DBS check.

The Speech bubble, Paediatric speech and language therapy practice

Children’s communication is about so much more than being able to answer a question in class or tell your parents what you did in school. The ability to communicate is central to who we are, how we learn, and what we do in our lives.

Benjamin Archer | Performance Works St Albans & Harpenden


Training: School of the Arts, The University of Northampton

Benjamin graduated in 2010 with a BA (Hons) in Acting and has worked as a professional actor since. Benjamin began a career teaching speech and drama in 2012. He is passionate about providing students with essential communication and performance skills and is experienced in teaching students within the age range of 5 – 18 yrs. In his other teaching posts alongside LAMDA preparation he provides tuition and guidance to help students wishing to pursue careers in the performing arts. He is currently the senior acting tutor at The Performing Arts Depot (The PAD) where he not only designs and delivers the BTEC level 3 diploma but also prepares students for LAMDA examinations and any auditions students receive. Benjamin also works at Akeley Wood Senior School as a LAMDA tutor. Prior to his current positions he also worked as a workshop facilitator for Tread the Boards Theatre Company, providing schools with workshops based around how to perform Shakespeare’s texts and bringing the page to stage. 

Performance Credits:
Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest, Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility, John Darling in Peter Pan, Roderigo in Othello, Robin in A Wedding Story, Camillo in The Winters Tale, Lysander in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Quince in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice,

Lauren Cesena | Storytelling Works | Performance Works St Albans/Harpenden


Lauren first joined Speaking Works as a volunteer in 2013 after finishing her A-Levels. Lauren spent two years facilitating in local drama and storytelling classes as well as stage schools, working with pupils from 18 months to 18 years old. In 2014 Lauren began a degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, which she will be graduating from in 2017. During her degree, she has continued to work with young people, which has involved directing GCSE students, assisting with musical theatre workshops and regularly running drama workshops for primary ages. She currently leads a drama programme in a primary school in London. She has performed and facilitated in various community settings, such as in children’s hospices, with elders with Dementia and vulnerable women. We have been proud to see Lauren go on to do exciting things in the world of drama facilitation and teaching and are excited to have Lauren back now working with Speaking Works!

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