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Voice and speech teachers, professional bodies and related disciplines

Stand up comedy

Poetry and poets



Voice and speech teachers, professional bodies and related disciplines:


Alexander Technique

Body and movement system devised by F.M. Alexander in the early 20th century and now taught worldwide by qualified practitioners. The Technique helps overcome habitual postural problems which can interfere with breath and speech. Described as a "re-education of the mind and body", Alexander Technique can prove enormously beneficial to actors, and public speakers. Rebecca Root recommends the Bloomsbury Alexander Centre in the UK, and Lisa Wentz in San Francisco.

Eric Armstrong [Canada]

Armstrong's Voice and Speech Source website is hosted by York University, Toronto, and offers, amongst much else, an in depth explanation of the science behind the voice. Eric also has a second website, The VoiceGuy, which includes an informative blog.

British Voice Association (BVA) [United Kingdom]

Organization of speech specialists promoting vocal health and usage.

International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA) [United States]

Created in 1997 as a free, online archive of primary source dialect and accent recordings for the performing arts. Its founder and director is Paul Meier, author of Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen, and a leading dialect coach for theatre and film.

Kristin Linklater

Internationally renowned voice practitioner and Professor of Theatre Arts at Columbia University, New York; author of Freeing the Natural Voice.

San Francisco Voice Center [United States]

Founded by Lisa Wentz, MA, AmSat, the SFVC offers courses in voice, speech and presentation skills for business executives, lawyers, politicians, performing artists, teachers and public speakers.

Shine Creative Coaching [Canada]

Founded by Christine Berg and Laura Nordin: two of Canada's finest voice and acting coaches.

Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) [United States]

The website of this international organization has many useful resources such as IPA fonts, teacher directory and useful voice and speech links.

J.C. Wells

John Wells, editor of the Longman Pronunciation Dictionary and Emeritus Professor of Phonetics at University College London; his blog is literally "everything to do with phonetics".



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 Kate Bornstein

Typically forthright website of the academic, actor and author of Gender Outlaw: on Men, Women and the Rest of Us.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

Comprehensive website with information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them.

Gendered Intelligence

"Understanding gender diversity in creative ways", GI was founded by Jay Stewart and Catherine McNamara; it offers support and awareness training on trans issues for young people and their families.

Gender Trust

Support and information organization for trans people, their friends, families, colleagues and employers.

San Francisco LGBT Center [United States]

Founded in 1993 and now one of California's principal centres for counselling, support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Tina Livingstone

Counsellor with specialism in gender identity.


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Acting and drama:


Casting Call Pro

The online directory of professional actors, presenters, agents and casting professionals. Rebecca Root's page may be viewed here.


Equity is the UK Trade Union representing professional performers and other creative workers from across the spectrum of the entertainment, creative and cultural industries. Rebecca Root is a proud member.

Equity Charitable Trust

The Equity Charitable Trust (formerly the Equity Trust Fund) was founded in 1989 to help present and past members of Equity as well as other adult professional performers and their dependants. It can provide welfare grants to those who are unable to work because of poor health, an accident or due to old age. The Trust provides education grants to those who have decided to retrain; Rebecca Root received such a grant and is indebted to the Trust for its assistance. Without it she would not have been able to complete her degree.


Umbrella organisation supporting the work of a broad range of digital and film-based artists, including Caglar Kimyoncu and Michael Achtman.

Fringe Benefits [United States]

Founded in 1991 by Norma Bowles, Fringe Benefits is a groundbreaking educational theatre company whose workshops and productions have earned the commendations of youth, educators, parents and community leaders.

National Theatre

Presents a varied repertoire of classical and contemporary theatre within its three performing spaces on the South Bank.

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

The late Michael Croft formed the NYT in 1956 and his legacy continues to this day under the Artistic Directorship of Paul Roseby. Rebecca Root was a member in Croft's last years of 1985-1986.

Shakespeare's Complete Works

A useful site created by Jeremy Hylton and hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology; with no extraneous editorial notes it is ideal for quickly checking a play's structure and contents.

Shakespeare on Toast

A wonderful book unlocking Shakespeare's intricacies, by Ben Crystal: actor, writer, educator, and "Jamie Oliver for Shakespeare".

The Shakespeare Portal

The home site to the books on Shakespeare from father and son team David and Ben Crystal. It also contains supplementary material relating to the books, audio files, and links to related sites.

Shakespeare's Words

This site, also by the Crystals,  integrates the full text of the plays and poems with a Glossary database, allowing you to search for any word or phrase in Shakespeare's works, and in particular to find all instances of all words that can pose a difficulty to the modern reader.

Society of London Theatre

The official guide to what's on in London theatre.


View Rebecca Root's entry in the Spotlight directory. Founded in 1927 Spotlight has since become world-famous for its casting directories. As the industry's leading casting resource, it's used by most TV, film, radio and theatrical companies in the UK, and many worldwide.

Scott Marshall Partners

Rebecca Root's theatrical representation.

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Stand up comedy

Chris Head

Tutor, consultant and director of comedy. Rebecca took Chris's course: Introduction to Stand Up in autumn 2011. Highly recommended.

The Comedy Store

The national theatre of comedy. Rebecca has performed here in 2011 and 2012.

Fall Down Stand Up

Rebecca Root's stand up comedy blog, published on the Wordpress site.


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Poetry and poets:


Norbert Hirschhorn

Both a medical doctor and exemplary poet, Hirschhorn was commended in 1993 by President Bill Clinton as an "American Health Hero". His poems have been published in over a dozen journals, three anthologies, four pamphlets, and two full collections.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

WB Yeats' 1893 poem, read by Rebecca Root on the shore of Lough Gill, opposite the "Lake Isle" itself. (This link accesses YouTube.)

Magma Poetry

The poetry magazine with a different editor for each issue. Magma promotes the very best in contemporary poetry; poetry that's alert to the world we live in, that's honest and above all, unexpected.

The Poetry Archive

The Poetry Archive is the world's premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work. You can listen to the voices of contemporary English-language poets and of poets from the past.

 The Poetry Library

Founded in 1953, the Poetry Library is located on the 5th floor of the Royal Festival Hall. It is the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain.

Poetry Magazines Archive

This is a free access site to the full-text digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. The site was launched in 2003.

The Poetry Society

The Poetry Society's mission is to advance the study, use and enjoyment of poetry. A charitable organisation founded in 1909, it provides support, information and merchandise for specialists and the general public alike.

Jacqueline Saphra

Multi-talented poet, playwright, screenwriter, songwriter, stand-up comic, and one half of the poetry duo The Disparate Housewives.

The Wolf magazine

The Wolf Magazine was founded in 2002 and publishes new poetry by emerging and established writers. It presents new poetry three times a year and is edited by James Byrne. Rebecca Root's poem, "Burnt Fish" appeared in Issue 5 (December 2003).


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Education and training:

Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD)

Founded in 1906, the Central School of Speech and Drama combines the traditions of the conservatoire with the cutting edge innovation and enquiry of the best university drama departments. The MA Voice Studies course at Central is widely recognised to be a world-leading training programme in voice and speech pedagogy. Rebecca Root graduated with Distinction in 2008.

King Street College

King Street College has been teaching English to speakers of other languages since 1988. Rebecca Root works as an instructor on King Street's Voice Training courses, which are proving to be highly popular as more and more people realise what a powerful indicator of professionalism and personality their voice is.

 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Accredited conservatoire training academy founded in 1945 and member of the Conference of Drama Schools. Rebecca Root graduated as an actor in 1990.

Performers College

Independent Further Education College for the Performing Arts. Rebecca Root is principal voice instructor.


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