Kate Firth
Lecturer in Voice

Formerly an actress, Kate has been voice and text coach since 1996. She is passionate about unlocking every individual’s confidence and ability to speak freely, clearly and spontaneously. With a holistic approach to voice, Kate is has spent more than 20 years working with actors, radio and TV presenters to enable them to develop vocal flexibility, range, strength, clarity and control. She has a special interest in working with actors on both classic and modern texts to breathe life into the written word and enable them to lift text off the page and embody characters truthfully and with ease.  She is especially interested in integrating psycho-physical aspects of voice, character, speech and text, to help actors tackle and overcome the challenges of the rehearsal process.

Kate has previously taught at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Royal Welsh College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Oxford School of Drama and was a voice and text lecturer on the MA in Shakespeare for Performance at Bath Spa University.

Recent voice and text support: 

  • 1599: A Year In The Life Of William Shakespeare, for Bristol Shakespeare Festival

  • Lunatic, There I Go, Floating World Productions, Dublin

  • A Room For One, Blue Brook Productions

  • The Gate Theatre, Dublin, voice, Pride And Prejudice

  • Coaching Voice Over Artists for BBC wildlife documentaries

Other work includes: Bristol Old Vic Theatre; various productions with The Actors Company at Jermyn Street Theatre; Microphone technique and voice and skills for a confidential list of clients across BBC TV and Radio, ITV and Channel 4, as well as top politicians and public figures.

  • MA PsychologyThesis ‘Voicing the Self, exploring voice, identity and self.\

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies, Central School of Speech & Drama

  • ITEC Anatomy Physiology and Body Massage Diploma

  • Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate

  • BA Hons (2:1) Spanish and Drama, University of London