Resonance Voice Training is a company based in London. It is led by founder Louise Kerr and its excellence depends on a select team of hand picked associates.
We have all had careers as professional performers having sung and acted across the UK and Europe. We all have experience and excellent track records in teaching and training communication skills.
Working across the UK we offer a range of courses for educational and public sector establishments, for charities, corporate sector companies and individuals.
Our highly adaptive approach can be tailored to meet most needs. In the last year, for example, we have tailored courses for newly qualified teachers, civil servants, corporate executives, chambers, doctors, social workers, call centres, and university academics.
We have also taught young people involved in the theatre and public speaking and others in need of interview skills.
MEET THE TEAM
Louise Kerr MA Voice – Director
Louise has the MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama As a television voice expert she appeared on C4’s hit show ‘Faking It’ building the vocal confidence of a young would be video director. She was also the onscreen voice and movement coach to a string of celebrities in the Channel 5 series ‘Celebrity Swap’ changing the gender, race, class and age many of the participants. Her most recent TV contribution has been for Back2Back productions for their series ‘The Changing Face of….’
As the founder and Director of Resonance Voice Training she currently coaches and trains in industry and education running courses for, amongst others, the The Wellcome Trust, SHL, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and many other public sector organisations and educational establishments. As an actress her performance work took her to the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and many of the country’s repertory theatres. She has recently taken up singing for recital following a break in her performing career.
Tracy Elster – Lead Associate London
Tracy is a professional actor, singer, performance coach and teacher. A UEA Drama graduate, she is trained in the Estill vocal system and Meisner acting technique and teaches acting, voice and singing to advanced level.
She has extensive experience in theatre, having co-founded a theatre company which took up residence at The Norwich Arts Centre from 1992-4, toured with many regional companies and has also written, performed and produced her own one-woman shows. As a singer she has performed in the UK and The Netherlands and specialises in European cabaret and jazz.
Tracy currently coaches choirs and individuals on performance skills in The Netherlands and has been performance coach on numerous training courses, including Presentation Skills and Leadership Voice. She is also an experienced facilitator and role player in the medical and corporate sectors.
She is currently studying for an MA in Dramatherapy at Roehampton.
Sasha Mitchell – Lead Associate London
Sasha has worked for Resonance for 7 years. She also runs workshops for TENDER having devised an anti-bullying policy for use in the adult learning sector and has completed the NSPCC Prevention Of Bullying course, and the City & Islington College’s Equality and Diversity course. She worked as voice tutor on the Access to University course at Clean Break and has worked as a voice trainer with ex-offenders for CAST.
In 2008 she completed a Vocal Process voice training course with Gillyanne Kayes. Sasha is an experienced professional singer and performer in Theatre, Television and Radio. Having begun working professionally as an actress at the age of 16, she continues to fit in television and theatre and singing appearances between training workshops.
She works regularly with Wonderful Beast Theatre Co and recently sang to a packed Queen Elizabeth Hall on the South Bank.
Sarah Souster – Associate Oxford
Sarah Souster has a wealth of experience as a performer, trainer and facilitator. She graduated from university with a BA in English Literature, then worked as an actress in TIE, community theatre, and repertory. After having children she moved towards arts education and training. Sarah devised a training programme for teachers and early years practitioners to encourage the use of Drama and to have ‘confidence in creative play’. This training was delivered across many London Boroughs.
As well as working within the Education sector, Sarah has worked for Actors in Management as a role player and facilitator for corporate clients. She has also provided communication skills training for the NHS. Sarah currently coaches in presentation skills and ‘courage in’ public speaking. As a qualified EFL teacher Sarah her knowledge of phonetics and accent reduction is much used for those who have English as an additional language.
Richard Sexton MA Fine Art– Associate Sweden
Richard has complemented his fine art (painting) practice with various linguistic and teaching activities. Translation work has featured prominently helped by his fluency in French, English, German, Italian and Swedish.
A resident of ten years standing in Stockholm he has been training Scandinavian English speakers to perform better and more confidently in any scenario where English is the lingua franca, whether it be in business, academia or within the cultural domain. He continues to regularly hold painting courses both privately and publicly at various museums around the land.
His great love of language adds to his excellence as a trainer.
Edward Halsted BA (Hons) Law – Associate
Edward has worked in drama-based corporate training for many years as facilitator, role-player and coach. He was born in London, read Law at Exeter University and then trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His theatre work includes many leading regional theatres, the National Theatre, the West End and recently with the acclaimed Punchdrunk company.
He won Best Actor at Edinburgh. He has a wide variety of tv and film credits, and his recent voice-over work includes The South Bank Show. Radio work includes four series of the popular comedy Like They’ve Never Been Gone.
With vast performance experience in theatre and television, Jill returned to further education, completing a Law Diploma in 1991 and training as a Barrister. She has had extensive experience as a facilitator of drama based roleplay training since 1995 and has led many workshops around various senior management issues.
Jill also works with Scenario and forum theatre with experience in scenario based workshops, using a mix of learnt script and forum facilitation. She is qualified to administer and feedback MBTI (OPP); and qualified to administer Emotional Intelligence.
Ros Simmons MA Voice – Associate
Ros graduated with an MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama and was awarded the Certificate in Speaking Skills from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She trained as an actor in Manchester and has worked in Film, Theatre and Television. She has trained and facilitated in Communication Skills for GP’s, psychiatrists and medical students at many of the major teaching hospitals in London and in Cambridge.
Her voice teaching has taken her to several leading London drama schools – Central, RADA, The London Centre for Theatre Studies, MD2000, and she works regularly at Mountview Theatre School. She also works with professional actors as an Accent and Dialect coach in film and television; most recently, ‘School for Seduction’ and ‘The Glass House’. Ros also coaches in presentation skills and public speaking and teaches Spoken English Skills to professionals who have English as a second language.