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About Catherine

Catherine is a freelance voice and dialect coach, who regularly coaches for professional production companies and producing houses. She has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, education, commerce, law and politics across England, Australia, Hong Kong, Africa and India. Her former roles include: Head of Voice at Rose Bruford College, Head of Voice and Vice Principal at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and Head of Examinations at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), where she was responsible for artistic and commercial operations worldwide.

Catherine is a published author, co-developer of The Real Accent App series and a director of Howard Weate Productions, which specialises in apps for the creative industries. She is a Trustee of the Royal Academy of Dance, where she Chairs the Artistic and Examinations Sub-Committee, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). Catherine has also appeared on Radio 4 Midweek, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Merseyside and CBBC.

Television coaching credits include: Panorama (BBC), The Lodge Season 2 (Zodiak & Disney Channel), Downton Abbey (Carnival Film & TV/Masterpiece Theatre), Legacy (BBC/Slim Film & TV), Siblings (Bwark Productions), Gates (Sky Arts), The Undercover Soldier (BBC), Whistleblower (BBC), Mischief (BBC) and School of Performing Arts (E4). Film coaching credits include: The Chameleon* (October Films), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2 - London ADR (The Weinstein Company/Iron Knight Productions), Hideaways (Octagon Films/Fidelite Films/Filmgate), Tomorrow When the War Began (Ambience Entertainment) and Rogue Trader (Granada Film Productions).

* Winner at the British Independent Film Festival, the Mexico International Film Festival and the Sydney Indie Film Festival

West End theatre coaching production credits include: Dirty Dancing (Playful Productions), The King’s Speech (Playful Productions) and Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Really Useful Group). Off-West End theatre coaching production credits include: Gabriel (Theatre6), The Autumn Garden and The Last Man (Jermyn Street Theatre), Happy New (Inside Intelligence at Trafalgar Studios), Tagore’s Women (Kali Theatre Company at Southwark Playhouse), Misery (Fairfield Halls), Holding the Man (Daniel Sparrow Productions at Trafalgar Studios), When the Rain Stops Falling (Almeida Theatre), Duchess of Malfi and Volpone (Greenwich Theatre), The Three Musketeers, The Tempest and Twelfth Night (Unicorn Theatre), The Changeling (English Touring Theatre), Missing (Theatre Centre) and Crusade (Theatre Royal Stratford East).

UK regional theatre coaching production credits include: Last of the Red Hot Lovers (The Mill at Sonning Theatre), Far from the Madding Crowd and Journey's End (The Watermill Theatre), Charlie Peace, Of Mice and Men and Burial at Thebes (Nottingham Playhouse), Season’s Greetings (Theatre Clwyd), Sugar Daddies (Oldham Coliseum), The Mother Ship (Birmingham Rep), Indian Ink and A Woman of No Importance (Salisbury Playhouse).

Commercial coaching credits include: Vonage, Dr Pepper, Mentos and Toshiba (Smith & Jones Films), Vodafone (Bold), Audi (Blink Productions), British Gas (Fresh Films) and Sony (Independent Films).

Accredited drama school teaching includes: RADA, LAMDA, The Central School of Speech and Drama, Drama Centre, Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre, Rose Bruford College, Drama Studio London and ALRA. Catherine is now a drama school performance assessor for CDET.