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Barbara Houseman

Associate Director (Voice and Text)

Barbara Houseman has worked in theatre for over thirty five years both as a voice, text and acting coach and a director. She trained as a voice teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama and as a director at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Previously for ENO: The Turn of the Screw

Career Highlights

She has been Voice and Text Coach at Regent’s Park since 2009 and Season Associate Director there since 2014. She has worked on numerous shows in the West End including Macbeth, Richard iii  and Dr Faustus for the Jamie Lloyd company; Trelawney of the Wells, the All Female Trilogy, Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangerous and St Joan for the Donmar; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time and The Ferryman at the Gielgud. She is the author of Finding Your Voice and Tackling Text [and Subtext] both published by Nick Hern Books and Artistic Director of Dangerous Spaces Theatre Company.

Voice and text coach credits include: Strictly Ballroom (Piccadilly); The Ferryman (Gielgud)Curious; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Old Vic; The Incident of the Dog in the Night (Gielgud/Tour); St Joan, All Female Trilogy, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Coriolanus, Trelawny of the Wells, (Donmar); Kenneth Branagh Season (Garrick); Dr Faustus (Duke of York’s); Richard III, Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios); PeterPan, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Pride and Prejudice, A Winter’s Tale, The Sound of Music, Pericles, The Beggar’s Opera, Lord of the Flies, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, The Crucible, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing (Regent’s Park); Sweet Bird of Youth, The Duchess of Malfi, The Playboy of the Western World, Design for Living (Old Vic), The Ladykillers (Gielgud), Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall), The Government Inspector (Young Vic), All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare’s Globe).

Associate Director (Voice and Text) credits includes: On the Town, Tale of Two Cities, Oliver, Running Wild, Henry V, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pride and Prejudice, All My Son’s, Hobson’s Choice, Twelfth Night, Porgy and Bess, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime (Regent’s Park), Romeo and Juliet (Naples Festival), The Comedy of Errors, More Grimm Tales (Young Vic).

Last updated: 6th December 2023