Clare Davidson MFA is an acting coach, voice coach and theatre director with a worldwide reputation. She has worked with, and trained, many stars including Sting, Orlando Bloom ,Diana Rigg, Mark Rylance, Dudley Moore and Pierce Brosnan, directed in London’s West End and off-Broadway, and held academic positions in colleges and universities in America and the United Kingdom.

NEXT IN LONDON

Observing the latest government guidelines on Covid-19 Clare will run the Masterclass with social distancing if required and masks if preferred.

Clare has devised a set of vocal and physical exercises that are not hindered by such restrictions.

There will be an addition of “mask work”, which will develop people’s physical awareness through their ability to consolidate a character and clear objective while wearing a mask.

Scene work will be as usual with an option for scenes to be chosen that accommodate social distancing and will benefit from a strong vocal tone. All exciting exploration!

10 SESSIONS ACTING MASTERCLASS, JAN 2022

An intensive course covering essential elements of an actor’s training. Text, scene work and improvisation are explored, along with physical and vocal exercises which develop the body and voice, enabling increased emotional and creative freedom. This consolidates an actor’s technique and increases confidence.

Suitable for all levels, from beginners to established professionals.

Next 10 session course is at Only Connect, 32 Cubit Street, London WC1X0LR.

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Classes run from January 24 to March 28, Monday’s 6.30pm to 10pm.

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ONLINE COACHING

One or two hour online sessions available with one or two people on Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp.

Monologues, scenes, self tapes and presentations can be rehearsed and critiqued together with vocal and physical exercises given and used to aid performance.

Voice warm-ups increase vocal range and clarity of diction which enable greater flexibility with text and emotional freedom flourishes with diaphragm and body work.

Request an online session with Clare

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SHOWREELS

Clare Davidson – Showreels

BESPOKE SHOWREEL SCENES

Showreel scenes tailored for the experienced professional as well as those fresh to the screen.

In collaboration with Film Director Will Thomas Freeman.

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Working on a Scene

NEXT FROM PINEWOOD STUDIOS

Clare Davidson on set

SCREEN ACTING ESSENTIALS

An intensive five day acting programme from the world-famous Pinewood Studios.

Feel revitalised and confident as you improve your acting skills, with a focus on the body, voice, mind and improvisation skills, before we bring it all together with filmed scenes and a play-back critique session.

VOICE COACHING

Clare studied voice at LAMDA alongside Kristin Linklater and was taught by Iris Warren.

Over the years she has developed her own approach, through carefully chosen exercises, to compliment Iris’s fundamental beliefs for the development of a free vocal tone. Clare has used her vocal experience throughout her work with actors and business executives, and it has been a major contribution to her success with clients globally.

ACTING COACHING

To assist actors with their development of a role Clare draws upon her extensive experience as a theatre director, and a vocal and acting coach on movies. She offers script analysis, assistance with self-taping, auditions, dialects, voice-overs and show reels, and has developed a series of exercises which will ensure a strong emotional connection with free sound.

TESTIMONIALS

“She was an indispensible help to me.”

Sting

“Outstanding and unique in her field.”

Dudley Moore

“Her tact, knowledge and calmness in work was extraordinary.”

Dirk Bogarde

“Having known Clare Davidson for nearly 30 years I highly recommend her.”

Stephen Rea

“Clare’s experience is vast. She has coached me extensively and it is to her I owe much of my success.”

Jayne Brook

“She has always shown teaching of the highest calibre, and is now internationally acclaimed as a vocal and acting coach. We consider her unique in her field.”

Anthony Branch, Director Emeritus, British American Drama Academy (BADA), London, UK

“Recognising her outstanding communication skills she has earned a worldwide reputation as an acting and vocal coach and as such is unique in her field.”

Roger Croucher, ex-Principal LAMDA, London, UK

“Clare Davidson has organised and run many successful acting workshops at the Actor’s Centre in London.”

Paula Jacobs, ex-Director, The Actor's Centre, London, UK

“Her work as both director and teacher is held in high esteem by collegues and theatre practicioners in the UK, and her productions regularly receive critical acclaim.”

Suzan Dormer, on behalf of The Directors Guild of Great Britain, UK

“Her extraordinary abilities in her field, both for motion picture and the stage, place her among the top coaches in the western world.”

Douglas Seelig, Associate Producer and Editor, New Line Productions Inc, California, USA

“The result that she achieves with actors is truly remarkable. She has an extraordinary ability to help them express enormous intensity of feeling while they also achieve full believability in their acting… She also has an excellent command of Shakespearean text.”

Mary Corrigan, Professor of Theatre, University of California, San Diego, USA

Davidson has been my colleague at Oxford in the British American Academy Program and is a superb teacher; intuitive and articulate who brings great skill and compassion to her work.”

Michael Kahn, Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre, Washington DC

“Her teaching of acting and of vocal production is based in a comprehensive understanding of the connection between the imagination and the physical expression in the actor’s creative process. This is a rare quality in an acting teacher.”

Earl R. Gister, Associate Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut

“Clare is one of the bravest directors I’ve worked with. She is ever bold in rehearsals and encourages her actors to be bold as well. She has a wonderful way of drawing out the best from her cast by making them active participants in the creation of the piece. Some of my best and most fulfilling work as an actor has come under her direction. She holds a place of high esteem for me as both a director and mentor.”

Dan Flapper, Student College of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

“I have observed her work as a director in Norway and as a teacher in Santa Fe, New Mexico… bringing vision, experience and good humour to everything she does. She can enthuse both actors and students and is a terrific leader of teams. Her work around the world has given her a breadth of knowledge and experience that is rarely found.”

Luke Dixon, Director International Workshops Festival, London
“Working with Clare is both delightful and empowering. She goes way beyond just using techniques and quickly identified how I could unlock greater creativity and choices.”
Stephen Ashmore-Blakely

Sting, Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Dudley Moore, Liam Neeson, Stacey Keach, Brian Cox, Patricia Hodge, Lulu, Maureen Lipman, Jennifer Beals, Jim Broadbent (Academy Award 2002), Ian Charleson, Jennifer Ehle, Francesca Annis, Harriet Walter, Rachel Hunter, Louise Goffin, Jayne Brook, Sarah Miles, Eddie Kidd, Jodie May, Heather Mills, Orlando Bloom, David Austin, Jack Whitehall, Georgie Henley, Stephen Dorff, Kim Coates (Best Actor Dora Awards 2018).

“CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG”, directed by Ken Hughes, Dialect Coach for Heather Ripley and Simon Hall, who play Dick Van Dyke’s children.

“ACCIDENT”, directed by Joseph Losey. Acting and Dialect Coach for Jacqueline Sassard.

“BOOM”, directed by Joseph Losey. Worked with general cast (Pre-shoot).

“BRIMSTONE AND TREACLE”, directed by Richard Loncraine. Acting Coach for Sting.

“THE BRIDE”, directed by Frank Roddam. Acting Coach for Sting.

“WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT”, directed by Robert Zemeckis. Post-production work with Bob Hoskins.

“THE POWER OF ONE”, directed by John Avildsen. Acting Coach for Stephen Dorff, Simon Fenton and Guy Witcher, who play the three ages of PK.

 PLUS TV & FILM STUDIOS INCLUDING: BBC, Warner Brothers, MGM, New Regency, Paramount, Actor’s Studio Pinewood

MIXING NETWORKS, London

THE ACTORS CENTRE, London

THE FREEHOLD THEATRE COMPANY, London, with Nancy Meckler

THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, Covent Garden, London

SHARED EXPERIENCE THEATRE COMPANY, London, with Michael Alfreds

RIVERSIDE STUDIOS, London

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP FESTIVAL, London, with Luke Dixon

7:84 THEATRE COMPANY, England and Scotland, with John McGrath

FIELD DAY THEATRE COMPANY, Ireland, with Stephen Rea

KUMU KAHUA THEATRE, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, with Gene Schofner

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII on the Big Island, Maui, Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii.

“A NOISE WITHIN” CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY, Glendale, Los Angeles,with Art Manke

THE ACTOR’S GUILD, London

SANTA FE PLAYHOUSE, New Mexico

LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ART (LAMDA), London

WEBBER DOUGLAS, DRAMA SCHOOL, London

BRITISH AMERICAN DRAMA ACADEMY (BADA), London

THE CLARE DAVIDSON ACTING PROGRAM, London & Los Angeles

THE ATLANTIC THEATRE COMPANY’S ACTING SCHOOL (NYU), New York

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

THE MID-PACIFIC INSTITUTE, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

THE GRAY HILLS HIGH SCHOOL, Navajo Reservation, Tuba City, Arizona

THE COLLEGE OF SANTA FE, Santa Fe, New Mexico

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, Biever Guest Lecture Series, New Orleans, Louisiana

THE NEW ORLEANS CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS (NOCCA), New Orleans, Louisiana

THE FLYING SWAN ACTING PROGRAM, Wesleyan University, Connecticut

ROYAL CENTRAL SCHOOL OF SPEECH & DRAMA, London