Natasha McNamara says: “I want to help people learn more effective ways of communicating – starting by assisting them in finding their true voice”.
Natasha McNamara is a vocal expert with over ten years experience as a voice coach. As a voice coach, Natasha has a versatile teaching style. She has been both a professional actor and voice teacher and thus has a unique understanding of the student experience and industry expectations. Her teachings cater to discovering the individual student’s unique voice and empowering them to use that voice. Her style incorporates elements of the teachings of vocal gurus Cicely Berry and Barbara Houseman and includes yoga and the principles of Arthur Lesic.
She is sought after as a teacher across a wide range of areas from vocal coaching on film and TV to a voice coach for corporate presentation and vocal studies for student actors.
Natasha‘s accent work on film and stage is one of her strengths – she specialises in Standard American, New York, Southern, English Received Pronunciation, Russian, Irish and accent modification.
Recent vocal coach work includes accent modification with the lead actresses Caitlin Stasey and Rachel Hurt Wood for acclaimed Australian feature Tomorrow When the War Began (director Stuart Bettie); Vocal Coach for the Bell Shakespeare Company production of Julius Caesar, (Sydney Opera House) and Accent Coach on The Brothers Size, a powerful play by Tarrell Alvin, directed by Imara Savage at Griffin – where she worked on a urban black accent which received brilliant reviews.
Natasha regularly teaches industry workshops on Standard American and English Received Pronunciation accents at Actor’s Equity.
Her passion for passing on her vocal knowledge extends to teaching student actors and over the past decade Natasha has been a regular full-time teacher at a number of the industry’s leading acting institutions including NIDA, Ensemble, Charles Sturt University, Actor’s Centre and Pulse.
Her corporate clients include .doctors, lawyers, CEOs , famous cricketers, models, voice over artists, politicians and actors. Companies she’s worked for include Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Qantas, Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, and The Art Gallery of NSW. She has delivered presentations for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the law firm Dibbs and Barker. She also teaches at the Voice Clinic presenting an 8 week one hour voice course to corporate clients. A further speciality is accent modification for non-native English speakers, working with people with Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, and other backgrounds to assist them in perfecting a better grasp of the English language and its pronunciation.
Natasha is particularly proud of her work with Augusto Boal, the Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician who founded of the Theatre Of The Oppressed. She worked with him in London with Adrian Jackson who runs Cardboard Citizens – a company where most of the performers are homeless or formerly homeless people.
Natasha happily travels around Australia and overseas for work.