jacquie crago, acting coach

1968 – 1975  Voice and Speech lecturer at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.
1975 – 1996  Free lance Voice and Dialect coach, professional actor and director.
1996 – 1997  Voice coordinator, Birmingham School of Acting.
1997 –  2003  Head of Voice, Oxford School of Drama.
2004 – 2005  One year, full time contract with the Voice and Text department at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
2005 – On-going freelance Voice and acting workshops/classes for London International school of Performing Arts , RSC, InterAct (Northern Touring Theatre), Bristol and Gloucester Universities, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, RSAMD. One to one text and dialect coaching for RSC and Headlong and other leading theatre companies. Master classes (incl. New College, Oxford) workshops, courses and individual coaching for opera and musical theatre performers.  

My passions as Voice Coach, Actor and Director are text and how to achieve detailed and truthful communication through connection with that text. Over many years of working with actors and musical theatre and opera singers I have become aware that performances frequently suffer from physical 'tightness' and inflexibility - often, with singers, the result of an undue concern about 'hitting the right note'. Of course, musical accuracy is an essential part of the job but it cannot be the only point of focus if the story is to be told in full - on the concert platform as well as in a full blown production. My work helps performers to discover and internalise the emotional details of text, to connect those discoveries with the structure of the music and to communicate the performance freely through the released physical action of the voice. When word and music are fully realised through the performer then there is inspiration. 

The physical release work is also a great help when grappling with performance nerves!