Stephen’s acting career has spanned more than thirty years and along with theatre, film and television has included a huge amount of voice-over work. In 2006 he graduated with distinction from the MA Voice Studies programme at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Text and voice coaching has subsequently become a significant part of his life, working in theatre, actor training and with individuals from all walks of life. In 2011 he became a designated Linklater voice teacher. He has a particular interest in voice for microphone and has helped develop voice-over training in several drama schools. He co-authored The VoiceOver Book: Don’t Eat Toast, published in 2014 by Oberon Books.
Stephen has worked predominantly for The Royal Shakespeare Company and in addition to the classical repertoire he has coached many productions of new writing. These include works by Rona Munro, Marina Carr, Helen Edmondson, Hilary Mantel/Mike Poulton and David Greig’s Dunsinane that went on to have national and international tours for The National Theatre of Scotland. Most recently he worked on Anders Lustgarten’s The Seven Acts of Mercy and Snow in Midsummer by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. Other work for the company includes Wolf Hall/Bring Up the Bodies, Love for Love, A Mad World My Masters, Queen Ann and The White Devil.
As Associate Voice Practitioner at Birmingham Rep his recent work includes David Harrower’s version of The Government Inspector, What Shadows by Chris Hannan, Wojzeck by Leo Butler and Rebus by Rona Munro from the original by Ian Rankin.