The Breath and Voice For Actors With Ryan O'Shea

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In the 10th episode of The Modern Actor podcast I sit down with accomplished Voice and Speech Coach and Founder of Speaking Of… podcast, Ryan O’Shea.

She received her MFA in Acting from Florida Atlantic University, and has extensive training in Fitzmaurice Voicework, Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Alexander Technique, Meisner Method, Michael Chekhov Technique, and other methodologies of voice, movement, and acting.

Voice work helps you connect to your humanity and therefore the humanity of the character
— Ryan O'Shea

Ryan has utilized her training to become a sought out coach in Los Angeles. She is the former Head of Voice and Speech at Studio School Los Angeles. Since 2015, she has assisted Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, Saul Kotzubei, in his LA voice workshops for performers. Ryan has taught in Dublin, Ireland for the Fourth International Freedom & Focus Conference, and as a guest artist at Crash Acting, Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop and UCLA, just to name a few.

Ryan also coaches privately and specializes in a variety of areas around an actor’s voice and breath.

I first heard about Ryan while I was playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and was seeking help with maintaining my breath on stage through those long monologues. Ryan’s coaching helped me immensely and her techniques were simple yet so effective!

In this Interview You Will Learn:

  • How important the voice and breath is for an actor.

  • All about the diaphragm and its function in the body

  • How to properly “speak” from your diaphragm.

  • How on-set actors tend to use “vocal-fry” and when it can be useful or not.

  • The difference between the voice and breath on stage vs. film.

  • The 5-10 minute warmup that will invigorate your performances and auditions.

  • & so much more!

Connect with Ryan O’Shea at

Check out my Episode on Ryan’s podcast, Speaking of…Conversations on Voice, Speech, and Identity.

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