JAKE HASSAM – VOICE COACH
Jake is an actor, voice practitioner, writer and director originally from Rochester, Kent, who now lives in Brixton.
He trained on the three year course at The Oxford School of Drama (OSD) from 2008-2011 where his interest and fascination with voice work really took hold. One of the voice tutors there suggested that he might go on to do the voice course at Central, but at that time he wanted to focus his energies on being an actor first and foremost.
After he graduated from OSD, Jake set up theatre company 6FootStories with fellow graduate Nigel Munson. Alongside this endeavour, he began to teach voice privately to clients ranging from the ages of 14 to 65, helping them primarily to use their voice with clarity and confidence by drawing on the techniques he had learned at Oxford.
After five years of teaching and feeling in the back of his mind that there was a great deal of knowledge about voice he may never have access to on his own, Jake knew that the suggestion his former voice tutor had made was a wise one, and he made the decision to embark on the MA in Voice Studies (MAVS) course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, from which he will graduate in the autumn of this year.
His approach to voice work stems primarily from Freeing the Natural Voice by Kristin Linklater, which he has been fully immersed in whilst at both Oxford and Central, but he draws a great deal of inspiration from the work and practices of Arthur Lessac, F.M. Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais, and Rudolf Laban to name but a few.
As a voice and theatre practitioner, he is particularly interested in the emergence and popularity of immersive theatre, within which 6FootStories plays a part, and how voice work can be implemented within that field in order to aid performers’ vocal health and clarity.
Alongside his private clientele, Jake has taught at Rose Bruford College, and is currently an Acting Tutor at The Oxford School of Drama, working alongside the school’s Principal George Peck.