Who am I?
I initially trained as an actor on the Three Year course at The Oxford School of Drama where I began my journey into discovering the mechanics and mysteries of voice with the rigorous Linklater Method. After graduating I co-founded theatre company 6FootStories with fellow graduate Nigel Munson and worked professionally as an actor ever since.
But my appreciation for and love of voice never went away and so after a few years of being in the industry I embarked on the prestigious MA Voice Studies course at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. It was the best thing I ever did. Since graduating I have gone on to teach at a number of leading drama schools as well as coach private clients, businesses and groups and offer voice support on professional productions.
Voice Specialist at Rose Bruford
(2019 – Present)
I teach voice on the BA (Hons) European Theatre Arts course covering practical voice, vocal anatomy/health, text, and some accent work. I also supervise the third year practical dissertations.
Voice Tutor at The Courtyard Theatre
(2023 – Present)
Voice Coach / Production Support on theatre productions including:
Money Heist The Experience (Bearded Kitten / Netflix, London)
Bottom (Soho Theatre)
The Unicorn (Pleasance Theatre)
Sea Things, No Particular Order and Circle Game (Southwark Playhouse)
39 and Counting (Park Theatre)
The Hairy Ape (Rose Theatre)
Acting Tutor at The Oxford School of Drama
(2018 – 2022)
I worked with the incoming students on both the Three Year and One Year Courses, teaching Heightened Language and Self Poetry, as well as Shakespeare and Devising on the Foundation Course.
Voice Coach at Dank Parish/Boomtown
(2016 – 2020)
Immersive theatre has become a prevalent artform in recent years. I am very proud to have seen and been a part of its installation and evolution at music festivals since 2012, and even more proud to have made it the subject of my research whilst writing my Masters dissertation: To what extent does voice work apply in the field of immersive theatre at music festivals, and how can the voice practitioner help in preventing and alleviating vocal loss in this setting? I look after the voices of the immersive theatre performers at the festival, advising on vocal health and delivering workshops and warm ups.
Jake Hassam MA
Voice Coach, Voice Director and Artist
- Practical Voice
- Vocal Health First Aider
- Accent “Softening”
- Accents / Dialects
- Public Speaking
- Presentation Skills