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Speak the Speech

Harness the Power of the Spoken Word

Fully Booked

Friday 31st March

09:00 to 17:00

The Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Lower Abbey Street


The approach of this training is both technical and creative. It combines work on physical awareness and presence with practical exercises to extend the range, power and clarity of the voice.

The Abbey Theatre have been supporting and developing the very best in Irish acting talent for over a century. Their artistic team offers in-house training, workshops and one to one coaching for a range of groups including: professional actors, teachers, writers, etc, helping them realize their creative potential.

The Abbey in partnership with IAPI have created a training day around the power of the spoken word.

The approach of this training is both technical and creative. It combines work on physical awareness and presence with practical exercises to extend the range, power and clarity of the voice. We will be using some of the great speeches and soliloquies from Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney to stretch you physically, vocally and imaginatively.You will be given the tools to lift the words off the page and breathe life into them, to connect to your audience with confidence and ease.

This course is aimed at agency staff who want to extend the potential of their speaking voice and improve the quality of their presentations to clients.

Areas of work and learning outcomes

  • Improving the quality of your speaking voice
  • Finding more colour and clarity in your voice
  • Confidence building
  • Personal Impact
  • Understanding how to connect to your audience
  • Active listening and using silence
  • Exploring the score of a speech
  • Using language and imagery
  • Storytelling

Testimonials fromIAPImembers who didthecourse over the last two years

It was a great day and the methodology was brilliant. The presenting itself was challenging, especially being on stage. Watching and learning from others was also of great use.Itwas well organised and the venue was a real treat. Andrea was fantastic and her energy was something else!- Ellen McCarthy, Client Associate, Starcom

I really enjoyed the day overall. The one on one sessions in the afternoon were extremely beneficial. Everyone in the group wanted different things from the day e.g controlling nerves, focus, engaging with your audience - I felt everyone came away feeling more confident. I would highly recommend it. -Susan Nelis, Account Manager, Rothco

Andrea Ainsworth is an expert in her field of speech and the spoken word. Absolutely everyone will learn something from Andrea; from the most nervous to the most polished presenter. Andrea has a lovely style and puts everyone at ease, is inclusive and empathetic, imparting her wisdom with a light touch. Highly recommend. -Ronan Traynor, Managing Director, Verve


Andrea Ainsworthis one of the foremost voice specialists in Ireland. She has been the Voice Director of the Abbey Theatre since 1995, working closely with both Irish and International directors on all Abbey and Peacock theatre productions including premieres of plays by: Seamus Heaney, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuiness, Marina Carr, Conor McPherson and Tom Kilroy. She taught voice, text, accent and scene study in drama schools in London and at the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin from 1995 until 2008.

She has worked with most of the independent theatre companies in Ireland and also coach’s presenters, lecturers and business clients. At the Abbey she offers classes and bespoke voice workshops for a variety of groups including: actors, teachers, writers, lecturers, members of the public, local drama groups and large corporate organisations. She has designed and delivered ‘Shakespeare for Teachers’ workshops both locally and nationally.

Please note all bookings are non-refundable.

Contact IAPI

12 Clanwilliam Square, Grand Canal Quay,
Dublin 2, D02 CD51, Ireland.
T: 01 676 5991

Hours are 9am - 1pm and 2pm till 5:30pm (Mon - Thurs) and 5pm (Friday)