Andrew Wade was Head of Voice at the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 – 2003.
He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987 as Assistant Voice Director to Cicely Berry. He co-directed and devised with Cicely Berry Journey’s, Words, Words, Words, More Words and Lifespan – winning a Bronze Medal at the International Radio Festival in New York in 2000.
He has a particular interest in exploring language practically, which he fulfills by working with youngsters, students, teachers and academics. Andrew has traveled widely, lecturing, teaching, coaching, and working with acting companies and leading Master Classes around the world. Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Singapore, Switzerland and extensively in the United States of America.
He has published several articles on his work. In conjunction with Cicely Berry, they have recorded Working Shakespeare, a series on voice and text work with Helen Hunt, Samuel L Jackson, Toby Stevens, Clare Danes, Blythe Danner, Emily Watson and introduced by Jeremy Irons. He is currently working with Source Books on Shakespeare Experience, editions of Shakespearean recordings, plus audio excerpts with contemporary actors, currently As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet. Andrew trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama from 1973-1976. He has worked in many different drama schools including Mountview Theatre School, the Rose Bruford College, the Arts Educational School and was Head of Voice at East 15.
Andrew was Verse Consultant on the film Shakespeare in Love. He also coached Courtney Love for the role of Lady Macbeth, which is currently in the making.
Andrew returned to the US recently from Toronto where he was working on the new musical Lord of the Rings. He has taught with the Guthrie Experience for several years and has been the vocal coach on many Guthrie productions. He will join the company this year to work with the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.