You've come to the right place.
Have you ever crumbled under the pressure of public speaking?
Perhaps you're an actor who needs help 'cracking the character code'?
Maybe you hate the sound of your own voice, but need it to serve you professionally and personally?
Are you searching for a modern, quality speech and drama teacher for exam and eisteddfod preparation?
I can help you with that.
Performing shouldn't feel tricky, nor should it terrify you. Katrina believes that we are all capable of communicating with confidence and competence, and that the journey towards mastering this life skill is a simple and accessible one.
During Simply Speech sessions, you won't experience any 'old school' recitation styles, rehearsed gestures, or contrived communication. Katrina’s goal is to help strengthen skills to find your unique, natural voice, so you can use it to communicate with ease and comfort - no matter how big or small your communication goal may be.
Through communication coaching sesssions, you will find a greater sense of freedom, flexibility and finesse in your communication while honing skills which will serve you both professionally and personally.
BJ/BA, GC-VOICEST, GDTL (Secondary), ATCL, LDPA
Katrina holds a Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Arts (Drama and Writing) from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning (Secondary) from the University of Southern Queensland as well as a Graduate Certificate of Voice Studies from the Victorian College of the Arts. She also holds a Level 4 Diploma in Teaching - Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Speech and Drama, as well as Licentiate (LDPA) and Associate (ADPA) Diplomas in Drama and Performance from the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB). Katrina received Barbara Sisley awards for achieving the highest mark in QLD for both her AMEB Licentiate and Associate diplomas.
Her teaching history is extensive and diverse, having worked for many years as an acting and modelling coach at various national talent agencies while also teaching groups and individual speech and drama students at a number of Brisbane schools.
Katrina currently teaches over 60 individual students a week at All Hallows’ School in Brisbane in addition to working with individuals and teams as Simply Speech. Katrina served on the Management Committee of the Communication, Speech, and Performance Teachers (CSPT) Inc. for a number of years and was Co-Editor of the Association’s publication, The Quarterly Voice.
She is an accomplished public speaker, and an active member of her local Toastmasters International community. She serves as Vice-President of Education at Waterloo Bay Toastmasters Club, and Vice-President of Membership at Leading Edge Advanced Toastmasters Club. Katrina enjoys competing in local and international prepared, impromptu, humorous, and evaluation contests and she has received a number of awards and accolades for her performances on the competitive circuit. She regularly presents speeches and keynotes at conferences, and has been featured twice as a special guest on ABC Radio Brisbane to discuss debating and communication skills.
Katrina continues to enjoy performing on camera, regularly hosting and presenting content on screen for a variety of corporate and advertising clients. Recently, Katrina appeared as a cast member on the Adventure All Stars TV series which was broadcast nationally on the Seven Network – she participated as an RSPCA QLD ambassador. She is also a budding voiceover artist, lending her voice to a variety of corporate and commercial narrations.
Use your voice effectively and realise its full potential. Learn how to avoid or remediate vocal injury, access more volume or improve the quality of your speaking voice. Katrina has worked with voice users from all walks of life, including teachers, auctioneers, gym trainers, parents, and tour guides.
Whether preparing for an audition, working on a script, or looking to hone your skills, Katrina has successfully prepared many actors for stage and screen. Her extensive experience with a variety of popular acting models and systems ensures a flexible, individualised approach regardless of your training background.
As a highly experienced and award-winning public speaker, Katrina regularly assists speakers and presenters with writing quality speeches and preparing the final product. She'll ensure you feel confident to present, while keeping your audience engaged.
Specialising in AMEB speech and drama exam preparation as well as eisteddfod and performance work. Katrina works with students on speech and drama skills including effective reading and performance of prose, poetry, mime, storytelling, talks, and more.
Licentiate in Drama and Performance (Teacher) Australia (LDPA) of the Australian Music Examinations Board - AMEB
Level 4 Diploma in Teaching Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Speech and Drama
Graduate Certificate in Voice Studies - The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Journalism/Bachelor of Arts (Drama and Writing)
However, I can assist with most functional issues related to inefficient or inappropriate vocal use due to fatigue, constriction, muscular tension etc. pending an initial session to determine if I can assist you.
Word of Mouth
Don't take my word for it. Here's what past students have to say:
I felt like I had hit a wall with my acting. Katrina made everything seem so easy and simple because she didn't just 'show and tell' me what to do, she helped me work on my skills instead so I could apply these to any acting role which could come up in the future. I'm so grateful for her generosity.
Lucy Ferdinand - Acting Student
I highly recommend Simply Speech, Katrina is an amazing speaking coach. I sought her help with doing my first ever presentation for work and I had no previous experience at all with public speaking. Her help with formulating the presentation and then delivering it were invaluable and I absolutely could not have done it without her. Having had her coaching gave me the confidence to get up and speak and I actually enjoyed it and had fantastic feedback! It was such a positive experience. If you want to learn the skills to do public speaking then Katrina is the answer - she is fantastic.
Dr. Deborah Webb - Veterinarian
My daughter has been taking speech and drama lessons with Katrina for over five years and it is the absolute highlight of the week for her. She has won a number of awards in local eisteddfods and has always achieved an A+ (High Distinction) on her AMEB Speech and Drama exams. Her confidence has skyrocketed and she can't wait to show us what she's learned in lessons once she comes home.