Head of Research and Centre for Voice and Performance
School of Drama
Professor Ros Steen (MA (Hons), DSD, IPA, FRSAMD) leads the RSAMD’s Centre for Voice in Performance, the National Centre of Excellence for the teaching, practice and research of Voice in Performance, established to advance the School of Drama's outstanding national and international reputation in this field.
Trained at the RSAMD and the University of Glasgow, she spent many years studying with Nadine George (Voice Studio International), the Academy's first International Fellow in Voice and pioneered the use of her own voice work, rooted in George’s technique, as a medium of rehearsal in professional theatre.
She continues to study her work in professional performance contexts, currently undertaking practice-based research into the role of the voice work within the director’s creative process in conjunction with the National Theatre of Scotland and the Traverse Theatre.
She is an Associate Editor of the International Dialects of English Archive and regularly guest lectures in Europe, particularly for Athanor Akademie, Germany. She is in regular demand as a voice consultant for Theatre, Film and TV throughout the country.
Publications include: Helena, Hitler and the Heartland and Seein Oursels As Ithers See Us for VASTA, USA, Teaching Voice in the New Millennium, a keynote address for ICV, Co-Direction: How Creativity is Translated Educationally In a Moment of Rehearsal with Joyce Deans for ELIA, Double-hinged Doors: the RSAMD's voice work in Training and Theatre with Bill Wright, and the forthcoming What We May Be: the integration of Lecoq movement and George voice work at the RSAMD with Joyce Deans. She was awarded Fellowship of the Academy in 2008.