Chris is a voice teacher, vocal coach, pianist, and casting consultant.
He specialises in training both the spoken and sung voice. Clients include recording artists, music theatre performers, television and film actors. Students and former students are currently featured in musicals in the West End and touring the UK, on all the main stages in Australia, and throughout other regional theatres in Europe and the USA.
Chris coached The Word is God at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and The Haunting at the Athanaeum in Melbourne. His pianist/keyboard credits include Matilda (Australia), Kinky Boots (Australia), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Singapore, UK), Songs of Innocence and Experience (Cadogan Hall, London), Trobada Internacional de Cors d'Homes (Palau de la Musica, Barcelona) and The Dare (RDF Television) and as musical director, A…My Name is Alice (Young Vic, London), City of Angels (BGAC, London), They’re Playing Our Song (MC Showroom, Australia), Cinderella, Aladdin (Hertford Theatre, London). He was accompanist and coach for Far From Kansas at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008 and 2009 and for the LGMC on their concert at the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland. He was casting associate for David Grindrod on Andrew Lloyd Weber’s ITV program Search for a Superstar, and recently consulted on casting for the Australian premiere of Lazarus, the David Bowie musical.
From 2012-2015 Chris served as Head of Singing & Music at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London, one of Europe’s leading conservatoires for performing arts. He relocated to Melbourne, Australia to take up the coordination of singing and music for the Music Theatre department at the Victorian College of the Arts. In 2019 Chris stepped down to focus more exclusively on working with his professional clients, and to teach part-time as a spoken voice lecturer in the acting and theatre making programs at the VCA.
While in the UK Chris was on faculty as a spoken voice and singing teacher for the Guildford School of Acting. He has taught as guest faculty at The Royal Academy of Music (Vocal Workout), The Royal Scottish Conservatoire (Summer Program), Millennium Dance, De Acteerstudio (Netherlands), BK Vocal Studio (Slovenia), IdeasTap (UK), the International Student Drama Festival, Wild Voices (Canberra) and Ballarat Arts Academy.
Chris trained as a classical singer and pianist in his native Australia, as a music theatre performer in Singapore, and further studied voice pedagogy in the UK, gaining an Masters degree with Distinction in the Practice of Voice and Singing from the Guildford School of Acting. The MA was unique in its holistic practical study of interdisciplinary voice and singing pedagogies. He is currently researching a PhD in voice pedagogy at the University of Melbourne.