Training & Coaching

Are You a Professional or AN Executive?

Whether you're interested in gaining more confidence when interacting with clients or patients or you’re a non-native speaker of English interested in improving your skills of intelligibility, Andrea has clear and practical tools for you. 

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Are You aN ACTOR OR PERFORMER?

Andrea offers private and group coaching in voice work, connecting to text, speech & accent work, and solo performance development.

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ARE you or is a loved one living with ALS?

Andrea helps people living with ALS prolong the ability to speak without the use of assistive technology for as long as possible.

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Andrea's Story

Hi, thanks for visiting. I’m a solo artist, teacher, and researcher. I’m interested in helping actors and other professionals gain more vocal freedom, accent choices and public speaking skills. I’m interested in helping people with ALS prolong the ability to speak without the use of assistive technology for as long as possible. I’m interested in crystallizing my experiences/research into scholarly and layperson reflections. And I’m interested in performing! 

I’ve won some awards, I’ve traveled around the world speaking and performing, I run a very enlightened speechwork organization (Knight-Thompson Speechwork), and I’m head of Voice and Speech at CSU Long Beach. You can read my professional history page for the details. But my real skill is in listening and speaking to the person or persons in front of me. 

If that’s one person, lovely, let’s figure out together what’s right for you. If that’s a theatre audience on the dark side of the room who has come to see me perform one of my solo plays, I’m honored to share my story with you. And if that’s a conference room full of executives interested in a new way of communicating, I’m thrilled to impart the skills of clear, conscious and present public speaking technique.

I live in Southern California and on days I’m not working, I’m hiking with my husband or reading in my backyard with my dog Sophie afoot.