Staff Profile: Simon Stollery
Lecturer in Acting (Voice/Speech)
Simon is a graduate of the UWS Nepean (Theatre Nepean) and NIDA Voice Studies and has been a vocational trainer of actors, specialising in Voice since 1995. He has held positions at the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art (AADA), the National Academy of Singing & Dramatic Art NZ (NASDA), the Actors’ College of Theatre & Television (ACTT) and NIDA. At NIDA Simon worked extensively on the Open Program from 2005, teaching on the yearlong Screen Actor course as well as devising and delivering intensives in Voice (including Voice Power, Quick Thinking - Persuasive Speaking and the Presenter’s Voice) and Accent & Dialects. Simon also taught Spoken Voice and Accents & Dialects on NIDA’s Diploma of Music Theatre from 2005 to 2008. Simon enjoyed a long association with ACTT, beginning in 2001 and culminating in his appointment as the Head of Voice in 2007.
In 2009, Simon relocated to Adelaide to commence his current position at Adelaide College of the Arts as the Lecturer for Voice and Speech. Simon also has extensive experience as a Voice & Dialect Coach, including his close relationship with the State Theatre Company of South Australia where he has coached on over 13 productions with the company, including Entertaining Mr. Sloane, The Zoo Story, Top Girls, The Glass Menagerie, Neighbourhood Watch and The Importance of Being Earnest. Recently Simon was the Dialect Coach for the Foxtel miniseries Deadline Gallipoli. (Actors he has coached include Jacki Weaver, Sean Taylor, Zoe Carides, Miriam Margolyes, Cameron Goodall, Amber McMahon, Nathan O’Keefe, Deidre Rubenstein, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Anna Torv, Rachel Griffiths and Nancye Hayes) Simon is currently working toward Certified Master Teacher status in the internationally recognised Estill model of Voice Training.
"Simon Stollery was my dialect coach in Neighbourhood Watch. A voice is a person, a dialect is a person; they cannot be separated.Simon understands this & understands the creative process. My character was Ana, an 80 year-old Hungarian immigrant. Without his encouragement & attention to detail, I could NEVER have achieved the success I did. I am delighted to report that I was nominated for a Best Performance in South Australia. I received thrilling notices & long to work with him again; I know the whole cast & our writer, Lally Katz & our director, Julian Meyrick, feel the same. I can never thank him enough."