About Dianne Eden, OAM
Head of Voice and Acting at QUT for 23 years Dianne has nurtured two generations of QUT actors.
She has been recognised for her extraordinary commitment, with an Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dianne is Australia’s first Designated Linklater voice teacher and works regularly at Shakespeare & Company, Massachusetts. Her post graduate work included voice, acting and text studies with Fran Bennett and Robert Benedetti (California Institute of Arts), Mel Shapiro (University of California and Los Angeles) Patsy Rodenburg (at Guild Hall, and National Theatre, London); and Cicely Berry (Royal Shakespeare Company).
She is currently a voice/speech consultant for corporate clients who are interested in increasing their impact in the workplace, actor auditions and any client who wishes to improve general voice and communication skills.
Why a good speaking voice will get you ahead
Voice Privilege. In almost any domain – corporate, electoral, theatrical, romantic – those with good timbre and pitch are at a monstrous advantage.
- There is an unconscious voice bias operating in our world.
- In meetings, I see perceptive mumblers lose out to sonorous mediocrities.
- Those of us with a squeak or a murmur, go through life hamstrung.
( Financial Review, February 2023.)
What voice quality is rewarded most?
A. It isn’t about accent, or choice of words or the arrangement of them, it is what is called “eloquence”. I mean the noise the body makes. Deep and textured is a voice quality that surrounds the speaker with gravitas.
That quality is not defined by gender – it is acquired by a commitment to training one’s instrument to achieve best rewards.