Gregory de Polnay
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Gregory de PolnayBorn: Sunday 17th October 1943 (age: 80)
Gregory de Polnay has been an actor, director and voice teacher for nearly forty years, working in all aspects of the theatre with several West End credits to his name and appearing with the RSC in his own production of You Can't Shut Out The Human Voice with the late Dame Peggy Ashcroft and Sir Ben Kingsley. He also has over 100 TV appearances and 350 radio broadcasts to his name.
Due to an accident sustained while playing Malvolio in Twelfth Night at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, USA in 1987, Gregory retrained as a voice specialist at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he gained the Advanced Diploma in Voice Studies and later on an MA at King's College, London in Text and Performance Studies. Whilst being Head of Voice at the Drama Centre, London and at LAMDA, he has been a prominent member of staff at several major drama schools and has lectured on 'Language and Style' in the USA, Canada and South Africa.
During the past decade, Gregory has directed twenty-one Jacobean and Restoration plays for RADA. He was drama advisor for the BBC World Service Classical Drama Series and has adapted several plays for the BBC World Service. When not directing, Gregory works for several organisations in the field of public speaking and communication skills. He coaches several top TV and sports presenters. Gregory also works extensively for RADA in Business providing communication and presentation skills training for a wide variety of business organisations. He has recently been appointed Director of the RADA Shakespeare Certificate Scheme.
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