Programme Leader, Diploma in Performance
- MA (Arts Pedagogy and Practice), Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
- BA Honours (Theatre) University of Surrey, UK
Matthew Grey is an actor, voice expert and performance educator. Matthew’s acting career started in British television over 30 years ago. In the mid 1980s, he trained at the Guildford School of Acting and Dance in the UK and has since worked as an actor in the UK, Australia and Singapore.
In 2000, he acquired a teaching licentiate with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and began to specialise in teaching voice and speech for actors. He has extensive experience with training Asian and Western actors and acting students as well as many established local actors.
Matthew has over 10 years of experience in managing Performing Arts programmes and is dedicated to enabling enthusiastic students to explore their curiosity about the world, themselves and humanity through the medium of performance.
He has established a fully comprehensive voice-training programme, drawing upon a range of established disciplines, which supports his own understanding and development of voice and speech training. He combines detailed theoretical knowledge of vocal anatomy and its behaviour with a useful exploration into the following: relationships between actors’ vocal choices as they affect meaning; how our bodies respond to circumstances and how these changes affect the sounds we make; and how character and intentions influence sounds and therefore contribute to meaning. He believes that solid technique needs to underpin imaginative exploration.
- The Estill Voice Model as a Tool for Vocal Character Design, published on ResearchGate (2017).
- Best Actor Award, 13th Straits Times Life Theatre Awards, Singapore (2013).
Research and Practice
- MA Research into Voice and Character, Goldsmiths/LASALLE College of the Arts (2017).
- Clive Cunningham in Dragonflies, Pangdemonium Theatre; Singapore (March 2018).
- Peter Timms in Chinglish, Pangdemonium Theatre; Singapore (November 2015).
- Royce in Two Houses, Lim Yu Beng/Tan Kheng Hua; Singapore (August 2014).
- Salarino in The Merchant of Venice, Bruce Guthrie with Singapore Repertory Theatre, Singapore (May 2014).
- Robert in Proof, NAFA Theatre; Singapore (May 2014).
- Danforth in The Crucible, Toy Factory Productions; Singapore (February 2013).
- Larry in Company, Dream Academy Productions; Singapore (November 2012).
- Freud in Freud’s Last Session, Sam Scott-Blackhall/Blank Space; Singapore (April 2012).
Current Research and Practice
- Regular commercial voiceover work for radio and television.
- Regular theatre acting.
- Developing voices and speech for Singapore theatre.
- Relationship between thought and annunciation.
- Influence of diaphragmatic breathing upon imagination.
- Centralisation of the larynx as the primary organ of vocal placement.
- Heightened text as convincing conversation.