The Coaches


The Big Gob Squad combines 50 years of experience, insight, top tips and essential tools needed to work with any accent or voice issue.  The team, comprising Edda Sharpe, Jan Haydn Rowles and Richard Ryder, bring you a user friendly, straight forward and easy to navigate app.  Find out more here.

Edda, Jan and Richard are on the call sheets for HBO, Sky and Warner Bros. on the rehearsal schedules for the Royal National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare’s Globe, and in the address books of leading theatre producers and directors.  Their highly skilled yet invisible work, can be heard across the creative industries, from Hollywood to Halifax, London to Lisbon, Darwin to Derby and Tokyo to Tinseltown!  Simply, you couldn’t be in better hands.

Edda and Jan co-authored the highly successful books How to do Accents and How to do Standard English Accents.  Both have enjoyed great success and are available to buy on Amazon.  Find out more here.

About Edda 

eddaAs well as looking after a busy independent client list, Edda is visiting Dialect Coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Head of Voice at the Shaw Festival Theatre in Canada where she has coached accents on over 100 productions. She is also a senior Voice and Communications Coach in the public and private sector.  As a coach, teacher and trainer Edda strives to liberate, educate and inspire each individual to unlock their personal talent and develop their unique potential. Edda is also an accredited NLP Master Practitioner.

For more information about Edda, how to work with her; and to see some of the actors, directors and theatre companies she has worked with visit her website Edda Sharpe.

About Jan 

janJan has been working across the creative industries at the highest professional level as a dialogue and dialect coach for the past 23 years.  As Head of Voice at Shakepeare’s Globe (2007-10), Jan coached over 20 plays and worked with more than 200 actors’ voices.  You may well have seen and heard her work at the RSC, The Almeida, The Donmar, The Royal Court, on film in Hummingbird, Game of Thrones, Breathless, and the award winning dramas Mrs Biggs and Parade’s End.

For more information about Jan, how to work with her; and to see some of the actors, directors and theatre companies she has worked with visit her website Jan Hadyn Rowles.

About Richard

richardRichard has been training the professional voice user for over 10 years.  Drawing on previous work as an actor, NLP accreditation and over 10,000 hours of accent and voice coaching, Richard aims to inspire, empower and encourage personal and professional development.  He works in the voice departments of both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, London, and is the go-to coach for West End producers, working on shows such Kinky Boots and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.

For more information on Richard visit his website Richard Ryder Voice.

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