Skills

 
Languages: French, Hindi, basic German.
Helen has a degree in French and has spent time living and working in France.
She learnt Hindi firstly as a teenager through Indian friends and a passion for Hindi films, and later built on her knowledge of the language during the two years she spent living in India.
She studied German throughout high school and has taken short courses in several other languages. She has a keen interest in languages and is able to learn the basics of a new language very quickly.

Improv: Second City Training Centre, Toronto.
Helen was accepted into the 'Improv for Actors' course at Second City, completing levels I and II. She went on to complete level D of the mainstream improv training and had the chance to perform in several shows.

Accents:  British R.P., New Zealand, Australian, General American, Irish.  
Helen takes accent classes when possible to practice her dialect skills and build upon her repertoire.

Teaching: English as a Second Language (CELTA) and Communication Training
Helen has 'real world' teaching experience and has taught in schools and institutions in England, France and Japan among others teaching students from kindergarteners to adults. Before attending theatre school she worked as a communications trainer at Microsoft in India.

Croupier: Roulette, Black Jack and Three Card Poker.
Helen is a licensed croupier. She spent a year working as a dealer in one of London's oldest casinos and has also dealt for the CNE casino in Toronto and for party casino events.

Singing:  Alto, Mezzo-Soprano
Helen has sung in performance both solo, and as part of a group.

Dance:  Bharata-Natyam (Indian classical dance), Indian contemporary dance, basic ballet, jazz and period dance.
Helen learned Bharata-Natyam for 6 years from her mid-teens to early-twenties. She performed as part of a troupe and solo, and participated in professional performances and has also participated in 'Bollywood-style' dances at various Indian functions. She was instructed in basic ballet, jazz and period dance while at theatre school.  

Stage Combat:  Level 1 BADC Certificate
Gained while studying at the The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Helen enjoys keeping her skills up to date, as well as gaining new ones, through classes at the Actor's Centre and other institutions.

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