Jamie Read PGCERT EMT MISM – Director of Voice Faculty
Jamie Read is a leading voice specialist and has been teaching for almost 20 years. He is an Estill Master Trainer (EMT) and Post Graduate voice researcher, and as well as being one of the Founding Directors of READ College he also runs a busy private singing and voice practice in London working with leading West End performers, TV celebrities and recording artists. He trained originally as a Musical Theatre performer at Sylvia Young Theatre School, then furthered his vocal training under Craig Barbour RSAMD (principal singing teacher at RADA), and has worked extensively as an actor, singer, dancer and choreographer.
As a further education teacher in voice, he has worked all over the UK including at The Henley College, Thames Valley University, Reading College of Arts & Design, and as a Guest Teacher for Liverpool Theatre School and College, Charlotte Shorthouse at Urdang Academy, Matthew Reeve at Mountview Academy, Anne Marie Speed & Associates at the Royal Academy of Music and as a guest specialist for Voice Workshop UK presenting teacher training for Belt technique. Jamie was an associate of Reeve & Møller Professional Voice Consultancy having trained on their Estill EMT Pathway, and undertook Post Graduate research into Vocal Pedagogy (specialising in Musical Theatre) through Voice Workshop UK & Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Theatre credits include Entertaining Strangers (National Theatre); Marvin’s Room (Hampstead Theatre and West End); Spirit of The Dance (USA and European tours); Hard Times The Musical (Original workshop, Windsor Theatre Royal, and West End); Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK national tour and West End); The Emperor & The Nightingale (MAC Birmingham); Femme Fatale (Warehouse Theatre Croydon); Salad Days (50th Anniversary UK tour); The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); The Great West Road (Watermill Theatre, Newbury). Film and TV includes Born and Bred (BBC); D-Day 6-6-44 (BBC/Dangerous Films) plus many commercials and several appearances on children’s TV for both the BBC and ITV. He has co-written two shows for the Edinburgh Festival – The Ballad of Reading Gaol and Miss Sign-On; The Untold Story of a Diva on the Dole, the cast recording of which is available from Dress Circle and also online to download. He also appears on several recordings including Hard Times The Musical; The Ballad of Reading Gaol; and A Tribute to Cameron Mackintosh, and to date has choreographed dozens of shows including 5 seasons for the Warehouse Theatre Croydon.
Jamie is still a regular guest tap dance teacher with ATD and Tap Attack, and has taught for several years at the UK Tap Festival. He was a reviewer for BargainTheatreLand.com and is an occasional guest literature reviewer for the British Voice Association journal.