Sarah Kane

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I am a Senior Lecturer for Voice and Speech, who started to take speech classes as a child, entering competitions and exams up to the age of 14. Instead of going to drama school when I left school, I entered the academic world and planned to become a teacher. Then I decided to study speech in preparation for teaching, and instead of completing only one year, as I had intended, I enjoyed the course so much that I finished the entire programme and entered adult education as a speech teacher.

I then taught for some years at an independent college in Sussex and from there began working internationally as a freelancer, incorporating my speech work into Michael Chekhov’s acting technique. This work, the interface between movement and speaking for actors and performers, has taken me all over the world, from China to the West coast of the USA over the last few decades. I have worked with professional actors, actors in training, teachers and in teacher training courses.

Performing Arts International - speech - drama - Forest Row (performingartsintl.org) 

Professional memberships and activities

Member, Equity

Member, Section for the Performing Arts, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Academic qualifications

Diploma in Creative Speech, London School of Speech, a four-year full-time training in the Art of Speech

B.A. (Hons) German Language and Literature, University of Sussex

Expertise

Voice and Speech for actors

Voice and Speech for storytellers

Voice and Speech for poets

Voice and speech for teachers

Michael Chekhov Acting technique

Spatial Dynamics

Teaching

Undergraduate

Speech for all levels in as many performance modules as possible

Postgraduate

Michael Chekhov acting technique; Creative Speech for actors

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020