The Lir Academy Our Tutors

Our team of tutors are some of the leading voice experts in Ireland & UK. Their expertise, applied in small group settings is at the core of The Lir at Work's success

Cathal Quinn head of voice at The Lir Academy

Cathal Quinn

Head of Voice & Speech

The Lir Academy’s Head of Voice and speech and one of the most in demand voice coaches in the industry today. Cathal has a Masters in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama. He taught at Oxford School of Drama and was Head of Voice at the Gaiety School of Acting before coming to teach Voice and Dialect at The Lir. Cathal’s film credits include Albert Nobbs, Parked, Eden and The Escapist and his TV work includes Love/Hate, Kitchen and Omagh.

Cathal coached the American Premiere of The Home Place at the Guthrie Theater where he also taught Shaw, Wilde and Beckett.

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Sandra Miller

Sandra Miller has worked extensively as a communication skills consultant, trainer, coach and role-player for over twenty years. She trained at Manchester University (BA Hons in Drama) and at RADA. She has performed extensively in the West End and in repertory theatres throughout the UK.

Her specialisms include presentation skills, personal impact, assertiveness in meetings, influencing skills and storytelling. She also enjoys working on interview skills and facilitation skills training, as well as scrutiny training for local councils.

She works in the private, public and third sector and hugely values the variety of clients she has worked with – from the Cabinet Office, Treasury and other government departments, to the BBC and many local councils and academic institutions. She enjoys working with several blue chip companies including banks, law firms, financial services organisations and management consultancies.

Whist always maintaining the RADA philosophy and work ethos, her clients regard Sandra as being down-to-earth and as someone who brings a great sense of humour and warmth to learning.

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Carol Noakes

Carol Noakes is a highly qualified voice and speaker coach, working with clients to develop their executive presence, public speaking and personal impact on and off stage.

Carol has a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Language, and an MA in Voice studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before coaching became her passion, she was an actor in theatre, television, film and a presenter in the corporate environment.

She has taught voice, text and acting at leading drama schools in London and Manchester, and her voice work with young professional actors in TV and theatre includes productions for Channel 4, the BBC, Granada Television, Contact Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange.

In addition to her voice coaching credentials, she is accredited in Leading and Developing High Performance, Insights Discovery, NLP and mindfulness-based coaching, and combines these approaches to work with teams and leaders on positive influencing and resilience. She has a particular interest in building women’s ability to make their voices heard.

Clients include: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FCO Services, House of Commons, Cabinet Office, Treasury Department, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Santander, Deloitte, Lloyds, Amex, Barclays, Rolls Royce, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Orange, Virgin, Caterpillar, Guardian Newspaper, Financial Times, Twitter, Channel 4, Granada TV, UNICEF and Meningitis Trust.

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Lucinda Worlock

Lucinda Worlock is a versatile and dynamic voice and communication coach with ten years' experience training a diverse client base from a broad range of industries, including healthcare, media, public sector, civil service, politics, sports, financial services and consulting across the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.

As a trained actor, and with a MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, she is a specialist in transferring creative performance techniques to the business sector. Her focus is always on empowering participants through enhanced self-awareness for confident, flexible and authentic communication.

Lucinda has taught voice at many of London’s top drama schools, and is a voice teacher for the BFA and MFA Acting at Rutgers Conservatory with Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as part of the Globe Education faculty. She is an accent and dialect coach for stage and screen, and a trained Pilates instructor, devising an integrated system of Pilates and voice training for enhanced vocal power and physical awareness.

Her specialisms include accent and voice coaching, personal impact and presentation skills.

Lucinda’s clients include Capco, KPMG, Saracens Rugby Club, St. John’s Hospice, St. Tropez, TedX Stormont, the European Commission, the Guardian, the Ministry of Defence, the Northern Ireland Assembly and Twitter.


Michaela Wohlgemuth

Michaela Wohlgemuth came to the Alexander Technique in 1993. After training in the Alexander Technique Institute Los Angeles and working with the performing community in LA, she moved to Ireland and developed there her busy teaching practice.

She is training people one-to-one from all walks of life and particularly those in high performance like acting and music to improve performance with the Alexander Technique.

Michaela is one of the Co-founder of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT) and has been training teachers since 2003. In 2006, she became the Assistant Director of Ireland’s only Alexander Teaching College in Galway, Ireland. In 2016 she joined the faculty at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art Dublin.