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Profile on Diane Radford

Diane's Mission

My mission is to help you develop confidence and conviction as a presenter through the art of voice and performance.

Voice and performance training is designed to give you the tools and techniques to help you become an effective performer for all speaking occasions.

I foster a fun, creative and supportive environment to encourage you to extend your personal boundaries for the purpose of self-advancement.


See my qualifications, background and experience below as a testament of what I bring to your training.   I have also worked in various administrative and management roles in the public and private sector.

FTCL – Trinity College London Fellow Performer’s Diploma (Speech & Drama)
LTCL – Trinity College London Licentiate Teacher’s Diploma (Speech & Drama)
ATCL – Trinity College London Associate Teacher’s Diploma (Speech & Drama)
Registered Educator in Performance and Communication NZ
National Certificate in Business Studies

NZIM Certificate in Management
Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults
Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practitioner
Pilates Instructor PhysicalMind Institute New York


2017 Teaching Award, Trinity College London

2017 Conference Award, Speech Communication Association NZ

New Zealand Champion Toastmaster (Oral Reading Contest)
New Zealand Champion Theatre Federation One Act Play Festival



Private Coaching
2002-2023 Voice and Performance/Presentation Skills training to Business sector, medical, media, scientific, academic, IT industry, local and central government personnel.
2002-2023 Teen and adult Speech and Drama Teacher.

2015 Sponsored training for Deborah Lambie, Miss World Miss New Zealand 2015

Training business teams/organizations, community groups and educational institutions

2020 Presented and produced 8 NLP & Pilates videos for NZ Disabled Organisation  

2016 Presentation Skills Trainer to Antipodes New Zealand Staff, Private Studio

2014 Presentation Skills Trainer to Upper Hutt City Council Staff
2014 Presentation Skills Trainer to Antipodes New Zealand Ltd Staff, Private Studio
2012 Voice & Performance Coach to Squiz New Zealand team, Private Studio  
2012-2002  Voice & Performance Adult Workshops for Wellington City Council, Community Arts Programme
2010-2007 Voice & Performance workshop trainer to Gym Instructors at Les Mills Extreme Wellington
2009 Communication trainer for an Open Polytechnic of New Zealand Workshop
2008 Voice Coach, Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
2008 Storytelling Workshop Instructor, Secondary Schools Leadership Course, World Vision
2007 Voice & Performance workshop trainer to Senior Staff, Ministry of Economic Development
2007-1995 Voice Tutor to the Performing Arts Diploma students at the Wellington Performing Arts Centre.
2006 Voice Workshop Trainer for the Wellington City Council Swimming Instructors.
2005 Voice Tutor, New Zealand College of Performing Arts, Whitirea Polytechnic.
2001 Vocal Workshop Trainer for Saatchi & Saatchi
2000-1998 Voice, Diction & Performance Art Workshop Trainer for the Wellington Community Interpreting Services
1999 Voice Tutor for the National Youth Drama School, Hawke’s Bay – voice and movement training with final performance

Professional Development

2019 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc PDS, Dunedin

2018 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc PDS, Havelock North

2017 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc PDS, Wellington
2016 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc PDS, Blenheim

2015 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc PDS, Palmerston North

2014 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc PDS, Christchurch

2013 Innerwise Workshop, New Plymouth

2009 Jan Bolton Voice Workshop, Toi Whakaari, Wellington
2009 Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc Professional Development Seminar, Auckland
2008 Core Transformational Dance Workshop with Ingrid Kolle, Pukerua Bay
2007 & 2008 Singing with WOSOSI, Bert van Dijk, Wellington
2007 Introduction to Fitzmaurice Voice Workshop with David Neville of USA, NZ Drama School, Wellington
2006 Clown Workshop, NZ Drama School, Wellington
2006 Gestalt Art & Drama Therapy Workshop
2005 Michael Chekhov Technique training, Wellington & Masterton
2003 Patsy Rodenburg Voice & Directing Masterclasses, Wellington
2001 Roy Hart Voice Training, RADA, London
2000 Flamenco Dance with Antonio Vargas (Sydney, Australia), Wellington
2000 Jo Estill Voice Training Levels 1 and 2, NZ Drama School, Wellington
1999 Suzuki Technique with Ana Woolf (Argentina)—a vocal and physical training
1997 Kristen Linklater voice technique with Timothy Douglas of USA, Wellington
1996 Physical Theatre & Roy Hart Voice Training with Bert van Dijk, Wellington
1993 Australian International Theatre Workshop Festival—(Adelaide)
· Butoh Dance with Akaji Maro of Japan
· Impulse Acting with Lindy Davies of Australia
· Voice with Frankie Armstrong of Cardiff, UK
. Augusto Boal forum

Professional Associations

2022 EPC Registered Professional Educator in Performance and Communication

2019-2020 Vice President, Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc Council

2016-2018 Council Member, Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc

2002-2018 Member/Associate, NZANLP

2002-2022 RTSCA Registered Teacher, Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc

2004-2002 Council Member, Speech Communication Association (NZ) Inc



2017 Director of the Professional Development Seminar, Speech Communication Association
(NZ) Inc, BATS Theatre, Welllington.
2010 Co-Presenter with Cathy Watson (LLN Specialist) at the ACAL (Australian Council of Adult Literacy) held at Darwin University in September on Embedding LLN in Communications – A Creative Approach.

2003 Co-Presenter with Joe Griffiths, Exit Foundation at the INGENIUM Conference in the Opera House, Hastings on Uncorking your Creativity.


2015 Voice-over for Montoux's Mobile App.  

2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 & 2004 Women’s Circus and Wellington Fringe Festival.
1992 Kanagawa International Festival of the Arts, Japan
1992 Summer Shakespeare
1991 National Champion Theatre Federation One Act Play Festival

2008 WOSOSI (World Song Singers) Concert at Queen Margaret College, Wellington
2007 WOSOSI (World Song Singers) Concert at Te Papa Marae, Wellington

Physical Theatre
1997 Dancing the Lagoon, Wellington Fringe Festival: choreography, performance and sculpture (designed a 10 metre fire sculpture) central display in the Wellington lagoon for the production.  See photo to right above

Flamenco Dance
2001 The House of Bernarda Alba (with Wellington’s Desde Sevilla Flamenco group & Australia’s Antonio Vargas of Strictly Ballroom fame) Wellington.

1994-2001 Various Flamenco Shows with Wellington Flamenco troupe.

Creative Arts

2002, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1991, 1989, 1988, 1983  Bronze Casting Sculpture – Coromandel, Taupo and Wairarapa (see photo top right).
2000 March Group Exhibition of Sculpture and Paintings – Team European showrooms, Wellington
1998 April Celebration of Differences (Penguin Group of Sculptors) – Mahara Gallery, Waikanae
1996 May State of the Heart (NZ Artists Visions of Peace and Harmony Towards the New Century) – Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington
1994 March Heavy Metal Bronze Sculpture – New Moon Gallery, Wellington
1989 March Group Exhibition Bronze Sculpture – Brooklyn Gallery, Wellington
1981 July Group Exhibition – Settlement Gallery, Wellington

Diane performing in Women's Circus Fringe 2009

Firebird Sculpture Wellington Harbour for Physical Theatre performance

Diane Radford bronze casting

Diane de-shelling dog sculpture at Bronze Casting Workshop

Diane as Charlotte Corday in Marat Sade. 

Diane performing Flamenco

Completed bronze sculpture 'Alegrias' based on Flamenco Dance.

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