Develop greater personal presence
and a more expressive voice.
Hi! I'm Christine, and I'm a voice and accent expert.
I know that you need a voice that is truthful, authentic, and powerful. A voice that can be heard easily, is not afraid to stand up for itself, and that expresses your place in the world clearly and directly.
It is my purpose in life to help people get more connected to their voices. Because I believe that there is power in vulnerability, I believe that a voice that reveals, rather than conceals your heart and mind is a voice of strength, and I believe that strength is compelling.
I began working with voice and expression over 20 years ago - earning a BFA in Acting, an MA in Voice and Speech, and specialized certification as a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. I spent the last 7 years training pre-professional actors on faculty in the Theatre Performance Program at Humber College, alongside coaching privately through my business. Many of my students and clients continue to do great work in the profession today. Past clients and students are currently acting at the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and appear on major shows such as: Grey's Anatomy, Kevin at Work, Saving Hope, and Orphan Black.
Selected corporate clients have included executives from: Aveda, Jam 3, Fresh Squeezed Ideas, JH Hospitality, McKinsey, and The Boston Group.
Let's start developing and strengthening your voice together, in my Toronto studio, or at your workplace.
PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOPS
Butterflies, be gone!
Presentation and public speaking skills to light up a room (and settle your stomach)
After a little time with SHINE! Creative Coaching, you won’t just survive that next presentation, you’ll thoroughly enjoy it. So will your audience. We teach practical, easy-to-apply skills that will put you at ease in front of any group, allowing your natural confidence and charisma to shine. We will equip you to deliver messages clearly, to read any room, and to engage your audience in stimulating dialogue, moving effortlessly from page to stage.
SHINE! Creative Coaching gives you presence
Our public speaking and presentation training is about much more than giving an effective Powerpoint presentation. We teach our clients how to communicate effectively in any situation; we teach the art of authentic communication. A skillful presenter speaks gracefully, piques the interest of those listening, and holds a room’s attention. An adept presenter connects with her audience in a meaningful and memorable way. Whatever the topic, her audience will not be watching the clock.
How to create a dynamic presentation through confident and passionate delivery
A group workshop for 3-10 people, right where you work
With the support and encouragement of your colleagues and coach, you will learn to:
Who should attend?
ONE-ON-ONE EXECUTIVE COACHING
Private coaching, in my studio, or, right where you work
Various packages; needs-based
Our intense, personalized, one-on-one coaching sessions focus on your specific needs. We will give concentrated attention to an upcoming presentation and teach you all of the skills that we teach in our group sessions, tailored to areas in which you need to see particular improvement.
Our private coaching sessions use video playback to gain insight into what you do beautifully and into what you could develop further. With our help, you will master new techniques in order to fortify weaknesses in your presentation skills, and in order to ensure passionate, bold, and inspired delivery.
Who should attend?
This training is for fluent English speakers who learned English as a second language either at school or as an adult.
Changing your accent takes dedication, time, attention and practice. A one-on-one coaching experience can provide you with the regular, specific feedback necessary to help you assimilate new sounds quickly and effectively. We’ll teach you all the nuts and bolts of North American speech sounds, in an engaging and supportive atmosphere.
Through this training, you will develop your listening and speaking abilities so that you can:
• Receive a personalized speech assessment, so that you understand the most important sound changes for you
• Learn to hear and reproduce standard North American consonant sounds
• Learn to hear and reproduce standard North American vowel sounds
• Learn to hear and reproduce North American intonation patterns and rhythm
• Develop your vocabulary
• Begin to implement these sounds into your everyday speech
Following a typical course of 10 x 1.5 hour sessions, clients usually experience a reduction in accent of at least 50%. Results can be even more dramatic in a rehearsed presentation. You can also expect to be heard and understood much more easily in casual conversation, and to feel more confident when you speak.
Individual or group sessions - on-site or at my studio.
Group intensive-style sessions may be arranged.
ACCENTS FOR ACTORS
Whether the accent you need is from across the pond, south of the 49th parallel or all the way around the world, we can help! With us you'll learn your accent in a fun and creative atmosphere that is as technically specific as it is imaginative and supportive.
Need coaching in a hurry for a last minute audition? Don't hesitate to get in touch. If there's a way to fit you in, we'll do it!
With us, you will:
• gain a thorough and specific understanding of the sound changes required to take on your new accent
• experience an embodied understanding of the required rhythms and intonation patterns
• apply these changes directly to your script
• learn a systemic approach to accent acquisition that will enable you to prepare and rehearse any accent
Email or call to book your session.
VOICE FOR ACTORS
This work is for actors who want to develop a stronger, more connected, more expressive voice for stage and screen.
We will utilize the Linklater vocal progression to develop and strengthen the voice through exploring resonance, flying up and down through pitch, exercising breathing power to support the voice through larger vocal demands, and building more specific connection to speech sounds and language. Key exercises and concepts will be repeated, allowing actors to assimilate the learning into the body, and encouraging ownership of the techniques.
The resultant increased freedom will be channeled into work on text. Through these texts we will work towards opening and extending the boundaries of what our voice and speech can give expression to. We will explore how the actor can connect vocally to image and text in a visceral and immediate way. This exploration will be applied to individual performance, giving the actor an opportunity to share their connection with spoken language in a way that is creative, clear, personal, and capable of subtlety and nuance.
Areas to explore include:
• Develop an understanding of your own cultural connection to sound and language
• Understand and challenge your habitual relationship to spoken language
• Recognize and adapt your own voice and speech habits
• Begin to recognize and utilize sound patterns as they appear in dramatic texts
• Evidence an ability to speak on support and with forward placement
• Connect imaginatively to sound in an effort to rediscover the spoken word
• Verbally articulate and physically work through a vocal warm up routine that encompasses the entire vocal progression•
• Demonstrate an increased facility with basic rhetorical devices
“I want to hear YOU, not your voice.”
― Kristin Linklater
Public Speaking Client
"I worked with Christine to take my upcoming speech at Cornell University up a notch or two. She worked with me to tap into my energy, my personal passion and even my heart, transforming a good speech into a highly impactful one!
I highly recommend Christine and will definitely hire her again!"
Actor & Model
Accent Reduction Client
"I love coming every class knowing that I'm going to progress and learn so much. I come out with a little bit more confidence in myself. Confidence in my speech and confidence in my performance. I don't just want to be known for my accent. Learning a general American accent gives me a great variety of roles I can play."
Nolan Molfetta, Actor
Voice Coaching Client
"I started working with Christine during my theatre training at Humber College. There, she helped me to discover the potential for change and growth in a voice that was locked up from habitual tension and lacked support. Christine is a pleasant, understanding and patient instructor who truly cares about the progress and well-being of her students. She is very in-tune with who she is working with; she can tell what areas are more difficult and her in-depth knowledge of the material allows her to work around what is hassling the student. Every time I travel home from a session with Christine I feel proud about how much I had discovered that day."
Accents for Actors Client
"Christine Berg has significantly aided my voice-over career. First and foremost, she worked with me to neutralize my regional accent when necessary, allowing me to compete for national jobs. Her direction was professional and constructive without advising me to completely lose my authentic, natural voice. in addition, she helped me to better prepare for auditions with valuable exercises, script reading tips, breathing techniques, and vocal health awareness, something that I previously took for granted. I encourage anyone who is serious about enhancing their voice potential to partner with SHINE CREATIVE COACHING."
Jennifer Villaverde, Actor
Voice Coaching Client
"Christine's approach was very relaxed and hands-on. Her intuitive coaching helped me make new discoveries with pieces I had been working on for years!"
Voice Coaching Client
"I've been working with Christine for over a year and have seen large improvements. She's helped me find a voice I never knew existed. Her sessions are very relaxed and a perfect environment to explore and develop your voice. I've also gained such an awareness in my speech that I'm able to speak with a sense of ease."
If you’re interested in discussing your needs more specifically, get in touch. I would be happy to talk you through the coaching process, the results you can expect, and answer any questions you might have.
Call Christine at 416-884-8130
Or send me an email below. All emails and calls are returned within 48 hours