I can safely say that the first time I heard the phrase "the voice is an instrument" was from Stuart Morrison. In-fact the first voice lesson I had was with Stuart in our school drama studio. I remember Stuart entering the studio whilst we sat on our chairs talking. A deep but soft voice resonated in the room. Usually as students we barely listened to any teacher but for some reason, this was different.
We payed attention when he spoke. Whenever Stuart spoke there was a directness to his voice which also had a soft and smooth quality to it too. Stuart engaged with every student individually when teaching that I felt confident and comfortable enough to explore my curiosity with 'the voice'. He was always kind and is always fondly remembered by past students as Mr Morrison.
Stuart was my voice coach in my second year at East 15 Acting School and the time I had with him was invaluable. Stuart's willingness and patience to teach, along with his clear love of language and text, meant that I always felt safe and secure when working with him in the rehearsal space.
I really felt myself grow within the language and was able to access a deeper understanding of text because of how at ease I felt.
During my time with Stuart I worked with both Shakespeare and Classical text and within these my rhythm, pronunciation and fluidity of thought strengthened considerably.