Hope McNamara

Hope is a graduate of the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music. She worked successfully for a number of years in musical theatre (in the UK and at sea) and then broadened her acting experience training in Meisner at The Actor's Temple.

 

During her career in London, Hope played the role of 'Young Heidi' in Follies at the Landor Theatre and sang backing vocals onstage and off in the 2004 Royal Variety Show. She also features as part of the chorus in the film version of The Magic Flute, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

 

In Oxford, where she now lives, Hope works regularly with Nia Williams and Matt Winkworth, performing and workshopping their new musical theatre work.  

 

Hope teaches singing on the Acting course at The University of Northampton, is the resident singing teacher at St. Clare’s, Oxford, and coaches singing for MYCO (Musical Youth Company of Oxford).  She also leads workshops in voice for yoga teachers training at YogaVenue.

 

Originally from Canada, Hope completed her degree in Music (specialising in classical and operatic voice) at the University of Western Ontario. She began her professional career at the age of 17, playing the role of 'Young Belle' in A Christmas Carol at The Grand Theatre in London, Ontario. She then went on to sing and dance on many stages in Ontario including Huron Country Playhouse, Drayton Festival Theatre, The Jane Mallet Theatre - Toronto, The Second City - Toronto and at Canada's Wonderland.

 

Hope has been teaching singing and voice since 2005 and is currently training to become a CMT (Certified Master Teacher) of the Estill Model with Anne-Marie Speed.

 

Hope is a member of Equity UK and the BVA.

Hope Sear April 2011-218