Language Coaching

Language Coaching: Actors, Poets and Public Speakers

Who am I? (Or, Why would you pick me for your language coach?)

My name is Dr. Julie Sutherland, and I specialize in English Renaissance Drama. I have published on several Jacobean plays, as well as contributed in the area of the Renaissance to a number of reference books and encyclopedias. I have also worked in theatre production and administration both professionally and in community drama. My theatre affiliations include Thynke Byggly Productions (Oxford, UK), the Bandshell Players (Nova Scotia), Festival by the Marsh (New Brunswick) and Pacific Theatre (Vancouver). I am also founding producer of Doktor Luke Productions, which has mounted multiple cabarets and concerts as fundraising initiatives for a variety of arts and mental wellness communities.

With my professional training in acting and production and my Ph.D. in English Renaissance Drama, I am uniquely positioned to assist actors in understanding the marvellous and terrifying intricacies of Shakespearean English and social culture in Renaissance England. For the past 10 years, I have worked with actors (amateur, emerging and well-seasoned) to help them better understand Shakespearean text. This includes helping actors to get ready for auditions and working with them as they prepare for production.

I have extended my services to help poets prepare for public readings, as well as to assist other individuals in honing their public speaking skills. Together, we work on breathing exercises, text analysis and elocution. 

Note to actors

I'm neither a director nor a professional actor, so my goal is not to address your acting but is rather to help you understand how to speak Shakespearean text in a meaningful and natural manner.

Rates and Sundries 

For one-on-one language coaching, I charge $55 / hour. Rates decrease as number of participants increase. Details available upon request.

Because this is usually loud and obnoxiously fun, it's best to be in a private space (though on mild, non-rainy days, parks are always nice). After an initial meeting at a café, I usually invite actors to meet me at my home.


"I went to Julie for coaching before an important audition for Stratford. Her skill and knowledge of the text along with her exceptional ability to communicate academic understanding into practical advice for acting was crucial to preparing my Shakespeare monologue. I would highly recommend a session with her for any actor looking to deepen their understanding of the text." -Jackie Faulkner, professional actor