Anne-Marie works as a voice teacher for actors and singing teacher for 20 years.
Her varied and extensive practice includes working with classical actors, international film stars, artists in national theatre companies, leads in West End musicals, actors in film and television and platinum selling pop artists.
She acts as a vocal consultant to West End production companies as well as individuals, working as a trouble-shooter and problem solver in both speaking and singing.
She is also one of the most experienced teachers and trainers of the Estill Model in the world and was trained by and interned for Jo Estill. She was the first UK teacher to be asked by Estill to intern for her in Denmark in 1994 and she continued her close association with her from that time. She has pioneered the use of the Estill Model in the teaching of actors, and specialises in the integration of speaking with singing, especially musical theatre.
Through The Voice Explained (Anne-Marie Speed & Associates), she is much in demand for giving workshops on the Estill Model, performance and related vocal subjects internationally. She has also been a professor of voice on the Musical Theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music since the course started in 1994 and was President of the British Voice Association 2001–2002.
During this time, she has also established herself as one of the UK’s leading accent coaches, working on major films, TV shows and West End productions.
As a theatre director, her work includes drama and musicals and she was the first director to direct a new production of the West End hit Stones in his Pockets for a tour of the Gulf in 2004. This was followed in 2005 with a production of Art by Yasmina Reza and Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim for the Royal Academy of Music. In 2008 she directed Sondheim’s Company, and in 2010 A Little Night Music also for the Royal Academy of Music.
Since 2009 she has worked as a vocal consultant for Sony Records, SyCo and recently Universal. In 2011, she was asked to be the vocal coach on Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) and X Factor and also worked on BGT in 2012.