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"Nick Curnow is one of the most skilled accent coaches around." Bel Deliá (The Tunnel)
"I highly recommend Nick to get you up to industry standard without much fuss." Stephen Peacocke (Hercules, Home & Away)
Nick was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up on the North Shore. He moved progressively further away from home in his schooling, from Lane Cove Primary to Chatswood Primary’s Opportunity Class for years 5 and 6, and then from there to the state selective Fort Street High School. Having been a keen singer in his childhood, touring to Japan in 1994 with the Sydney Children’s Choir and then in the NSW Public Schools Singers, he was increasingly drawn to the world of acting, taking up drama in school (which only became an available curriculum subject in 1998), and gaining a place in the highly selective NSW State Drama Company. He toured with the Company to England in his final year, and while on a coach from London to Yorkshire, was offered a place in the University of Western Sydney’s Theatre Nepean (alma mater of other accomplished Australian actors such as David Wenham, Joel Edgerton, Yvonne Strahovski, Leon Ford, Alexandra Davies, Nicole Da Silva and Jared Turner). Here he not only received top class acting training, but also learnt to weld, sew, dye, and write a funding application! After graduating with Distinction from Nepean he dove straight into theatrical work, building an extensive resume of independent productions covering Shakespeare, Australian, American, British and Mexican theatre, as well as appearing in dozens of short films.
In 2006, after his agent closed its doors he ran away to Armidale in the New England region of New South Wales. Here he studied all the things he couldn’t in his acting degree – such as linguistics, philosophy, directing, ancient history – and returned to Sydney renewed and refreshed, ready to commence a new phase of his career. To his surprise he was offered one of only two coveted places in NIDA’s post-graduate Voice Studies course, then only run every second year. Here he studied under respected voice teachers including Bill Pepper, Betty Williams, Jennifer West, and Frankie Armstrong, speech pathologist Jocelyn Priestley, and worked on productions with yet-to-be-discovered actors like Jessica Marais, Hugh Sheridan, Andrew Lees, and Lisa Gormley. While here he wrote his dissertation on Cognitive Approaches to the Teaching and Learning of Accent & Dialect for Performers. He was also seconded to teach at Singapore’s LaSalle SIA College of the Arts where he taught the graduating year accent and dialect and coached their graduating production.
Since graduating from NIDA he has worked diversely as an actor on stages across Sydney, in television and film, and on the web. He has coached actors both young and old, experienced and new. He has directed short and full length plays and looks forward to adding greater accomplishments to his list of personal and professional achievements.
Find him at: www.nickcurnow.com
Tweet him: @nickcurnowactor