Turn of Phrase Ltd was created in 2013 as a communications training company who aim to give people the skills, freedom and power to speak in public, while addressing issues of gender equality in how we communicate. We want speaking to be as valued as reading and writing. We aim to improve communication in decision-making processes whether that is as part of a team, in the board room or presenting to new potential clients. Through effective, emotionally connected and focused speech we give individuals and teams the tools they need to be more productive, efficient and empower their workforce to communicate with better harmony.
Our work also takes us into schools across the UK where we help young people develop their communication skills through specialist workshops. We have a gender equality focussed session for students, which aims to bring awareness to the next generation of leaders and thinkers.
Timothy AllsopArtistic and Creative Director
After studying History at Balliol College, Oxford, Timothy trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He works extensively as an actor. Recent work includes appearances in Therese Raquin at the National Theatre, the title role in Richard III at Guildford
Dr Emily GrossmanResearcher, facilitator, broadcaster
Dr. Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, with a Double First in Natural Sciences from Queens’ College Cambridge and a PhD in cancer research. She also trained and worked as an actress, and now combines her skills as a science broadcaster
After completing her degree in English Literature and Drama at the University of Sussex, Francesca went on to study Acting at Drama Studio London. She works as a professional actor alongside her work for Turn of Phrase and has amongst her theatre credits
Charlie is an actor, spoken word and rap artist. Trained at Drama Studio London, he has since supported the likes of Kate Tempest and Scroobius Pip on the festival circuit, and was a BBC slam finalist in 2014. His solo theatre show, ‘The Stories of Shakey P’ is a compilation of rap retellings of Shakespeare stories.
Emma trained as an actor at Drama Studio London, following a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She currently works as an actor and voice artist and has a particular interest in Shakespeare and classical adaptations. She is an experienced singing and drama teacher/ workshop leader
Philip DeWinter ShawFacilitator and Researcher
Philip trained as an actor at The Oxford School of Drama, performing within collectives such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Lyceum Theatre and the BBC. Following his dramatic training, he went on to study Anthropology at The University of St Andrews
Augustina SeymourFacilitator and Language Specialist
Augustina studied English and German at Brasenose College, Oxford, before training as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Recent theatre includes Playing for Time at Sheffield Crucible, Hitchcock Blonde at Hull Truck, The Nutcracker at the Nuffield and Nora in A Doll’s House at Theatre by the Lake.