Excelsia College

School of Creative and Performing Arts

Linda Nicholls-Gidley | Dramatic Art | Excelsia College

Drama Lecturer

Linda Nicholls-Gidley

MA Creative Arts
Contact Details

Teleophone Number

02 9000 9604



Biographical details

Linda has been teaching voice accents and dialects for over 20 years. She has worked on major national and international touring productions including DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon, Annie, The Bodyguard, and Saturday Night Fever. Linda has worked in both Film and Television and is in demand across the country for her coaching skills. Linda has been on the faculty of NIDA and the University of Wollongong.

Profile of Lina Nicholls-Gidley


Linda holds a Master of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Voice from NIDA and a Bachelor of Arts from Charles Sturt University. Linda is a certified teacher of Knight Thompson Speechwork, one of only two in Australia.

Research Interests

Linda is currently engaged in re-examining the way speech, accents and dialects are taught, applying pedagogical strategies that explore all speech actions and phonetic realisations rather than relying on corrective methodologies.

Current projects

Silenced (Writer/Actor), In Their Footsteps (Actor), Girl From the North Country (Accent Coach), Jagged Little Pill (Accent Coach)


Voice and Speech Teacher’s Association

Selected publications

Book Chapters

A Moore and S Simon (eds) 2015 Globally Networked Teaching in the Humanities, Theories and Practices Routledge, New York 

CH 13 International Teaching and Learning Without Leaving the USA: Voice and Movement, Language and Literature.

Journal Papers

Reflections on the 2021 VASTA Conference, Co-author. Kris Danford, Amy Chaffee, Vivian Majkowski, Linda Nicholls-Gidley, Jersten Ray Seraile and Erin Nicole Washington


Cook, R (ed) 2009 The Voice and Speech Review: The Moving Voice Hamlet: 1948, 1973, 2003 – A Comparison

Conference Papers

2019 Drama Victoria: This is Not a Drill: Diversity and Inclusion in Speechwork

2019 Drama Australia Symposium: This is Not a Drill: Revitalising Voice and Speech Exercises for the Classroom

2019 Drama NSW conference: Vocal Skills for Creative Communicators

2018 Drama NSW conference: Vocalise Your Creative Revolution

2018 VASTA conference: Lexical Set