Rod Menzies is a Voice Coach and Theatre Educator. He is currently a Lecturer in Voice and Speech in the UCLA Graduate Acting Program and provides Voice, Speech and Dialect coaching for film, television and theatre..
As an award winning USC Theatre faculty member, Menzies began moonlighting as a private coach in Voice, Speech, and Dialects in 1996 and, soon after, as agents, managers, and acting coaches began recommending him for projects, he left USC to pursue industry coaching opportunities,
Industry clients include Patricia Arquette, Neve Campbell, Caroline Chikezie, David Duchovny, Peter Gallagher, Mariska Hargitay, Neil Patrick Harris, Adrian Holmes, Vanessa Marcil, Kathe Mazur, Sandra Oh, James Purefoy, Marcus Scribner, Alicia Silverstone, TJ Thyne, Sophie Turner, Nadine Velazquez, and many others.
In 2004, his coaching practice expanded to include business leaders and his enthusiasm for improving executive performance through mindfulness and intentional communication led to a thriving corporate practice. His executive coaching addresses a range of critical leadership competencies including presentation mastery, executive presence, and intentional communications. Drawing on his interest in neuroscience and meditation, Menzies integrates mindfulness practices, like those used by Google, to equip clients with the newest tools for improving relational effectiveness and driving excellence in organizational development.
In 2017, Menzies accepted a Lectureship to teach Voice and Speech in the UCLA Graduate Acting Program. He also teaches at AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts, in Hollywood.
Menzies has appeared as an actor in film and TV, most recently in the award-winning Quiet Denial. His stage performances range from world premiers of new plays to leading roles in the classical repertoire. He is a veteran of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Actor Training: Diploma in Acting, The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School; MFA in Theatre, York University.