Denise Woods has been the ‘voice behind the voice’ of a stellar array of actors for the last twenty years. Currently coaching Halle Berry in the starring role of her film directorial debut, Denise was also the vocal coach for Mahershala Ali’s Academy Award and Golden Globe winning performances in Green Book and the 3rd Season of HBO’s True Detective. She coached Don Cheadle in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Black Monday, Academy Award winning actor Common, Golden Globe winner David Oyelewo, Golden Globe nominated actor Idris Elba, Academy Award nominated actor Will Smith for the title role in the film Ali and Ken Watanabe for his work in the film The Last Samurai. Denise worked with Audra McDonald on her fourth Tony Award winning performance for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess on Broadway, and was Zoe Saldana's Dialect Coach in the feature film based on the life of Nina Simone. Her dialect coaching talents can also be heard in the 20th Century Fox film Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, and the soon to be released film Harriet starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom, Jr.
Denise had the honor of coaching Tyler Perry for his role as Colin Powell in the 2018 Annapurna Pictures film Vice; and she is featured in Perry’s 2018 film Acrimony starring Taraji P. Henson, as the ‘only-heard’ Therapist.
Denise has trained executives for public speaking at corporations such as US Borax, UPS, and Bear Stearns. She has coached broadcast news anchors at NBC Nightly News, CNBC, Bloomberg News, The Today Show, CNN, Inside Edition, KTLA News, and the TV Guide Channel; and she has prepared NBA and NFL athletes for on-camera commentary.
For over twenty-five years, Denise’s clients have included Jessica Chastain, Amber Heard, Anthony Mackie, Phylicia Rashad, Ellen Burstyn, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Soledad O’Brien, Morris Chestnut, Queen Latifah, Taye Diggs, Paul Rodriguez, David Alan Grier, Victoria Rowell, Kellan Lutz, Ray Liotta, Portia De Rossi, Rachel Weisz, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright and Mike Myers.
She is a graduate and former faculty member of The Juilliard School, and a long time faculty member of California Institute of the Arts.
Denise is committed to giving disenfranchised voices the courage and tools to use their words, their thoughts and their stories in ways they never thought possible by dismantling fear, shame and insecurity.
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