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My skills, experience and research focus are work-based communication, persuasion and personal impact and the effective use of techniques for their development.


You don't get fit by just reading about it - you've got to do some exercise.  Building the skills for personal impact at work can be thought of in a similar way.  They are learned through practical experience with expert support.


I specialise in workshops, coaching and theatre-based training for groups and individuals, providing a skills laboratory where together we explore the next bold steps for development.  My work can stand alone or be seamlessly tailored to fit as part of a wider leadership development programme.


I live in Exeter, UK, and it's great when I can work online or with clients near home. For some work it's best if we're in person. I also love travel; I've worked internationally with senior executives delivering role-plays, forum theatre, coaching, simulations and facilitated presentation and impact training throughout the world. My work has taken me to Vietnam, USA, Brazil, India, France, Singapore, Germany, Romania, Ireland, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, China and Indonesia.

Development and fundraising is a key focus for my work. Recent clients in this sector include The Science Museum Group, UNHCR, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust Charity, Exeter University, Cambridge University, Leeds University, Open Creates.

My experiential learning is underpinned by extensive research.  I hold a PhD from the University of Exeter that examined connections between leadership, learning and theatre-based techniques.  I also have an MA with Distinction in Applied Theatre and BA Hons 1st Class in Drama.  I am accredited to teach in Higher Education by the Higher Education Academy.  My coaching practice is currently being accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. I have been a teaching fellow at Exeter University and continue as a guest lecturer at various Universities.


I am published in international peer reviewed journals.  My most recent article, 'A Critical Stage for Learning?' having been published by Intellect in the Special Edition of the Journal of Arts and Communities.  The article examined the unique potential for professional development facilitated by the skilled application of theatre-based learning techniques.


I also give presentations on work-based experiential learning at international academic conferences.


Acting is the third aspect of my work.  This professional performance work builds my own skills and experience which I selectively draw upon when coaching in work-based contexts.


Recent performances include working with Burn the Curtain and their award winning production of 'The Company of Wolves'.  At The Barbican in London I performed as part of PlayOn - a playful celebration marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. In 2018 I performed in Burn the Curtain's 'The Hunting of The Snark' and in 2024 in the fantastical 'Don Quixote on Bicycles'.


I've enjoyed many summers touring with The Common Players, including 'The Tuck Inn', Alice in Wonderland, The Return of Robin Hood and others. I continue to collaborate with Wandering Tiger on both film and theatre.  Recent work here includes 'An Audience with a Ghost Hunter' and 'Humbug!' which last Christmas passed the milestone of over 100 performances.  


Current film work includes 'Cradlemoor', an interactive full motion video game, due  to be released in 2025.

I'd be delighted to talk with you to explore how we can work together. Please get in touch - my contact details are below.



Dr Richard Feltham BA Hons, MA, PhD, AHEA

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In the workplace we tend to spend more time focused on our minds than our bodies.  For example, if we have to give a presentation, typically one might spend more time focused on the WHAT- in terms of content, than the HOW- in terms of presence, tone, pace, self management and so on.


In my workshops we'll focus both on the WHAT in terms of key messages you need to communicate and also the HOW.


We'll practically rehearse and refine messages so that you can deliver them with confidence, connection, passion and authenticity.


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