Actor, director, coach

SCheadStephan was educated in Ireland and England, won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and spent 20 years as a leading actor in theatre, feature film and TV. He played title roles in films and TV series and was proposed for nomination for an Emmy Award for Doctor Sutherland in the film “The Nightingale Saga”. He was a one-time member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and played Hamlet in a long tour of India for David Conville and the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Company. He sang Bernard Rosier in Ken Hill’s original musical production in Newcastle of Catherine Cookson’s “Katie Mulholland”. In addition he has often narrated and performed at festivals and recitals of words and music. He is an Associate Member of RADA and a coach for RADA in Business.

In 1988 Stephan founded the Rhubarb voiceover agency and is currently MD of Stephan Chase Productions, a consultancy and audio production company. He is also a part-time teacher at Ravenscourt Park Preparatory School.
Stephan works as a public speaking coach for any professional or private person who wants to improve their in-studio or live performance.
In 1991 he combined his experience of acting, directing, producing, coaching and running businesses to offer Managing Authentic Presence. See below.
“The art of effective communication” (c)
“To manage like an actor or act like a manager” (c)
Stephan lives by Richmond Park with his family. He is a keen cyclist.


Managing Authentic Presence: personal coaching.

The drama of business: “To manage like an actor or to act like a manager?”

Latin verb. Ago: I do. Actum: something done. Authentic: of undisputed origin (OED).

What is Managing Authentic Presence?
A one-to-one, practical coaching approach for speakers and presenters. The work enables them to find the confidence to express their authentic self and live in the moment. This enables them to communicate better.

Clients learn simple stagecraft: posture, voice and movement.
Coaching initiates change!

What does it involve?

Clients learn about presence. What it looks like from the outside and what it feels like from the inside: what it is and what it isn’t. How to “get it”. Managing Authentic Presence is the combination of these factors in performance and in life. This is to go beyond “acting” to a naturalness of expression which makes the telling of the story, whether through a speech, a pitch or a presentation, your very own.

What are the benefits?

Acquiring and managing presence is a challenge which requires energy, imagination and boldness. Clients, with Stephan’s help and encouragement, step up to seize it. The benefits are a relaxed feel-good factor with rooted communication – great skills.

For further information contact Stephan Chase Productions Ltd.