Richard Lawton has worked with all levels of legal professionals, executive level managers, C.E.O.’s and board directors. As a theatre director and performing arts lecturer, Richard worked with the Sydney Theatre Company, N.I.D.A., Sydney and Monash Universities.
Richard has worked with thousands of individuals internationally, over his 30-year career. He is a specialist in body language and voice work, which has assisted him in devising the “stand and deliver” method, a way of fast tracking clients in uncovering and re-arranging belief systems.
Richard has performed, directed and taught on three continents. He has directed many pieces of music theatre, including (Sydney) Sydney Theatre Co. and Belvoir St. (Melbourne) The Athenaeum and Universal Theatres. For three years he sang Bass in the contemporary vocal quartet Velvet Groove.
A year in ashram in India drastically altered his approach, and he focused on teaching acting and voice work. He co-devised the series ‘Acting, Playing & Being’ with Penny Chater, and taught at N.I.D.A., Sydney University and the Victorian College of the Arts. During his nine-year stint at Monash University he won the Vice-Chancellor’s award for excellence in teaching.
In 2007 he joined Laird Consulting (Formerly Ignite Coaching) and since has delivered training in presentation skills with Global firms: Boston Consulting Group, Baker & McKenzie lawyers, and locally Telstra, Victorian and N.S.W. Bar Associations and Vic Legal Aid. Richard co-facilitates the ‘As She Speaks’ programme; helping female executives crack the glass ceiling.
Since 2005 he has directed SoulSong choirs. He also uses singing as a healing modality at the Eating Disorder Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.