Hilary has been a member of The Centre For Voice in Performance at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland since 1996, having previously taught at a number of major UK drama schools, including RCSSD, RWCMD, Rose Bruford and GSA. Her international profile includes training for The Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, teaching dialects for Flinders University and the Sydney Conservatoire in Australia, visiting Professor at The Academy of Film and Theatre in Bucharest, master classes in Amsterdam and Istanbul and voice coach for the award winning Teatro Biuro Podrozy in Poland. As a dialect coach, Hilary has worked on numerous theatre productions, including for The National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Court, on TV series – Lip Service (BBC3) Case Histories (BBC1) Waterloo Road (BBC1) and for the films – You Instead (Sigma Films). and The Wife, for which Glenn Close was awarded a Golden Globe. Her next film will be ‘Sweetly It Turns’, scheduled to start shooting in Spring 2021.
Hilary has a particular research interest in Performance Stress, was a founding member of ISSTIP and has acted in an advisory capacity for the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine. Previous research on Voice and Neuro-science was shared at conferences hosted by The British Voice Association (2010) ‘The Art of Well-being’ York St. John University (2011), and ‘Knowing Ways-Critical Reflections’ International Symposium (Edinburgh 2011).
In 2019, Hilary (along with colleague Vanessa Coffey) was invited to be the key- note speaker at the International conference Change- Now! hosted by the Teatralmo Akademia in Warsaw. Their paper examined the changing nature of drama school training and the rise of the Intimacy Co-ordinator in the aftermath of the #MeToo movement. In recognition of that success, the European Union has awarded a three year Erasmus strategic partnership grant to continue their work in collaboration with colleagues at Conservatoires in Paris, Warsaw, Giessen and Maastricht. The findings will be published in 2024.