Jean studied piano and singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, gaining a BA. Subsequently, Jean taught singing in the School of Drama for many years before studying spoken voice with Nadine George. She is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM). She took up a post in the Centre for Voice in Performance as a full-time Lecturer in Voice and Musical Theatre in 2006, and was appointed Head of Voice and the Centre for Voice in Performance in Dec 2013. She teaches across all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes with specific connections to Musical Theatre.
Jean has been vocal consultant for a number of companies including glas[s]performance -Hand me down, Act Productions – Backbeat , National Theatre of Scotland – The House of Bernarda Alba , Ankur Productions – Heer Ranja, Fifty Shades of Black and Neil Laidlaw Productions – The Steamie.
In 2013 Jean worked with Red Note Ensemble on Enough Already! by Francois Sarhan. This complex composite of film, theatre, music and animation required Red Note musicians to sing and narrate whilst playing the score.
As well as embracing the collaborative aspects of music and drama, Jean’s other areas of research include investigation of the integration of Nadine George Technique with Musical Theatre singing styles and how Nadine George Technique might serve to underpin all performance. Jean is also committed to raising awareness and interest in Scots Language.
Jean is a Donald Dewar Arts Award Trustee, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).