Cicely Berry trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She then taught there, working with Peter Finch, Sean Connery, Ann Bancroft and Richard Chamberlain. In 1969, she was invited by Trevor Nunn to the Royal Shakespeare Company where her work has been based ever since. She has worked at the Stella Adler Studio in New York and for different theatre companies in over 25 countries. She appeared at the Chicago Festival of Theatre with Charles Marowitz and with Howard Davies in Zimbabwe. In China, she coached actors for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor.
With Theatre for a New Audience she has worked on the link between method acting and heightened poetic language. She hosted a ten day workshop in Copenhagen with John Barton and Jane Lapotaire. With British playwright Edward Bond, Cicely hosted a three week workshop. She has worked with Adrian Noble, Michael Billington, Max Stafford-Clark and David Rudkin as well as different members of the Royal Court circle of writers. She worked with the cast of Titus Andronicus in Rome: Jessica Lange, Anthony Hopkins and director Julie Taymore. She has received an O.B.E and an Honorary Doctorate for Services to the Theatre, a special Arts Council Council Award for “innovative and invaluable” contribution to the theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Prize for pioneering work in the theatre. Cicely has published four books, Voice and the Actor, Your Voice and How to Use It, The Actor and the Text and Text in Action. She has worked with most of the world’s top directors including Barry Kyle, Sam Mendes and extensively with the legendary Peter Brook. Her association with world class actors is well known, with long and involved commitment to the RSC since 1969. In addition she has also helped Jeremy Irons, Bob Hoskins, Jo and Ralph Feinnes, Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman and Kenneth Branagh.