Lexi graduated from London's Royal Central School of Speech and Drama from their Bachelor of Acting program with first class honours. During her three years training she learnt acting craft and technique from some of the UK’s top tutors. Her career highlight was performing at the Globe as ‘Lady Anne’ in Richard III for the 2013 Wanamaker Festival. Lexi also performed in Appetite with Miriam Margoyles, Tamsin Greig, Jemma Redgrave and Jason Isaacs. Her Shakespeare credits include ‘Julia’ in Two Gentlemen of Verona, ‘Imogen’ in Cymbeline, ‘Titania’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and ‘Kent’ in King Lear. In London Lexi also performed as ‘Clytemnestra’ in the Oresteia, ‘Florina’ in Mad Forest, ‘Imogen’ in The Lightning Play, ‘Darlene’ in Balm in Gilead and in her own show about Marilyn Monroe, a version of which returned to Canberra.
Her Australian performances include 'Press Gallery Journalist' in episode 6 of the ABC series Total Control, narrator for Kerry McGinnis' novel The Roadhouse, 'Viola' in Twelfth Night, Prime Minister's Chief of Staff in Secret City: Under the Eagle, ‘Marianne’ in Constellations, ‘Beatrice’ in Much Ado About Nothing, ‘Miss Cannon’ in series 5 of Rake and as Dame Enid Lyons in the re-enactment of her maiden speech. Lexi will next join the Sport for Jove company to appear as ‘Lady Capulet’ in Romeo and Juliet directed by Damien Ryan and ‘Malvolia’ in Twelfth Night directed by Christopher Stollery.
Lexi is Co-Producer and Co-Artistic Director of the free Shakespeare by the Lakes season.
Lexi also submitted a proposal for an Australian National Theatre to the Federal Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories' inquiry into Canberra's national institutions and is a keen lobbyist for arts policy.
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Voice and Performance Coaching
Lexi works extensively in the voice and presenting space as voice-artist, MC and keynote speaker. She uses this experience in combination with her acting training to provide voice coaching for those seeking to increase their confidence and vocal presence.
Her training at Central specialised in voice, classic and modern texts and included voice techniques from Cicely Berry and Kristen Linklater. Lexi worked extensively in the UK with voice practitioner Susan White and since returning to Australia, with Bill Pepper. In March 2019 Lexi also completed an intensive workshop with Patsy Rodenburg.
“The C6th Chinese Buddhist teacher T’ien-t’ai is recorded as saying – the inferior physician feels the pulse, the ordinary physician observes the patient’s colour, the superior physician listens to the patient’s voice.”
Daisaku Ikeda, Soka Gakki International
Lexi is able to use her experience in the performing arts world to assist the private and public sector with stakeholder engagement. This work varies from private engagement with individual sessions in preparation for public speaking to broad sweeping engagement for international conferences or fundraising events.
Her work as a highly organised, outcomes-focused communications and engagement professional has supported the Menzies Research Centre, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Newgate Communications and TransGrid. Her experience in programming, project management, communications and the performing arts industry has given Lexi strong public relations, networking and communications skills that were further honed during her time working in Federal politics as head of programming and logistics for a Senior Cabinet Minister.
Lexi offers a limited amount of private acting tuition to those who wish to develop their technique or work on drama school audition preparation. During her three years at Central, Lexi learnt the acting methods of Sandford Meisner, Mike Alfred, Uta Hagen, and Max Stafford-Clarke's actioning.
An early word of advice from Lexi: any successful student first learns how to 'wax on, wax off'. Your temperament is just as important as the talent you have and the technique you wish to develop.
"I wish the stage were as narrow as the wire of a tightrope dancer, so that no incompetent would dare step upon it."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (this quotation Meisner kept on display in his office)