A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Valerie Smith perform Helena’s monologue from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play by William Shakespeare.

ValerieStevensValerie Smith is new to voiceover and thoroughly enjoying the journey so far. “Observing people has always fascinated me. Getting to know characters and backstories helps me to do my best to honor the characters and the intention of the writers.”

In addition to her acupuncture practice of 20 years she has taught Chinese medicine for 18 years.

From Valerie: “It had been a long time since I had read any works by Shakespeare so I randomly chose a monologue of Helena’s from Midsummer Night’s Dream thinking it was fun and light. Working with Wren I began to really understand more clearly the depth of Helena’s character and connect with the intensity of the betrayal Helena felt in her friendship with Hermia and her relationship with Demetrious.

Improvising scenes that were not in the play but answered questions we had about our character was particularly helpful to connect with the story and complex emotions of Helena.”

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