(b. London, 1865; d. Warwick, 4 July 1945) Actress and educator. She was a pioneer of voice training and speech therapy who gave lessons in ‘poetic speech’ at Crystal Palace, south London, and at the Albert Hall, where in 1906 she founded the Central School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art (later the Central School of Speech and Drama). She tutored numerous great British actors, including Laurence Olivier and Peggy Ashcroft, and had a profound influence on the theatre. She was an indefatigable campaigner for the establishment of a National Theatre.
From The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre in Oxford Reference.