Do you need to sound generally American?
Authentically New York? Fluently French?
Maybe even speak an alien language?
LET’S MAKE YOU SOUND BRILLIANT!
I’ve logged over 5000+ hours on film sets and in post production
I’ve worked in the UK, USA, Germany, France, Spain, Morocco, Serbia, Hungary & the Czech Republic amongst others
I can travel at a moment’s notice
One to one coaching and Skype sessions have transformed the dialect prep process for countless productions
I am a specialist in American accents & dialects, and have helped hundreds of actors on their General American
Emergency dialect sessions and accent audition prep are available!
I gained my MFA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama after studying acting at Northwestern Univeristy
I proudly have taught dialects at Arts Ed, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and The Second City in Chicago
I speak (American) English (Midwesterner at heart), fluent French & I pick up languages along the way
Anyone can learn a dialect! I will show you how to do it – and make it fun.
HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS
As an American-born film gypsy who has lived and worked in over 5 countries, I am uniquely attuned to what makes an individual tick. 10% of my job is dialect coaching, 90% is tailoring that coaching to YOU. In pre-production and rehearsals the actor and I drill: sound changes, oral posture, musicality, rhythm & intonation, and colloquialisms until the dialect is ready for performance. We may work with recordings, with imagery or kinaesthetically to achieve the desired results. Perhaps most importantly, the actor and I work together to bridge technique and truth as we incorporate the dialect seamlessly into performance.
Voices & Dialects are my passion.
The voice is an incredible instrument – it speaks, sings, screams, and sighs … it expresses YOU. A dialect is a merely a facet of the voice, and is uniquely part of our lived experience. Dialects give clues as to who we are, where we come from, and who we aspire to be. Dialect can help define a character in performance, and dialect modification can lead to being better understood on stage, in business, or in everyday life.
Truth is tantamount to performance, and part of that truth includes the voice & dialect of a character. I work with the actor to find the character's dialect in performance through a close examination of the character's lived experience, class, race, gender, and beyond.
Hire me if you need...
On set support
Pre-production dialect research & design
Post-production ADR coaching & consultation
Preparation of modern or classical text
Improvement in vocal volume, stamina, and projection
Presentation & Public Speaking Skills
To Soften a Foreign Accent
To Strengthen a damaged voice
To Sound ‘manlier’ or more feminine
Help finding your professional voice