Your voice is your instrument.
Train like a maestro.
The voice is an incredible instrument – it speaks, sings, screams, and sighs … it expresses YOU.
Voice & Dialects give clues as to who we are, where we come from, and who we aspire to be.
Anyone can learn a dialect!
I will show you how to do it – and make it fun.
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 voice + dialect, 90% is tailoring the coaching to the individual.
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 voice + dialect in performance through a close examination of the character's lived experience, class, race, gender, and beyond.
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. The actor and I work together to bridge technique and truth as we incorporate the dialect seamlessly into performance.
Audition & Self Tape Prep
Make your audition sound flawless.
Auditions can often be last minute & require a convincing dialect. An actor cannot be expected to have every accent to hand, which is where dialect coaching comes in.
I work directly with the text so that the actor feels confident to act in the accent.
We may cover sound changes, the music of the accent, and the overall mouth shape. Written and recorded notes may be given as necessary.
Become a vocal athlete.
Actors today are primarily getting work in film & television, meaning that their voices may not be stage ready. However, the theatre requires an actor to be a vocal athlete.
Vocal coaching prepares the actor appropriately and deals with vocal problems as they arise.
I work with the body, breathing and the voice in order for the actor to be understood truthfully onstage.
Make American English your best friend.
Although it can be very difficult to ‘lose’ a foreign accent entirely, it is not entirely unheard of. And in an increasingly global market, many international actors are working in American productions.
Through accent training anyone can work to gain greater clarity and confidence in English. We focus on the music of English, the muscles of speech and the hardest vowels & consonants from the mother tongue into American English.
Critic Reviews & Testimonials
“There’s no denying the swagger brought to the play by its leading man Orlando Bloom, playing a Texas contract killer with a husky-voiced insouciance and pitch-perfect accent.”
— NY Times' Matt Wolf, reviewing KILLER JOE
“Alex Kingston and Sarah Hadland’s American accents communicate the depth of their characters beautifully.”
— London Theatre Review, reviewing ADMISSIONS
“Rebecca has been a revelation for me. Her approach to teaching involves visual, audio, physical, and emotional techniques that have helped me so much and got me to a place where I feel comfortable and confident when on set. She has been irreplaceable … and she makes it fun! Very grateful.”
— Ed Skrein, actor
“She has an intuitive understanding of the balance between what my needs were for the production, alongside the individual needs for each performer. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Rebecca again.”
— Natasha Nixon, director Young Vic Theatre
“... excellent support performance from a brooding Joe McGann, his Liverpool accent well buried and replaced with the drawl of the American west ...”
— Anne Cox, reviewing FOOL FOR LOVE
“You knew exactly what was needed for this production.”
— Yael Farber, director Old Vic Theatre
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