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When I arrived in LA I assumed I'd be able to put on the American accent. It proved difficult  so  I had six months working with a dialect coach and it's become a habit.
Martin Henderson (The Ring / Pride and Predjudice)



Dialect coaching was provided for Jason Clarke while filming

 ``Brotherhood," the Showtime series. Clarke says, after a while, speaking like a Rhode Islander makes you feel like a Rhode Islander. ``It really helped inform the character," he says.

Joanna Weiss, Boston Globe website 6/2/2006



I have always been enamoured of dialect,

 as an actress and as a coach.


 I find Jason Clarke’s quote is especially appropriate, using dialect does inform you about your character, about their culture and how they relate to the world.


I’ve been coaching dialect for as long as I’ve been coaching voice, since 1991. My focus in dialect coaching is to lead actors to understand:


1)      Dialect is part of character.

2)      Dialect must be in your body, in your muscle memory,   

         like the notes of a song.

3)      Dialect must be learned early in rehearsal process.

4)      Dialect brings with it cultural norms and rules to learn.

5)      Dialect is not difficult. Some are better at it than others, yes. But with  practice and rehearsal, your dialect can become stage worthy.




I coach regularly for Glendale Community College. Productions include Romeo Juliet, Anything Goes, Waiting for Lefty, The Sweet Potato Queens, In the Company of Men, and numerous dialects for the Speech Team individual events competitors.


In private monologue and audition coaching I have coached, Standard British, Boston, Southern (Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, New Orleans), Midwestern, New York and a bunch of others, how’s a gal supposed to remember all she’s coached for goodness sake.


For Improvisation groups I’ve covered Midwestern, Southern and Scottish.


Other Productions:


College of DuPage, IL

Productions of: Cabaret, Terra Nova,  A Christmas Carol , The Secret Garden, Suburbia,


Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, IL

Productions of: Quilters, Mousetrap, The Real Inspector Hound, The Living


ALCES Productions Chicago, IL

Production of: Code of the West (Russian and Standard British)              


Transient Theatre Chicago, IL

Productions of: Reginald and Victoria...(Russian and Brit.)


Contact me for your dialect design and coaching