My approach to dialect coaching is all about individualization. I love exploring the connection between the body, the character, and the dialect. My goal is for the actor to feel free and natural in the voice of the character.
I do this with physical work to incorporate the accent into the body. I love teaching actors techniques which free them to play when first approaching an accent.
The next step in learning a dialect is listening. I provide many different listening sources, and listen along with the actor to create a framework for what they’re hearing.
The final step is physical familiarity. I teach actors to treat their vocal tools as any other muscle, and sentences as a kind of free choreography. Once the muscles are familiar with the connections and transitions of an accent’s speech, the actor will feel comfortable and free. I tailor warm ups and exercises at every stage of the process to specify our work.
My linguistic background helps me listen to and break down any voice or accent, and my teaching experience helps me communicate the information in an unintimidating way which feels achievable. Let's get to work!