Thank you for visiting my web site. As sole proprietor of Stoller System, LLC, I’ve been the resident dialect designer/coach (and occasional dramaturge) at Off-Broadway’s Mint Theater Company since 1996. I did the dialect design and coaching for TONY Award Winner Jessie Mueller (as Carole King) and Jake Epstein (as Gerry Goffin) for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway. I coached multiple-award-winner Carmen Ejogo in Coretta Scott King’s idiolect for Selma. I also work regularly with National Humanities Medalist Anna Deavere Smith, including Let Me Down Easy (New York, National Tour, and PBS’s Great Performances), and various other projects—you can see me working with Anna on HBO’s MasterClass. I’ve done production design and coaching for many other productions in New York and regional theatre, plus television projects from Nurse Jackie to Dora the Explorer, documentaries, and commercials. I’ve also won an award for my work, and I’m proud to be an Officer of VASTA, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.
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On stage: Harold Chapin’s little-known comedy, The New Morality, is now in previews at the Mint. You can see excerpts from our dress rehearsal and our first rehearsal above, and read our program here.
Next on stage: Last season’s sellout production of For Heaven’s Sake (originally The Brightness of Heaven) is traveling to Buffalo for a limited engagement, September 17–October 4, at the 710 Main Street Theatre.
Recently on stage: Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, had a successful run at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre. As always in my work with Anna, I coached her in idiolects, the individual speech patterns of the real people she embodies in performance. This requires a lot of detailed analysis of each speaker, and a lot of attention to that detail during the coaching process.
On screen: “Vigilante Jones,” my episode of Nurse Jackie (SHO), is available on Showtime Anytime. I loved working with Purva Bedi on the Kutchi language (6’06” & 13’22”), and Betty Gilpin on the Norwegian language (19’09”).