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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“Vigilante Jones,” my episode of Nurse Jackie (SHO) first aired on June 21. This time it was language coaching, rather than working on a dialect or accent in English. I loved working with guest actor Purva Bedi in Kutchi, and series regular Betty Gilpin in Norwegian.
We’re in the midst of rehearsals for Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith; at Berkeley Rep’s Roda Theatre, July 11–August 2. As always with Anna, I am coaching 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 coaching sessions. Then Anna makes it look easy!
Next, I’ll be heading into rehearsal with the Mint Theater Company in New York, doing the dialect design and coaching for Harold Chapin’s The New Morality. Performances begin in August.
Selma is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. I’m proud of my work with Carmen Ejogo, winner of an NAACP Image Award and a Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and of my association with this fine film.