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 and other projects; currently on Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education. I’ve done production dialect design and coaching for many other productions in New York and regional theatre, plus television projects from Mozart in the Jungle and Nurse Jackie to Dora the Explorer, documentaries, and commercials. I’ve even 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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I had a wonderful time coaching top musician and record producer James Poyser. He was a very good sport! Proud that my one suggestion made it into this clip: changing the word “behind” to the quintessentially Scots “bahookie”! Thanks to everyone on the Tonight Show team, and to NBC Universal for allowing me to post the clip here. (Scroll to 1:17 if you’re watching on this site; or click the photo or link above to go straight to 1:17.)
My latest project at the Mint Theater Company, Women Without Men, explores the clash of conflicting natures and petty competitions that erupt among the cloistered teaching staff of an all-girls boarding school in Ireland in the 1930’s. Presented by the Mint Theater Company at New York City Center Stage II, 131 W. 55th St. Previews start January 30, 2016. You can read my dramaturgical note starting on page 5 of the program, above.
Current and ongoing stage:
Her trademark imitation of accents, speech patterns and physical gestures means that each figure gets a multidimensional treatment.
Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
on Notes from the Field
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, part of the Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, had a successful run this summer at Berkeley Rep, and is now visiting other venues around the US. We’ve had performances at Stanford Live, the NY Public Library, and Center Stage, Baltimore. Next stop: Philadelphia, February 8 at 7:00 PM—one performance only! As always, I coach Anna in idiolects, the detailed individual speech patterns of the people she embodies in performance.