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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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.)
It’s not quite accurate to call this a one-woman show: Smith is so adept at channeling the voices, inflections and unique characteristics of each interview subject, it’s as if they’re onstage. … she transforms multiple voices into gripping theatrical roles.
Georgia Rowe, San Francisco Examiner
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 and the New York Public Library, and are gearing up for dates in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. As always, I coach Anna in idiolects, the detailed individual speech patterns of the people she embodies in performance.
Well directed with an impressive cast. Lovely detailed sets … dialect coaching by Amy Stoller. Don’t miss this one.
Glenda Frank, New York Theatre Wire
on The New Morality
Harold Chapin’s little-known comedy, The New Morality, was well received and extended its run twice. You can see excerpts from our dress rehearsal and our first rehearsal above, and read our program here.
The opening night audience clearly enjoyed hearing the distinctive working class Buffalo accent reflected back to us in a way many of us have not heard since Ray Flynn’s and Your Host closed.
Anthony Chase, Artvoice
on For Heaven’s Sake!
Last season’s sellout production of The Brightness of Heaven was was an audience hit at 710 Main in Buffalo, under the new title For Heaven’s Sake!