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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… to client Gina Costigan, who writes:
I got the Polish part on that feature Halal Daddy!!!!!! I’ve got work on it from May throughout June. We fooled them!! I can’t thank you enough!!!!
Every last woman (or girl) on stage gives a stellar performance in every way, and that extends to A-plus dialect work under coach Amy Stoller.
Michael Portantiere, Talkin’ Broadway
on Women Without Men
Amy Stoller’s Accents (and Dramaturgy – always read this edifying part of Mint’s program) add immeasurably to atmosphere.
Alix Cohen, Woman Around Town
on Women Without Men
My most recent project at the Mint Theater Company, Women Without Men, explored 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 1930s.
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 was a blast working with Luke Rampersad as Lennox and Brian d’Arcy James as Beethoven on the Golden Globe winning Mozart in the Jungle, Season 2, Episode 9 “Amusia.” You can stream it via Amazon, and you can watch Luke’s clips by clicking the video above.
Smith embodied more than a dozen characters and shifted seamlessly from person to person.
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 in summer 2015 at Berkeley Rep, and has since been visiting other venues around the US. We’ve had performances at Stanford Live, the NY Public Library, Center Stage, Baltimore, Philadelphia Theatre Company; most recently Anna and composer-accompanist Marcus Shelby performed excerpts in New York City as part of “Race in America” at Trinity Church. As always, I continue to coach Anna in idiolects, the detailed individual speech patterns of the real people she embodies in performance. Watch this page for news of further performances.