it all began...
… when I was an actor with a special knack for performing in accents and dialects. Over time my career emphasis shifted toward helping others (like you!) achieve the same level of skill in speech work.
This year (2017), I celebrate 20 years as Resident Dialect Designer (and frequent Dramaturge) at Off-Broadway’s award-winning Mint Theater Company. I’m proud to have worked at many other fine New York theatre companies, including Boomerang, Cherry Lane Theatre, Drama League DirectorFest, Keen, Origin, Parity, Playwrights Horizons, and the late, great Pearl; also many regional companies including the A.R.T., Long Wharf, People’s Light & Theatre, Peterborough Players, and Piccolo Spoleto.
In addition to accents and dialects from around the world, I specialize in idiolects (unique speech patterns). For instance, I’ve helped …
- Jessie Mueller (Tony Award) learn Carole King’s accent for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
- Carmen Ejogo (NAACP Image Award, Black Reel Award) learn Coretta Scott King’s speech pattern for Selma
- Anna Deavere Smith portray hundreds of people in their own words and voices for Notes from the Field, Let Me Down Easy, and other productions
- Justin Bartha to blend his speech with the real-life Jack Werner’s speech for WWII in HD
In private practice, I work with performers aged nine to ninety in New York and via remote-video services such as Skype. I’ve given workshops and seminars for arts and language organizations. I’ve published articles on aspects of dialect work; also on theatre, film, and literature. And I’m proud to be an officer of VASTA, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.