The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
I had a a lot of fun coaching top musician and record producer James Poyser for a Suggestion Box request. He was a very good sport!
It was an honor and a pleasure to coach British actress Carmen Ejogo in Coretta Scott King’s idiolect. As you can hear, her own speech pattern is very different!
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway
I coached Jessie Mueller in her Tony Award-winning performance as Carole King, and her co-star Jake Epstein, who created the role of Gerry Goffin.
The Lucky One
A.A. Milne’s seldom-revived play about sibling rivalry, produced by the Mint at the Beckett Theatre, Theatre Row. April 14–July 2, 2017.
A Day by the Sea
New York Times Critic’s Pick
A forgotten masterpiece, acted by the best ensemble cast I’ve seen in recent seasons.
Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
Women Without Men
Five Drama Desk Award nominations, two Lucille Lortel Award nominations, Broadway Alliance Award nominee.
The Brightness of Heaven aka For Heaven’s Sake!
Fall–Winter 2014, at the Cherry Lane, Off-Broadway; Summer 2015 at 710 Main, Buffalo, NY.
The New Morality
Harold Chapin’s little-known comedy was well received and extended its run twice.
Please note: Owing to important rights restrictions, Theater Close-Up is available only within the WNET viewing area. If you are unable to view the broadcast version of London Wall, I hope you’ll enjoy this teaser from our original production. That’s me in the video below, discussing my dramaturgical research for the show.
HBO YoungArts MasterClass with Anna Deavere Smith
I was the speech coach on this documentary, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. While the bulk of my work took place off-screen, you can see me in action on-screen, too. (In this excerpt, however, I’m an electric blue blur in the background at about 1:03.)
See me in action
Australian-born Rocketboom reporter Ella Morton and I have some impromptu fun in How to Talk Like a New Yorker.
The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence
At Playwrights Horizons, November–December, 2013.
A Picture of Autumn
“A PICTURE OF AUTUMN is impressive in every way,” wrote Terry Teachout in The Wall Street Journal, “and the Mint’s staging, directed with quiet intelligence by Gus Kaikkonen and acted by a top-drawer ensemble cast, is so strong that in a perfect world it would trigger a general revival of interest in Mr. Hunter’s work.”
Our third production in the Teresa Deevy Project. Set in the Irish Midlands, near the common border of Counties Westmeath and Offaly.
Set in a suburb of Manchester, England, with accents of the upper-middle class (genuine and aspirational) and working class.
The second production of the Mint’s three-play Teresa Deevy Project. Set in the Irish Midlands, near the border between Counties Westmeath and Offaly.
Agnes Under the Big Top
Agnes Under the Big Top, by Aditi Brennan Kapil, directed by Eric Ting at the Long Wharf in New Haven, CT (rolling world premiere). Accents and dialects: Liberian Standard English, Bulgarian; I also kept an ear on the two varieties of Indian accent for consistency and intelligibility.
Let Me Down Easy
I coached Anna Deavere Smith in twenty monologues, each created from verbatim excerpts of her interviews with a real person. One show; one and a half hours; twenty different people; twenty unique speech patterns.
WWII in HD
I coached Justin Bartha in a German accent for his VO narration as Jack Werner, designed to blend with the real Jack Werner’s on-screen narration.
Mr. Six Speaks!
I coached English actor Danny Teeson, who played “Mr. Six,” in his first speaking commercials for Six Flags. I had a great time working with him on the shoot, produced by Red Line Films for Ogilvy & Mather.
Cheer from Chawton, a Jane Austen Family Theatrical
Written and performed by Karen Eterovich, this solo show returned for its third engagement at the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England, as 2010’s Festival Finale production.
Flora, an Opera
World premiere of a resurrected ballad opera, Flora, with reconstructed score and additional, new music by American composer Neely Bruce, for Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC. The original Flora was the first opera ever performed in Charleston—and in the USA.
Excerpt from a short film by Katherine Sharp.