DialectsCoach.com - John Rustan
Virus update: DialectsCoach.com uses Video Conferencing to provide dialect and accent reduction services to clients nationally and internationally. Click to see our VIDEO CONFERENCING page. It's easy, it works and, most importantly, it's safe.
189 Webster St
Petaluma CA 94952
what is dialect coaching?
Clients learn sound changes, vocal mechanics, and intonation patterns associated with speaking English like someone from a particular region of the US or from another country. For further information on private and production dialect coaching, see our DIALECT COACHING page.
Who benefits from dialect coaching?
Directors of plays requiring dialects.
Stage and Film Actors auditioning for, or having recently acquired, a dialect part.
Voice Actors looking to add more interesting voices to their repertoire.
People who want to learn a dialect for fun.
Click COACHING HISTORY to see dialects coached both for productions and individual clients.
what is accent reduction?
Accent Reduction is learning to reduce the accent you have relative to General American English. Some people want to sound more like those around them for business or personal reasons. Click for the ACCENT REDUCTION page.
what is vocal PRODUCTION?
WHY DO I NEED A COACH?
As your coach, JOHN RUSTAN will:
wHY john rustan?
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AUDITION COACHING explained
Get expert coaching for any important audition, or general coaching in audition strategies.
URTA (University and Resident Theatre Association) type auditions. Two contrasting monologues (one classical). Used for university, college, even high school theatre program admission.
IRENE RYAN SCHOLARSHIP auditions for college students.
Monologues, cold reading technique, call-backs for individual roles, how to dress, audition etiquette, selecting the right material, and many more tips on how to audition well.
Recent Auditioning Client, Caroline Edmundson, auditionied for Marin School for the Arts in California, and three programs in London: Sylvia Young Theatre School, Arts Ed, and Italia Conti. She was accepted to all four programs and will be starting at Arts Ed this Fall, 2020.
Click for more information on AUDITION COACHING.
In the past few months . . . While theaters are still closed, Accent Reduction has taken center stage (pun intended). Using Zoom or FaceTime, lessons are on-going for those wishing to learn General American and reduce native accents. Most recently and currently I am working with clients from:
SUCCESS STORY: Audition coaching client, Caroline Edmundson has been auditioning for several prestigious high school program applied to:
RECENT PRODUCTION COACHING (pre-Coronavirus)
British RP, London Middle Class, Yorkshire, The Real Inspector Hound, CGHS
Scots, Irish, British RP, Cockney, Murder Me Once, CGHS
British RP Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberly, Spreckels Theatre
British RP and Cockney A Gentlemen's Guide to Love and Murder, Spreckels Theatre
Puerto Rican West Side Story, 6th Street Playhouse
German Cabaret, Cinnabar Theatre
As recently as March 2020, just prior to the Coronavirus lock-down, I worked with several dialect clients and productions (see above). I am looking forward to when theatre can safely be re-opened so that actors, directors, creative directors, and producers of theatre can go back to work -- not to mention dialect coaches. -- JR
From anywhere in the world by video conference: San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, anywhere in the world with internet connection.
See the VIDEO CONFERENCE PAGE
JAMES BOND ACTRESS, HONOR BLACKMAN, CHOSE ACCENT REDUCTION OVER NEW BIKE
When she was young, the late actress, Honor Blackman's father gave her a choice of a brand new bicycle or lessons to change her Cockney dialect. She chose the lessons. The rest is history as she became a "memorable James Bond adversary" in the film Goldfinger. Here's a link to the full article. (New York Times, April 6, 2020)k here to edit.