New! Discount Production Dialect Coaching using videoconferencing option! See Below.
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.
Do you have a stage or screen role, or an upcoming audition, where the character is from another country, or a specific region of the US? If so, you need to be able to speak with a different accent or dialect. The best way to do that is to get lessons from a Dialect Coach.
Private Individual Dialect Coaching*
A lesson in the chosen dialect is given. You get:
Production Dialect Coaching: Production Dialect Coaching involves working with the cast of a production on one or more dialects. Most of my production dialect coaching has been done in-person over the years. Covid-19 has put a stop to that for now. However, artistic directors, actors, directors, filmmakers and voice actors, are finding new ways to keep working at their craft while, at the same time, keeping themselves and their audiences safe.
The same must be true for Dialect Coaching.
Due to the pandemic, I have worked with all clients exclusively using video conferencing on Zoom, and it works very well. Regardless of the pandemic, there are solid reasons to take advantage of production dialect coaching via live video conference. Whether you are planning an online performance, or need dialect coaching when theaters open up again, you can save hassles by holding your cast's dialect session online.
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A Word About Dialect Authenticity
Authenticity is certainly a goal for an actor learning a dialect. And yet, the first job of an actor is to be seen and heard. If an audience cannot understand what you are saying, it doesn't matter how authentic your dialect is.
A while back, a writer on the internet was bemoaning the fact that he has never heard perfectly authentic Scottish dialect in movies. The fact is, some authentic Scottish dialects can be very difficult for non-Scottish people to understand. So we strive for a dialect that is authentic sounding, yet adjusted, when necessary, so as to be understandable to the audience.
This concept is hilariously illustrated in a video of an SNL sketch with James McAvoy and Kate McKinnon as "Scottish Air Traffic Controllers".
If someone you know likes dialects and wants some instruction, you can purchase a gift certificate for one or more lessons.
You may purchase lessons over the phone using secure credit card payment through SQUARE.
You receive a receipt, and a gift certificate detailing the lesson made out in the name of the person receiving the gift lesson(s).
The receiver of the gift then calls to specify the dialect and set up an appointment.
* For individual coaching in-studio, those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.