About Your Dialect Coach
Well, hi there!
I am a dialect and voice coach based in Portland, Oregon; I've been coaching since 2016 and I love helping actors explore their voices and connect with new sounds. Putting my nerdy obsession with dialects and all things voice aside, I do actually have some credentials! I hold a BFA in Theatre Performance from Central Washington University, and my coaching approach is grounded in Knight Thompson Speechwork.
Additionally, courtesy of the Betty Evans Shakespeare Scholarship, I spent 2014-2015 studying dialects and classical theater in London. During this time, I researched regionalisms and then traveled around England gathering recordings for my regional English dialect guidebook for actors. I applied this knowledge when I worked as a dialect coach for Defunkt Theater's production of Blasted by Sarah Kane, which had a focus on South London and West Yorkshire dialects and again when I coached The Mystery of Edwin Drood for the Metropolitan Community Theater Project, which had a focus on British Standard, Cockney, and Sri Lankan dialects.
Other notable voice/dialect coaching includes Defunkt Theatre's production of The Pride (Cockney, RP, West Country), Milagro Theatre's production of The Mermaid Hour (Boston Back Bay), Metropolitan Performing Art's Madeline's Christmas (French, RP, Russian), and BattleGround Production's The Christmas Case: A Lady Brass Mystery (RP, German).
I have a lot of dialects up my sleeve (and if I don't know the one you want help with, I have a good ear & a system, so I can learn pretty quickly).