I began dialect coaching in 2012, and I’ve worked with theater companies from established union houses to small fringe theaters, college productions, and private clients. In the spring of 2016, I taught Dialects for the Stage to accelerated BFA and BA students at Boston University's acclaimed College of Fine Arts which allowed me to deepen my own practice with dialects and further explore the complexity of directing actors who are working in dialect.
Over the years I’ve coached seasoned Broadway and film veterans as well as young, aspiring actors and student performers with a wide range of natural ability and skill. My job as a coach is always to empower actors to reach their potential, exceed their own expectations, and inhabit their roles with more depth, freedom and truth. The result is that although certain aspects of this work are necessarily similar, the coaching process is always individualized and specific to the needs of performers and productions.
When I’m coaching a production, I’m also collaborating with the director to curate the dialects and assist the actors in their individual and collective work of bringing the director’s vision to life. This requires efficient and open communication with both director and actors, so that I can provide support that honors everyone's process and artistic integrity. I love the variety and intensity of these collaborations.
Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to chat with me in more detail about my approach and about your individual or production needs. Here is a condensed version of my voice and dialect coaching resume. A detailed, annotated version is available upon request along with references.
Production Dialect Coach – Professional Theater:
New Repertory Theatre: Good, and Assassins (dir. Jim Petosa), Muckrakers (dir. Bridget Kathleen O’Leary), A Number (dir. Clay Hopper)
Central Square Theater: A Christmas Carol (dir. Debra Wise), Operation Epsilon (dir. Andy Sandberg), Photograph 51 (dir. Daniel Gidron)
Gloucester Stage Company: To Kill A Mockingbird (dir. Judy Braha)
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre: Franklin (dir. Stephanie LeBolt)
Stoneham Theatre: The Secret Garden (dirs. Weylin Symes & Caitlin Lowans)
Happy Medium Theatre: Brendan, and Lebensraum (dir. Brett Marks)
Titanic Theatre Company: Polish Joke (dir. Sarah Gazdowicz)
Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company: Sense and Sensibility (dir. Michael Underhill)
Production Dialect Coach – College & University Theater:
Boston College, Theatre Department: Invisible (dir. Patricia Riggin)
Wellesley College Theatre: Terra Nova, and The Waiting Room (dir. Nora Hussey)
UMASS Boston: The Importance of Being Earnest (dir. Carrie Ann Quinn)
Boston University CFA: Blue/Orange (dir. Zohar Fuller)
Northeastern University, Theatre Dept.: Vinegar Tom (dir. Janet Bobcean)
Production Voice & Speech Coach:
Lesley University’s Oxford Street Players: Cymbeline, Two Noble Kinsmen, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra (dir. Annie Pluto)
The Theatre Offensive: True Colors (dir. Nick Bazo)