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Acting in Accent

Course dates

July 2 to July 15, 2018

Application deadline

April 30, 2018

  • Perform any accent! Join top Broadway and Hollywood accent coaches and learn the skills to accurately and convincingly perform any character’s accent.
  • Add an important layer of storytelling to your acting with accent work.
  • Practice the skills to integrate accent work into your acting.
  • Receive individualized performance coaching with leading accent coaches.
  • Display your skills in a public student showcase performance.

COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

undergraduate: DRAMA 420, 3 units
graduate/postbac: DRAMA 620, 3 units

MATERIALS FEE

none

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Actors (including voice actors) at an advanced level. A background in and affinity for voicework and International Phonetic Alphabet, and experience with accents is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Submit a (one page max) letter of interest stating your experience in voice and accent training, and how this course in particular will support you in your performance training goals at this time. Additionally, submit a performance resume. You will be contacted to schedule an audition interview following receipt of your application.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by April 30, 2018.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Andrea Caban
917-923-3439


Guest Artists

Phil Thompson – ktspeechwork.com

Phil Thompson is a founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork (KTS), a skills-based approach to training actors for detailed and nuanced accent work. Through the KTS Teacher Certification Program, he is training the accent coaches of the next generation. KTS coaches trained by Phil have gone on to coach A-list actors in major motion pictures and TV projects (including Rogue One and the upcoming Murder on the Orient Express starring Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley), and have been featured as accent experts on countless viral videos (Wired Magazine and HowCast.com among them). Phil is the head of Voice and Text at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) where he has been resident coach since 1999. He has coached more than one hundred shows at USF, and has coached 28 of the 37 plays in the Shakespearean canon. His work extends beyond Shakespeare, and he is often called in to work on plays with accents or unusual vocal demands. He has worked at numerous professional companies around the country including five recipients of the Regional Theatre Tony Award: South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Over the past 20 years he has coached more than 175 professional productions. Phil is a full Professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Drama and a designated Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework.

Dawn-Elin Fraser

Dawn-Elin Fraser isHead of Voice and Speech for New Studio on Broadway/NYU and is also on the voice faculty at Yale School of Drama. HerBroadway accent coaching credits include Finding Neverland, Waitress, and the upcoming Once On this Island. Her Off-Broadway credits include Nat Turner in Jerusalem, SOJOURNERS, Her Portmanteau (NYTW), Barbeque (The Public), Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature), and Invisible Thread (Second Stage). National tours include The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Finding Neverland, and Waitress.

Jane Guyer Fujita

Jane Guyer Fujita is an Assistant Arts Professor in the department of Graduate Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has coached accents and dialects for productions on Broadway as well as at the American Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Primary Stages, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, Signature Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater, Ugly Rhino, and Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. She has coached accents for various film and television productions including Z: the Beginning of Everything, Red Oaks, and Power. She also has a private voice and speech coaching practice in New York City. Her previous teaching appointments include positions at the MFA training programs at the Yale School of Drama, the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University. Jane is the recipient of three certificates of distinction in teaching from Harvard University. She has worked with numerous graduate and professional acting students, preparing them for the voice and accent demands of the twenty-first century, both on stage and on screen. Jane is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework.

Nathan C. Crocker

Nathan C. Crocker is a professional actor, teacher and coach based in the New York City area. He is currently the speech instructor for Mason Gross School for the Arts BFA/MFA Acting Conservatory program at Rutgers University, focusing primarily on KT Speechwork. He has taught vocal production for the Atlantic Theatre Company/NYU BFA acting program, and voice and speech for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. His voice and dialect coaching credits include Detroit ’67 at Chautauqua Theatre Company, Too Heavy For Your Pocket at Roundabout Theatre Company, The Laramie Project at Marymount Manhattan College, and Passion Play at Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre Festival. He has also served as Artistic Associate and voice/dialect coach for Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre in CA. Nathan is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework.

Ron Carlos

Rob Carlos is a New York-based voice, speech and dialect coach. He currently teaches speech and dialects at the Yale School of Drama, and has taught at Harvard University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, Atlantic Theatre School (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The National Student Leadership Conference, and Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford. His Broadway coaching credits include The Glass Menagerie, and It's Only a Play. His Off-Broadway credits include Privacy, Plenty, Sweat, Party People, and Gently Down the Stream (The Public Theater). His regional credits include Mary Jane, Assassins, Seven Guitars, WAR (Yale Rep), Grounded (Westport Country Playhouse), The Piano Lesson (Hartford Stage), Misalliance, Love's Labour's Lost (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), The Lily's Revenge, The Snow Queen (American Repertory Theater), and Master Harold…and the Boys (Gloucester Stage Company). Ron’s film and television credits include Orange is the New Black (Netflix), Madam Secretary (CBS), Power (STARZ), Unforgettable (CBS) and Fringe(Fox), Look Away, and The Week Of. He is proud to have received his MFA in Voice and Speech Pedagogy from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

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Acting In Accent

Course dates

July 2 to July 15, 2018

Application deadline

April 30, 2018

  • Perform any accent! Join top Broadway and Hollywood accent coaches and learn the skills to accurately and convincingly perform any character’s accent.
  • Add an important layer of storytelling to your acting with accent work.
  • Practice the skills to integrate accent work into your acting.
  • Receive individualized performance coaching with leading accent coaches.
  • Display your skills in a public student showcase performance.

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COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

Undergraduate: DRAMA 420, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DRAMA 620, 3 units

MATERIALS FEE

None

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Actors (including voice actors) at an advanced level. A background in and affinity for voicework and International Phonetic Alphabet and experience with accents is a plus.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit a letter of interest (one page, maximum) stating your experience in voice and accent training and how this course will support you in your performance training goals. Additionally, submit a performance resume and a 30-60 second video of you acting in any accent. You will be contacted to schedule an audition interview following receipt of your application.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by April 30, 2018.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Andrea Caban
562-985-7983


Guest Artists

Phil Thompson – ktspeechwork.com

Phil Thompson is a founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork (KTS), a skills-based approach to training actors for detailed and nuanced accent work. Through the KTS Teacher Certification Program, he trains the accent coaches of the next generation. KTS coaches trained by Phil have gone on to coach A-list actors in major motion pictures and TV projects, including "Rogue One" and "Murder on the Orient Express" starring Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley, and have been featured as accent experts on countless viral videos (Wired Magazine and HowCast.com among them).

Phil is the head of Voice and Text at the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) where he has been resident coach since 1999. He has coached more than 100 shows at USF and has coached 28 of the 37 plays in the Shakespearean canon. His work extends beyond Shakespeare, and he is often called in to work on plays with accents or unusual vocal demands. He has worked at numerous professional companies around the country, including five recipients of the Regional Theatre Tony Award: South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Denver Center Theatre Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Over the past 20 years he has coached more than 175 professional productions. Phil is a full professor at UC Irvine in the Department of Drama and a designated Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework.

Dawn-Elin Fraser

Dawn-Elin Fraser is Head of Voice and Speech for New Studio on Broadway/NYU and is also on the voice faculty at Yale School of Drama. HerBroadway accent coaching credits include "Finding Neverland," "Waitress," and the upcoming "Once On this Island."

Her Off-Broadway credits include "Nat Turner in Jerusalem," "SOJOURNERS," "Her Portmanteau (NYTW)," "Barbeque" (The Public), "Our Lady of Kibeho" (Signature), and "Invisible Thread" (Second Stage). National tours include the Gershwins' "Porgy and Bess," "Finding Neverland," and "Waitress."

Jade Payton

Jade Payton is a film and television actor based in Los Angeles. She received her BA in theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She then went on to complete her MFA in Acting at UC Irvine. There, she met her mentor Phil Thompson, who inspired her continued love of speech and voice work. She hopes to continue her work and eventually become a prominent voice in the speech teaching community with a focus on uplifting and empowering other black artists to explore all that speech work can offer them in their crafts and in their lives. Most recently, she can be seen as Jordan on iZombie on the CW.

Nathan C. Crocker

Nathan C. Crocker is a professional actor, teacher and coach based in the New York City area. He is currently the speech instructor for the Mason Gross School for the Arts BFA/MFA Acting Conservatory program at Rutgers University, focusing primarily on KT Speechwork. He has taught vocal production for the Atlantic Theatre Company/NYU BFA acting program and voice and speech for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

His voice and dialect coaching credits include "Detroit ’67" at Chautauqua Theatre Company, "Too Heavy For Your Pocket" at Roundabout Theatre Company, "The Laramie Project" at Marymount Manhattan College, and "Passion Play "at Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre Festival. He has also served as Artistic Associate and voice/dialect coach for Santa Rosa Summer Rep Theatre in California. Nathan is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice® Voicework.

Ron Carlos

Ron Carlos is a New York-based voice, speech and dialect coach. He currently teaches speech and dialects at the Yale School of Drama and has taught at Harvard University, City College of New York, Marymount Manhattan College, Atlantic Theatre School (NYU/Tisch School of the Arts), The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The National Student Leadership Conference, and Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford.

His Broadway coaching credits include "The Glass Menagerie" and "It's Only a Play." His Off-Broadway credits include "Privacy," "Plenty," "Sweat," "Party People," and "Gently Down the Stream" (The Public Theater). His regional credits include "Mary Jane," "Assassins," "Seven Guitars," "WAR "(Yale Rep), "Grounded" (Westport Country Playhouse), "The Piano Lesson" (Hartford Stage), "Misalliance," "Love's Labour's Lost " (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey), "The Lily's Revenge," "The Snow Queen" (American Repertory Theater), and "Master Harold…and the Boys" (Gloucester Stage Company). Ron’s film and television credits include "Orange is the New Black "(Netflix), "Madam Secretary" (CBS), "Power "(Starz), "Unforgettable" (CBS) and "Fringe" (Fox), "Look Away," and "The Week Of." He is proud to have received his MFA in Voice and Speech Pedagogy from the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

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