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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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Course dates

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Application deadline

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COURSE NUMBER/CREDITS

Undergraduate: DANCE 421, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: DANCE 621, 3 units

MATERIALS FEE

None

WHO SHOULD APPLY

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and other dancers interested in improving the quality of their performance. Performance quality in various styles, including modern, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre, will be explored. Previous performance experience and an intermediate/advanced level of dance is preferred.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit a brief resume and bio and attach a 200-word personal statement describing your interest in this course.
  • Submit/upload the materials listed above when you apply online by May 14, 2018.

COURSE COORDINATOR

Professor Amy Allen
636-667-3360


Guest Artists

All guest artists are subject to change.


Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

Six-time Emmy nominee Mandy Moore is a world-class director, producer, choreographer, and dancer best known for her groundbreaking work on the global television hit, "So You Think You Can Dance."

Her recent work includes the "2017 Academy Awards," the "2017 Golden Globe Awards," the 2017 Target Grammy spot, the "2017 Grammy Awards" opening number, a fashion film with David O. Russell for Prada, Disney’s 60th Anniversary Celebration on ABC, and Damien Chazelle’s original movie musical "La La Land," the recipient of seven Golden Globe Awards and six Academy Awards. Her other credits include the Oscar-nominated films "American Hustle" and "Silver Linings Playbook"; FOX’s hit shows, "Glee" and "American Idol"; and Cirque du Soleil’s "My Immortal." As a leader in the entertainment industry, Mandy also takes time to teach and educate the next generation of dance talent.

Ryan Heffington

Ryan Heffington – sirheffington.com

Ryan Heffington equally fulfills titles of performing artist, choreographer, designer, promoter, and dance guru. High art enthusiasts have experienced his electrifying work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum L.A.C.E. gallery, and MOCA, where his three-month residency, "HEFFINGTON MOVES MOCA," included an interactive dance performance -- dance installations where patrons were encouraged to sketch live dance.

His other noteworthy credits include Muse's "Uprising" performance on the Grammys and the latest Evian "Live Young" commercial featuring animated dancing babies. Ryan has more than 10 music videos under his dance belt, and "Tonight’s Today" video by Jack Penate (directed by Alma H’arel) was nominated for Best Video by UK MVA’s 2009. Ryan is co-artistic director of critically acclaimed Hysterica Dance Company who in 2008 celebrated 10 years of raw, rapturous dance in Los Angeles. Part punk with technique to die for and imagery worthy of high fashion magazines, Hysterica remains on the cutting edge of what dance is today. Ryan was nominated for Best Male Performer, Best Small Group Ensemble, and Costume Design by the Horton Awards for his work with Hysterica.

Tina Landon

Tina Landon

Tina Landon’s sensual and provocative moves have become the landscape for popular music dance choreography for the last 15 years. Some of her signature moves can be seen performed by artists like Willow Smith, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Tina Turner, Britney Spears, and Shakira. Tina left her home in Lancaster, California, to pursue her dreams in Hollywood.

Auditioning for various dance ensembles around town, she landed a gig as a Laker girl. Tina was well on her way, but what could be considered a big break would be just the beginning when she was booked as principal dancer for Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" music video. Tina's hard work and commitment proved to be beneficial when fellow Laker Girl Paula Abdul cast her for Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done for Me Lately" music video. She later went on to tour with Janet during her "Rhythm Nation" tour. Tina also choreographed Janet's music video for "If "and her "Velvet Rope" tour. Tina is a five-time MTV Choreography Award nominee and an MTV Award recipient for Michael and Janet Jackson's "Scream" and for Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca." She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her outstanding work on the "Velvet Rope" tour, which was an HBO special.

Antonio Douthit-Boyd

Antonio Douthit-Boyd

In 2015, Antonio Douthit-Boyd was named co-artistic director of Dance of COCA, where he began his dance training at age 16 under the direction of Lee Nolting. Antonio returned to COCA after 11 years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He also trained at the Alexandra School of Ballet, the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem School.

Antonio became a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1999 and appeared in featured roles in the ballets South African Suite, Dougla, Concerto in F, Return, and Dwight Rhoden’s Twist. He was promoted to soloist in 2003. He also performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal.

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