"I needed help fast. I was cast in a show where I had to speak in a Hungarian accent. It needed to be understood and funny. Kelli emailed me the materials and links to examples within 24 hours and we were able to Skype and work on the accent from the comfort of my home in Chicago. My accent was a success due to Kelli's ability to speak to me not only in technical terms but emotional ones as well and the wealth of information she provided for support." Gail Rastorfer, Chicago Actress
Brush up an accent before tomorrow's CBS audition!
Get a head start on practicing for that Regional show!
The handouts I've created separate the substitutions of the dialect between Vowels and Consonants, and include a brief history on the dialect itself. I encourage my students to start early, start slowly (especially if they've never had to do a dialect before), and listen!
What You'll Get
Each 1 hour session includes...
~ A packet and a comprehensive overview of what the substitutions are, and which to start with
~ A list of source materials and media suggestions
~ Sessions may involve (but are not limited to)...
- Phonetic Drills
- Listening Exercises
- Playback of your progress
- Scoring your script/sides using the International
Again, just like with Accent Reduction, the number of sessions required depends upon adeptability. Regardless of the number of meetings we have, it is essential that you work in between to show improvement.
"Kelli did the dialect coaching for my production of Top Girls with an all undergraduate cast. Her dialect packets for each character were impeccable and of enormous help to the students. Her individual coaching was excellent and all the young women in the show were able to be successful. Kelli simply did a marvelous job." ~ Cathy Albers, Professor @ Case Western Reserve University
The following Dialects are available for Coaching...
BRITISH: Cockney, Estuary, North Country, Standard
British/RP, and Welsh
AMERICAN SOUTHERN: Both the Rhotic version that you would find in areas like say West Virginia, the Appalachians, and the Non-Rhotic that you would find in the more Southern States; plantation south (think "Gone With the Wind")
AUSTRALIAN: Three main varieties; Broad, General, and Cultivated
JAPANESE: The version of the Japanese Dialect that I coached was for a production of Top Girls. Based on the
history and the character, I used the Kansai (or "Kinki") dialect, which is typified by the speech of Osaka and is characterized by being both more melodic in tone and certain harsher consonant sounds by speakers of the standard language.