From Current and Former Clients...
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Kelli is a brilliant accent dialect coach. Her approach is both incredibly clear and yet collaborative. She cares deeply about your approach as an artist and goes above and beyond to make sure your sounds are accurate and specific. As an actor, I won’t go to an audition that requires accent work without working with Kelli first. As a top audition coach, I refer all my clients her way. Kelli Ruttle is the real deal. ~ Aaron Galligan-Stierle, NYC Actor and Coach
Kelli is a great teacher. My primary goal from the lessons was to find and fix my pronunciation errors. She was enormously helpful with them. She even pointed out the errors that I had not noticed before, and constantly checked if I spoke them properly throughout the lessons. I am glad to know you, Kelli. ~ Sangki Kim, South Korea
Here’s all any actor needs to know about Kelli Ruttle. She's a terrific actor herself, and thus knows the process. Kelli is very well trained in technique, both for acting and voice. She’s very smart, flexible, and fast getting you an appointment time and materials you can print out. She’s specific, works you with patience, has a phenomenal ear, and is encouraging and supportive. Lastly, she always asks me to let her know how my audition went. Get Kelli to help you with any vocal needs. Trust Kelli. You will be properly prepared. I have been, very happily, many times. ~ Kevin Kilner, NYC Actor
Kelli helped me prepare for a Broadway final callback that required 3 different accents. The prep materials she sent in advance were so helpful, and by the end of our session I felt totally confident about nailing the accents. She knows her stuff and is a great teacher! ~ Maggie Hollinbeck, NYC Actress
Kelli is incredible! I came to her feeling pretty hopeless about wrapping my mouth around a Polish accent, as I had never done it and had never been very strong in Easter European dialects. She approached the session with concrete, easily understandable tips, breaking down the speech patterns for me in a way that made sense (I hadn't ever had formal dialect training before). In half an hour I left feeling confident and excited about the audition we had prepared together. Kelli's patience, encouragement and enthusiasm put me immediately at ease. She's the only person I'll turn to the next time I need dialect work! ~ Rebecca Croll, Montreal, Quebec Actress
You are an amazing teacher and made me feel so comfortable in an accent I've never been able to do so it allowed me to be free!!! I am thrilled with today because of you. Thank you. ~ Evelyn Howe, NYC Actress
Kelli is a wonderfully kind, supportive and patient dialect coach. I called her for help at the last minute for a Broadway audition and she made herself readily available for which I was grateful, as I have a busy schedule. She quickly put me at ease and I felt I was dealing with someone who truly knows their stuff. She made me feel confident and prepared going into my audition and that is absolutely invaluable. I will certainly be coming back should I need help with dialect in the future! ~ Megan Medley, NYC Actress
I’ve had the relief and pleasure of working with Kelli for the last few years, on stage and in preparation for high stakes auditions. She’s glorious. I’m first and foremost a visual learner. (Not great for accents, right?) First, Kelli sends written notes, with information about the region the dialect comes from, and with a list of resources to listen to. Then, scoring the sides with me, she listens intently to what’s coming naturally to me (and what habits are tripping me up). She coaches and models with her encyclopedic breadth of talent and knowledge. I feel solidly prepared and completely confident in the dialect quickly. She’s kind, supportive, attentive, and wise. Kelli is a gem! ~ Brenny Rabine, NYC Actress
When I signed up to learn a Russian dialect with Kelli I was more than a little intimidated. I have never thought I was any good at dialects. The way Kelli worked with me was so simple and straightforward that by the end of my first lesson I felt I had really made a breakthrough! By the end of my second lesson I felt like I could go on an audition for a Russian character with confidence. ~ Sara Vitale, Vermont Actress
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
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.
~ Catherine Albers, Cleveland Actress and Director
Kelli has been a wonderful resource. She illuminates the process, and then collaborates to enable discovery and organic results. Kelli is my go-to person for anything dialect related; for auditions, for rehearsal, and performance. ~ Jeffrey Grover, NYC Actor