Geography Lesson

Dialect Coaching for Actors

We will examine the four 'P's' of accent work:

  • Posture (as in Oral Posture or Vocal Tract Posture) - this is the resting place and physical tendencies of the accent,

  • Prosody - this is the rhythm and pitch patterns of the accent

  • Pronunciation - these are the sounds that are used in this accent and how the lexical sets are distributed

  • People - This is the cultural context of the accent.

I have done accent work with established actors and accent modification work with clients from all over the world. So far I have worked with Standard Southern British English, Modern RP,  South East London, Estuary, Esssex, Traditional Received Pronunciation, Heightened RP, Multicultural London English, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Mancunian, Birmingham, Geordie, Liverpool, Bristol, Sussex, Cornwall, General American, New York,  Alabamian, AAVE, Virginian, Georgian, Dublin, Belfast, South Wales, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glaswegian, Thai, Polish, Romanian, Hebrew, Russian, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, German, Greek, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Yoruba, and Zimbabwean.

 

You can find further information about my phonetics and accent experience and training on the page "My Background"

I am currently teaching accents and production coaching at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

For those of you looking for further resources and recommendations for developing your accent work you will find many suggestions on the page "Learning Resources"
 

My rates are £70 per hour or £95 for an hour and a half.

Dialect Coaching for Actors Testimonials

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I have worked with Chris on RP, General American, New York and Southern American accents for acting jobs and have found him to be a terrific tutor - helpful, encouraging, clear and friendly. I'd highly recommend getting in touch with him for accent work.

Seylan Baxter, actress (Dr Who, Macbeth, Outlander etc)