“Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world."
Welcome to my Workshop Series
Coaching professional Australian actors, singers and dancers to raise their vocal and performance skills, express their artistry and to aim for personal excellence is part of my joy as a coach.
On top of that, I love coaching performers to be proactive, go for their goals and to succeed. My new series of workshops in 2019 will help you achieve all that.
Below you'll find the details of my upcoming workshops in Sydney.
I look forward to the possibility of working together and to helping your skills and success goals come true!
July 2019 Workshop
Elevate & empower your General American accent
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Definition: "The power or scope to act as one pleases."
The General American accent is one of the most important dialects for an Australian actor to nail. It opens doors to film, television, theatre, musical theatre and voice-overs work – both nationally and internationally.
Australian actors are now auditioning for American roles and productions alongside American actors who naturally and effortlessly express themselves in that dialect.
Speaking in a General American accent feels like it should be easy. We hear it all the time in Australia on screen, on stage and even at home on our televisions. It sounds very familiar. Having to speak and act fluently in it though is a completely different ball game.
Audiences these days expect actors to be perfect at dialects. And when you're auditioning alongside American actors, having a 'near enough' accent isn't 'good enough'. Australian actors need to be exceptional.
This workshop will help you to:
Why work with me?
- I’ve spent 20 years coaching award winning actors including Rose Byrne, Sam Neill, David Wenham, Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Damon Herriman, Jacki Weaver, Rebel Wilson, Celeste Barber and many others for international and Australian film, television, theatre and musicals. For more details visit the Dialect Coach or Clients page.
- I’ve worked alongside Academy Award winners including film director Steven Soderbergh and coached for the top theatres including Sydney Theatre Company under the Artistic Directorship of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton.
- I’ve taught at prestigious arts institutions including the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).
- Local and international reviewers have praised my American dialects including the New York Times "Flawless mannerisms and accent", and Diana Simmonds of Stage Noise "The varied US regional & class voices astonished visiting Americans".
- I've most recently coached American accents as the Dialect Coach on the international feature film "I Am Woman" (the story of Grammy Award winning Australian singer Helen Reddy), and Opera Australia's multimillion dollar production of "West Side Story" on Sydney Harbour.
General American Accent
Tuesday 2nd July 2019 10am to 1pm
Investment: AUD $180
Perfect or brush up your General American accent in a small class setting:
- Duration: 3 hour intensive class
- Participants: maximum of 6 people
- Venue: Darlo Drama, Level One/16-18 Oxford Square, Darlinghurst
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who’s this for: Professional Australian actors wanting to perfect or brush up their General American accent.
- How many participants will you be taking: 6 participants only to receive exclusive and high level personalised focus.
- Will the workshop be run with less than 6 participants: No, the minimum number to run this workshop is 6 people.
- What level of actor do I need to be: All participants need to be experienced actors with credits in professional screen or stage productions. This is not a class for beginners or actors working in unpaid productions.
- How long is the workshop: One session of 3 hours’ duration. We will have a 5 mins break halfway through.
- What will I learn in this workshop: (a) To think, feel and sound like a local American; (b) To connect your acting, authenticity and accent; (c) To know the clear difference between the General Australian and General American dialects so you can easily switch from your own voice to that of the US you can self-monitor during your own practice; (d) To understand and explore the key voice, vowel and consonant changes required; (e) To rehearse and perfect text in your American accent; (f) To receive personal attention and feedback from a leading and experienced coach.
- When is payment due: Full payment is due on registration to secure your place in this small class.
- What is the workshop cancellations & refund policy: (a) There is a no-cancellations or refunds policy for this workshop; (b) Refunds are available if a workshop is cancelled; (c) Places are non-refundable and non-transferrable to another workshop or to a private coaching session.
- What if I can’t come: You are welcome to on-sell your booking to another professional actor to attend in your place. As this workshop is for professional and experienced actors only, please provide details of the new actor attending in your place so they receive all course confirmation details and any updates emailed to participants.
Testimonial: Damon Herriman
"When I was cast in Clint Eastwood's film "J. Edgar" as a German who'd spent eight years in the Bronx, I knew I'd need a pretty amazing dialect coach to help me pull it off! Jennifer came highly recommended and she did not disappoint. Not only does she make you feel completely at ease, but her attention to detail; her research; her ear for accents; her ability for not only hearing but speaking accents - are all second to none. Could not have done it without her."
Coached his dialects for: Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner, Steven Soderbergh's Tot Mom, Nash Edgerton's Mr InBetween and Brendan Cowell's The Outlaw Michael Howe. Damon will be seen in 2019 as Charles Manson in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.