Standard American Accent with Liz McLaughlin

$495.00


WHEN:
September 8 – October 27, 2019 (Every Sunday for 8 weeks)
10:00am – 1:00pm
WHERE: 2333 Ontario Street, Vancouver
PARTICIPANTS: Only 12 Seats available!
FOR: 19+
FEES: $495 (tax included).
CANCELLATION POLICY: There are no refunds for this class. Students are allowed to find replacements for the classes they miss.
VIDEO CLIPS: Students are required to bring a Standard SD Card to classes & workshops so they may review their work outside of class.


The majority of shows we audition for in Vancouver are set in America. It is assumed by directors, producers, and network executives that we sound American. The twang of an unauthentic American accent can limit our chances of booking a role no matter how good our audition was. Having a bullet proof Standard American Accent is what Liz McLaughlin will teach you. More importantly, the difference between a Standard American Accent and the American Accent they are looking for.

The components of a great Dialect Study are:

  • Oral Posture
  • Speech Sounds
  • Prosody

In an ideal world you would have all the skills you need to teach yourself the keys to a new dialect. This isn’t always possible, of course. But we can learn the basics:

  • Understanding your vocal apparatus.
  • Training your ear to distinguish between subtle Speech Sounds.
  • Learning to understand some basics of phonetics to be better able to work with dialect training books and recordings.
  • Understanding the role resonance plays in a dialect
  • Understanding the role prosody/ musicality plays in a dialect.

Liz McLaughlin

Elizabeth has recently been seen in a lead role in UNLEASHING MR. DARCY on the Hallmark Channel. Other recent appearences include THE FLASH, GRACEPOINT, EMPTY CRADLE, WHEN CALLS THE HEART, ALMOST HUMAN, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS. Other Credits Include: FAIRLY LEGAL, SUPERNATURAL, GIRL IN PROGRESS, FRINGE, PSYCH, INTO THE GARDEN, MASTERS OF HORROR, CRIMINAL MINDS, HUSH, THE CONDEMNED, MYSTERIOUS WAYS, SMALLVILLE, THE OUTER LIMITS, BREAKING NEWS, COLD SQUAD, AFTERSHOCK, DEAD MAN’S GUN, MILLENNIUM and SLEEPWALKERS.

Elizabeth’s Stage credits include: WHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, AGAMEMNON, ‘TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING , HOMEWARD BOUND, HELEN’S NECKLACE, SISTERS ( Jessie Nomination) NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, THE STONE ANGEL, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, THE WIZARD OF OZ, AS YOU LIKE IT, THE BEGGAR’S OPERA, ROMEO AND JULIET, MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, CASTRATO, LOVES LABOUR’S LOST, TWELFTH NIGHT AND FUNKER RAUCH.

Liz coaches Speech and Dialects for the Vancouver Film Industry where she has worked on: BATES MOTEL, MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, THE WHISPERS, GRACEPOINT, THE RETURNED, PROOF, RUSH, FALLING SKIES, IF I STAY, THE KILLING, FRINGE, A MOMENT IN TIME, HAMLET, LOBBY HERO and DEADLY.


For students interested in taking two or more classes per week – Email us for the ActorVan Studios Bundle Discount: marc@actorvan.com or call: 604 805 3291

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Description

Many classes will involve listening to sound samples either audio or in film with discussion to follow. 

Week 1: Fundamentals of Dialect work. 

Components of a Great Dialect:

  • Oral Posture, Speech Sounds and Prosody

Understanding your Vocal Apparatus:

  • Exploration of the key anatomical features associated with Dialect study. 
  • Speech focused warm up
  • How to approach the work without fear
  • Exploration of sound
  • Review 
  • Intro to Speech sounds and Ear training

Week 2: Review and Intro to Speech Sounds

  • Warm up
  • Exploration of resonance
  • Exploration of placement

Week 3: Review and further into Speech Sounds Begin Ear training.

  • Warm up
  • Review
  • Speech sounds Continued.
  • Application with text

Week 4:  Review and American dialects exploration pt. 1

  • Warm up
  • Review
  • Intro to: So Called General American or Non Regional American
  • Exploration of Oral Posture of SCGA
  • Exploration of Speech Sounds of SCGA
  • Exploration of Prosody of SCGA
  • Application to text

Week 5:  Review and American dialects exploration pt. 2

  • Warm up
  • Review
  • Resonance of SCGA
  • Presentation of homework

Week 6:  Review and American Dialects exploration pt. 3

  • Warm up
  • Review
  • Studying SCGA on film
  • Exploration in Text

Week 7: Review and rehearsal of text w/ notes

  • Warm up
  • Review
  • SCGA in Film
  • Exploration in text

Week 8: Review and presentation of text

  • Warm up
  • Review
  • SCGA in other mediums
  • Speech sounds in Advertising
  • Exploration in Text
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