7/11/2023 - 8/1/2023
In London, we will be in the nexus of British Isles accents! Learn accents of the British Isles from a multi-cultural team of professional accents coaches working on the West End, on Oscar-winning films and on TV.
This course is for actors at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and in the profession. A beginning voice and speech class or equivalent professional experience will be required.
1) Personal Statement: Why is this course right for you at this time? Describe any relevant experience with acting in accents.
2) Resumé/Headshot (snapshot is also fine).
3) Contact information for two people who will provide references for you.
4) Include a link to a brief video introducing yourself (so we can hear your amazing accent!) and then one to two minutes of an audition monologue in any accent other than your own (does not have to be a British Isles accent).
Andrea Caban is an Associate Professor and Head of Voice and Speech at CSULB. She is a speech and accents specialist recognized world-wide within her field of teacher training for accent coaches. She co-authored the seminal text
Experiencing Speech: A Skills-Based, Panlingual Approach to Actor Training, and is currently working on the sequel,
Experiencing Accents. Acting in Accent marks her fourth time coordinating a course for CSU Summer Arts.
Summer Arts will offer group lodging arrangements from Monday July 10 to Tuesday, August 1 (22 nights). Housing is provided by Britannia Students Services at the International Hall.
When you are notified of your acceptance to the class you will receive information on how to book your lodging.
You may also make your own reservation and payment arrangements with any hotel, vacation rental, or hostel you like in London.
The following information is for estimates only. Your individual expenses may differ.
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Scholarship awards range from $100 to $2000 and about 80% of students receive scholarship assistance. Scholarship funds are only available towards tuition costs.
To apply for aid, complete the application when you apply online for admission to the course.
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Application: May 22, 2023 Acceptance notification: May 29, 2023 Housing reservation and payment (if reserving housing through Summer Arts): June 19, 2023 Insurance payment June 19, 2023 Course fees: July 7, 2023
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Hazel Holder is a performer and voice coach. She has worked with pioneering companies including the National Theatre as an associate artiste, Clod Ensemble as a performing medicine associate artist, The Mono Box, Clean Break, Marginal Voices (working with trafficked women), and CAST Women’s Charity - "helping to transform vulnerable women’s lives through creative holistic education."
Jude is a Belfast-based voice and dialect coach. She has over 25 years of experience teaching and training actors in voice, speech, and accent nationally and internationally. She has taught and coached in several settings: drama school, theatre, film and TV, in the United Kingdom and the United States.
Philip Thompson is a professor of Drama at UC Irvine, a senior teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and co-founder of Knight-Thompson Speechwork. His credits as a voice/text/accent director in professional theatres span 25 years. He frequently works with Cincinnati Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, and Utah Shakespearean Festival.
Kay is lead tutor in Voice at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and works with all aspects of the voice- technique, text and accent. She spent many years as a freelance practitioner, including work at the National Theatre, Almeida, Nottingham Playhouse, and various tours across Britain.
Salvatore Sorce is a voice, accent, and text coach, and is an associate voice teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His theatre credits include The Two Popes (UK Tour), First Touch (Nottingham Playhouse) Persuasion (UK tour), and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe). Sorce’s film credits include Silver and A Bit of Light.