Undaunted by Dialects: Reliable, Repeatable Approach to Learning New Dialects

May 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm
6026 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
$90/ $85 Friends of Wyck
Jennifer Carlson, Executive Director
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Roger Ainslie

Undaunted by Dialects: Reliable, Repeatable Approach to Learning New Dialects 

with Roger Ainslie
In this one-day workshop, dialect coach Roger Ainslie will help you build a solid, reliable, repeatable approach to learning new dialects.  Having a good ear and/or being a good mimic can help you, but it won’t take you as far as technique grounded in specifics!  Most productions these days cannot or will not hire a dialect coach so it falls to the actors to coach themselves.  Roger will teach you how!  From basic vowel substitutions to melody and tempo to vocal posture and placement, Roger will take you through a step by step methodology.  We will apply it to a specific accent over the course of the workshop, but by the end you will be able to use this technique for any dialect in any show you do!
Roger Ainslie is a professional actor, voice teacher, and dialect coach.  A graduate of Northwestern University, he has done a ton of regional theatre, independent films, and television.  His television credits include House MDiCarly, and House of Cards, acting in principle roles opposite the likes of Emmy-winner Hugh Laurie and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey.  He has also been teaching at various levels for over twenty years in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.  After getting his MFA from the University of Virginia, he recently decided to move back to the Philadelphia area where he grew up, though he is still the dialect coach for Virginia Repertory Theatre.  He is currently a professor of acting at Rowan University and a certified teacher of the Lessac Voice and Body Pedagogy.
Dialect workshop:
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • 10:00am-4:00pm with lunch break (BYO lunch)
  • Maximum of 10 students in each workshop
  • Minimum of 3 students to run each workshop
  • Workshops will take place in the Education Shed and outside, students should dress comfortably and to move around
  • $90 ticket price; $85 for Wyck members.


The workshop will be canceled 7 days before if the minimum enrollment has not been met. Refunds are permitted to students until 7 days before the workshop.

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