American Dialect Course by Point Break drama
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American Dialect Course
An authentic Standard American accent is not just another desired acting skill, it is has become compulsory for those serious about the acting Profession in Australia in 2013.
With the continuation of American film production in Australia, international self -taping for American film, and the proliferation of Australian Indie films made for the American market, it is no longer acceptable to have an approximation of the American accent.
Its essential to get expert tuition from one of the best coaches in Australia to avoid learning the accent incorrectly.
Carmen Lysiak is a prolific American accent & Dialect coach who has worked for some of the most prestigous theatre and film/Tv organisations in Australia. She holds a degree in Acting and Music Theatre from Wollongong University, and is a Postgraduate Diploma in Voice Studies from NIDA.
She has studied Shakespearean performance with British American Drama Academy in the UK and has worked extensively as an Voice and Dialect coach, theatre devisor and actor.
As a voice coach Carmen has worked for Gannon Television/ABC on Heartbreak High,on Darwin's Brave New World as a dialect coach and extensively in theatre as a dialect coach with Caroline O'Connor on The End of the Rainbow, Todd McKenny and Nancye Hayes on 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks, for The Australian Opera on A Streetcar Named Desire and The Magic Flute, for Bell Shakespeare on Hamlet with Brendan Cowell, and with the STC on The Season at Sarsparilla, The Art of War and Troupers. She has also worked for Belvoir St Theatre on The Gates of Egypt and Our Lady of Sligo. For Ensemble Theatre, They're Playing Our Song, Losing Louis and Kimberley Akimbo. For Griffin Theatre on References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and Bug. As an actor, Carmen has worked for Iron Cove Theatre in Animal Farm, E123 on Eat Cake at The Performance Space and Sidetrack Theatre, toured with Free Radical throughout NSW, as a cabaret singer in Shrieking Violet, and has recently performed in Peter Pan with Atmos theatre.
The Standard U.S. Dialect & Scene Work
Please note: All participants to bring writing materials & a Voice Recorder( I-phones are fine)
Learn R.P.( Received pronunciation-neutral) and the basis of Phonetics, to be able to notate your dialogue into the new American Vowel Sounds. A Look at Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Miss Julie and Another Country. (Texts may be changed depending on class numbers, ages and gender,)
All classes will begin with a short vocal warm-up, and an exploration of phonetic symbols to help learn them for future reference. Listening to speakers.
A look at Standard American vowels, listening to speakers, examining the placement and resonance required, the openess of Jaw etc with fun passages to read and act and scenes to learn for week 5 presentation.
Texts include:The Shape of Things, Angels in America, Edmund, Oleanna,Women of Manhattan and Doubt.
These may alter depending on ages of class members and gender breakdown and numbers.
Looking at difficult US sounds, Vowels in detail, continuant consonants, Working on Dark Ls and getting the tongue around R. Use of gloves and ropes!(don't panic, its only a method) Working on short passages and scenes.
Exploring passages of text to refine the study of Jaw openess over vowels, looking at connecting phonetic vowel changes for solo work with focus points, utilising strong essential US based language dynamics. Working on scenes.
Wrapping up US, with a revision of key factors to bear in mind when attempting to use the US accent on stage or in film.
A short phonetic test on the vowels and scene presentation/and solo short passage to
Start Date: Monday October 28, 2013
End Date: Monday November 25, 2013
Start Time:4:00 pm
End Time: 6:00 pm
Start Time:7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm
Early-bird Price:A$161.5 (including 5% early-bird discount)
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