Have you ever been given the note that you are off your voice? Do you sound like a Valley Girl? Are you 25 and people on the phone still ask for your Mommy? We highly recommend the following voice/speech coaches.
AEA, SAG, AFTRA
MFA Carnegie Mellon University/Moscow Art Theatre
BA Yale University
Laura teaches acting at AMDA and offers an ongoing Sunday workshop in Fitzmaurice Voicework in Silverlake. A formerly NY based actress, she taught voice/acting in the BFA program at Long Island University's CW Post Campus and NYU's School for Continuing and Professional Studies, and coached at the New School University. She has also worked as a teaching artist for the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival and an assistant opera director for the Lowell House Opera Society at Harvard University. She previously taught voice workshops at the Mark Morris Dance Studio in Brooklyn and privately throughout the NY metropolitan area. She was the 2006 winner of the Charles Bowden Award for Acting from New Dramatists.
AEA, SAG, AFTRA
Designated Linklater Voice Teacher
See Linda's website for full credentials.
Jacey is a working actor who graduated from NYU's Tisch School of Arts. She is a Speech Specialist with specific expertise in Dialects. Working with both phonetics, history and muscularity to quickly and accurately create a character's accent or dialect. If you need a specific accent for a role or an audition Jacey is the one to call.
Though nothing can take the place of a professional coach, the following websites may be able to help you in a pinch.
Speech Accent Archive
- May be a little difficult to navigate, but it has great native speaker accents for you to work with.
Speech Accent Archive Sources
- The Speech Accent Archive provides a list of recommended dialect websites and books.
International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA)
- An Actreel favorite, easy to navigate and has all of the basic foreign and US regional accents.
Kalmenson - Voice Casting & Voice Over Workshops
VoiceTrax West - Voice Over Recording Studio
VOICECASTER - Voice Over Casting Agency
Dan Balestrero - Voice Over Classes & Video Production
Showfax, Inc. - Sides & Breakdowns
The following links are for inventive actors who are looking for fresh scenes or monologues for class work. Please let us know if you find any new free script links. And be sure to tell us if any of these links are no longer working.
aellea Classic Movie Scripts
BBC Writer's Room
Downloadable Sci-Fi Movie Scripts
HorrorLair - Horror & Suspense Movie Scripts
JoBlo's Movie Scripts
Movie Scripts & Screenplays
My PDF Scripts
ScriptCrawler - Script & Screenplay Services
Simply Scripts - Read Scripts Online
FREE Television Scripts
More FREE Television Scripts
Theatre History - Monologues
Whysanity - Movie Monologues
When in Hollywood, these stores are the best places to buy plays, screenplays, scene and monologue books, and actor guides to Agents, Casting Directors, and Personal Managers.
Hollywood Book & Poster Co.
(They sell almost EVERY movie or TV script you can think of. Stuff you can find nowhere else.)
6562 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90078
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90028
Samuel French, Inc.
7623 Sunset Blvd. Hollywood, CA 90046
You can also buy any of the following Trade Papers at the stores listed above.
The Hollywood Reporter
Academy Players Directory
How to Become an Extra
IMDB - Internet Movie Database
IBDB - Internet Broadway Database
Life On The Bubble
Deadline Hollywood Daily
Mandy's Film & TV Production Directory
Respect for Acting
by Uta Hagen
Audition: Everything an Actor Needs to Know to Get the Part
by Michael Shurtleff
On the Technique of Acting
by Michael Chekhov
by Harold Clurman
The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate
by Peter Brook
Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions)
by Steve Katz