I currently reside in the Twin Cities, MN, where I am the artistic director of Persistent Theatre Productions and I work as a freelance director, playwright, teaching artist, and dialect coach. I've worked with, The History Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Northern Starz Children's Theatre, Gadfly Theatre Productions, Workhaus Collective, Pillsbury House Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata and The Phoenix Theater, Arst Nest. My favorite plays to direct are ones that have a direct impact on the community and that help to create change. In 2021 I will be starting a directing Master of Fine Arts program at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. I have a lot of professional grant writing experience and essay writing experience in addition to my theatre experience.
I work with all levels of students on a variety of dialects. Any dialect that you need to learn I can effectively coach you, whether it is for a specific role or a dialect that you simply want to learn or to improve on. I specialize in the most commonly used dialects for stage and film such as: Standard British, Cockney, Irish, American Southern, New York. I have taught Polish, German, French, Russian and Spanish in addition to those. I am extremely patient, compassionate and empathetic with my students. I am also very good at understanding their needs and that not every student learns the same way. I will drive students to get the best possible work out of them. I truly believe in my students. In my dialect coaching I focus equally on the physical structure of your voice and mouth such as pitch, resonance placement, and melody as well as using good source materials as a base for students to listen to. I also use my own voice to help with call and response exercises.
In terms of dialect coaching I focus heavily on Dr. David Alan Stern's techniques, the international phonetic alphabet or IPA and Edith Skinner's vocal work. For scene study, audition help and monologue selection, I can offer a variety of help from varying genres of contemporary theatre, Shakespeare and other styles. Recommended texts and audio for dialect and vocal training: Acting with an Accent tapes by Dr. David Alan Stern, with the corresponding booklets, "Speak with Distinction" by Edith Skinner and the IDEA: https://www.dialectsarchive.com/