We are delighted to finally be able to offer a voice and accent training course over a month which will allow students to make significant improvements to prepare them to work in International productions.
Shift your speaking for more clarity and range when acting in English.
For non-native and native speakers.
An accent is the audible backstory of a character — where they grew up, how they were educated, even what their worldview is. That story is written in the physical habits of their speech, and it is the actor’s task to take on those habits in order to be intelligible and believable as the character.
Whether your goal is to have several different accents in English in your actor’s toolbox or you simply need to develop more clarity and ease in the accent you currently have, this course will take you through the necessary steps to rewire the intricate pathways that run from impulse to speech. The aim is to clearly, accurately and spontaneously express your impulses in the accent of your character, from the audition onwards.
The course will consist of focused work on intelligibility in English through experiencing the voice physically, and shifting physical habits to provide access to a range of possible accents.
Participants will each bring a short text to work on and expect to work individually as well as in the group. Based on the specific needs of the actors present, the class will address the foundations of an available body and breath musculature as vital for clear and impactful speaking, and as the basis for any lasting change in accent work. Participants will chart their progress both through in-class feedback, proprioceptive information, and recordings.
Upon registering for the class, please send a recording (video) of the monologue or speech you intend to work on.
Overview of classes; content is cumulative:
Alyssa Ciccarello is a voice, speech and communications coach based in Barcelona and New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and is a both a Designated Linklater Teacher and a Colaianni Phonetic Pillows Practioner.
She has been on the faculties at several graduate and undergraduate programs including New York University, Actor’s Studio Drama School at Pace, Fordham University in New York and Kadir Has University in Istanbul. She served as Head of Voice and Speech at the renowned Meisner conservatory Maggie Flanigan Studio in Chelsea from 2010 to 2015 and continues there as a visiting instructor. In Barcelona she has taught phonetics for voice instructors at the Institut del Teatre as well as privately-run Shakespeare and text workshops.
Her private clients have ranged from Broadway actors such as Norm Lewis (Porgy and Bess, Phantom of the Opera) to executives from advertising and tech companies. She coaches in English, Spanish & Catalan.