U.S Accent w/ Robert Maxwell
A Six Week U.S Accent Series for Professional Working Actors
This six-week series will delve into the minutiae of the so-called General American accent. As US castings begin to pick up again, now is the perfect to time to learn how to fully embody this go-to accent for the majority of American projects. As actors we need to engage viscerally with our character’s accent rather than simply relying on prescriptive sound shifts and mimicry. In this series we will learn how to do this. We’ll look at resonance, oral posture and lexical sets, and we’ll discover how melody, rhythm and an engagement with different energetic sources in the body can mine and shape point of view. It is this visceralised point of view that will allow the actor to transform into character rather than merely putting the accent on.
Testimonials About Robert
Rob is a curious, intelligent, kind and creative teacher. The exercises he employs are practical, effective and highly useful for anyone to develop their voice, acquire a new dialect, or deepen their psycho-visceral connection to text and language. Beth McGuire : Director of Speech and Dialects – Yale School of Drama
Rob is a committed and highly effective teacher, who cares deeply about voice and text work. He is exceedingly well organised and is able to make profound connections for students between practical work and professional needs. Katerina Moraitis : Head of Voice – NIDA
Rob is thoughtful, and engaging, he teaches with skill and precision, and the feedback he offers is succinct and insightful. Tess Dignan : Head Of Voice -Shakespeares Globe
- Oral posture: the physical setting of the accent
- Resonance: the source and path of vibration
- Focus of Articulation: consonant energy and the muscles of speech
- Lexical sets: identifying vowel placement and movement of diphthongs
- Prosodic Features: melody, rhythm, intonation & pitch
- Chakras: the energetic sources that inform point of view
- Scene work & monologues: application of tools to text and language
- Ability to physically move into a different oral posture
- Ability to shift into a new path of resonance
- Awareness of the physicality of vowels and consonants and how to adjust our own habitual patterns to create American sounds
- Knowledge of lexical sets and how to use them when acquiring any accent
- Ability to mimic American samples with physical and visceral awareness
- Ability to use chakras to shift into a different energetic point of view
- A deeper awareness of the nuances and musicality of the General American accent
When: 6 x Wednesdays
Dates: 7th April – 12th May 2021
Cost: $365.00 (incl GST)
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: 18 City Rd, Chippendale, NSW 2008
Participants: 14 Maximum
*Please arrive at 6.45pm latest for a 7pm start
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How To Pay & Instalment Option: The easiest way to pay is by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) using the bank details on the invoice (please quote the invoice number in the transfer information), or by simply clicking the ‘pay online’ link also on the invoice (bank fees apply). You will be email an invoice upon acceptance into the program. Payment is due no later than the due date stated on the invoice, however if you would like to pay in instalments please call or email the office to arrange the dates and amounts you will pay. Please note full payment of the course is due by the time the course finishes. You can start payment instalments at anytime upon receipt of the invoice.
About Robert Maxwell
Rob is a voice, dialect and acting teacher based in Sydney. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Voice from NIDA, and is an acting graduate of the Atlantic Theatre Company in New York City. He has worked extensively as an actor and teacher both here in Australia and overseas, including residencies at Yale School of Drama and Carnegie Mellon University.
Rob’s coaching credits include: Ghosts, Marat/Sade, Waiting for Godot, The Changeling, Lunacy, The Show That Smells, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (all for NIDA), Hamlet (Blue Cow Theatre Company), Jess and Joe Forever (Sugary Rum Productions) and Gruesome Playground Injuries (Tasmanian Theatre Company). He has taught at NIDA, Actors Centre Australia, AFTT, Australian Theatre for Young People, TAFTA, Screenwise, Sydney Actors School, and the Hub.
Rob is passionate about helping actors acquire a psycho-visceral connection to the words they speak – be it in a new accent or their own. His teaching philosophy is steeped in an array of techniques that advocate a more holistic use of self – integrating body, soul, mind, imagination and voice.
Apply For The Course
Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. & headshot to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course.
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