U.S Accent w/ Robert Maxwell

An online six week U.S Accent Series for Professional Working Actors

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Course Overview

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

Course Outline
The series will cover key components of accent and dialect acquisition to equip the actor with the tools needed to embody a General American accent. These techniques can then be applied to other accents or dialects the actor may need to acquire down the track. They include;

  • 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.

Course Outcomes

Actors will walk away from the series with the skills required to physically and energetically transform into a character speaking in a General American accent. These skills include;
  • 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.



Session Details

When: 6 x Monday Evenings

Dates: 20th September – 25th October 2021

Cost: $385.00 incl GST(10% off for members)

Time: 6pm – 9pm (AEST – Sydney time)

Format: Online using Zoom

Session Details

Payment Information

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 courses@thehubstudio.com.au 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.

For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

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