Due to the positive response to our Voice & Diction class for Adults held this summer and the many requests to launch dialect studies, we are excited to bring Robin Hughes, Casting Director/Director/Actor, back to teach a full course on Dialect Study for Theatre & Film/Dialect Reduction!
Want to know how British actor, Hugh Laurie, from House is able to pass as an American? Want to discover how Meryl Streep can transform into a character from any part of the world? Want to learn how to turn your current dialect into a Standard American dialect? Every skilled actor needs to gain the tools to transform into another character, not only physically, but also vocally. And by applying the same tools utilized for decades by theatre and film actors, the non-performance student can transform their own dialect as well.
The goal of this kick-off class is to gain the skills to learn a dialect all the way to a point of complete integration—to that place where not only is the dialect mastered, but it’s not in the way of the actor’s performance. Because in the performance, there’s no room for the actor to be wondering, ‘Did I say that right?’ Dialect is a layer of storytelling and so it’s like every other layer. If your rhythm, speech, movement, facial expressions
— if all of those are in line with the story being told, the audience is with you 100 percent; if any one of those is off-kilter, the audience is pulled out of the action and either doubts the validity of the story or doubts your ability as an actor.
( dialect coach , Pamela Vanderway)
Students will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet of sound, will work on three different dialects through monologues and scenes, and will complete a full character study of another dialect resulting in a performance of that dialect. Dialect work in class, along with readings, exercises, and discussions, give actors an accessible resource for practicing the outlined principles and mastering their craft.
Robin Hughes Instructor
As a teacher and private coach for nearly three decades, Robin’s teaching credits span from Minnesota to New York for students ages 2-91.
As a casting director, Robin has cast for the Windy City Live Idol, Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent, Arlington Million Racetrack Gala Show, and over 75 shows at Metropolis. She worked with Rikki Wuolle Casting (Minneapolis), Kurt Ackerlind Casting (Minneapolis), and Steppenwolf (assisting former Casting Director, Phyllis Schuringa).
An Illinois State University (MFA-Acting) and Steppenwolf School graduate, Robin was awarded the coveted Steppenwolf Acting Fellowship and was brought to Chicago to work with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
Other regional and local acting credits are with Theatre in the Round, Phipps Center, New Tradition, Victory Gardens, Paramount-Copley, Bailiwick, Circle, Metropolis and more.
As a director Robin has directed over 45 productions and is currently in pre-production for Monty Python’s Spamalot at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre due to open in September 2015.