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African Accents with Beth McGuire

A Workshop on African Accents for Voice Artists and Narrators

  • Ended
  • 315 US dollars
  • Zoom Street

Service Description

This is a comprehensive workshop for narrators, voice artists, and actors, covering the key characteristics and profiles of Nigerian-Igbo, and South African-Zula Accents. Workshop will provide an introduction and brief history of the accent, its ethnic background, and its language of origin, preparatory warm-up exercises, a directory of research materials including documentaries, plays, films, and online resources, key characteristics such as melody, stress, pace and pitch, descriptions of physical articulation in the tongue, lips, jaw, palate, and pharynx, practice sentences, phoneme tables and worksheets for solo study. About the Instructor Beth McGuire has worked as a vocal and accent/dialect coach both on and off-Broadway, in regional theatre, as well as in film and television, for over 30 years. She is a professor in the practice at Yale School of Drama (DGSD) and is currently on faculty at the Juilliard School. Beth lives in NYC and has a private practice teaching and coaching. Her book, African Accents: A Workbook for Actors, is the first practical comprehensive analysis of the genre. Beth also coteaches a training program for coaching and teaching professionals and rising professionals in accent, dialect, phonology, and text work with her colleague Jane Guyer Fujita. Her most recent theatre projects include: He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box by Adrienne Kennedy, at Theatre for a New Audience and Twelfth Night at the Yale Repertory Theatre directed by Carl Cofield. Recent film and video projects include Nine Days directed by Edson Oda, US-directed by Jordan Peele, the Marvel action film, Black Panther, and the newly released Marvel video game Black Panther: War for Wakanda. Instruction Materials Workshop participants are encouraged to obtain the text, African Accents: A Workbook for Actors, which can be purchased at a discounted rate of $25.97 + shipping. If you would like to purchase a copy of the text indicate so in the 'message' field of the form when booking. Workshop Delivery Workshop will be capped at 12 participants This workshop will be taught via Zoom. Registration participants will receive a link to join the workshop one week before the workshop.

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