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Each workshop concentrates on a specific dialect or accent and includes fundamentals and putting it into action.
A bad dialect, an inconsistent or flatly wrong dialect can be very distracting to the audience.
At the same time, the American audience must be able to understand the dialect.  
Diane Senffner gives the actor a chance to use intonation, rhythm, patterns of speech
and use of the dialect’s most recognizable sounds to make the script up to 30-40%
more authentic and humorous, especially if the script was written by a native speaker.

"Diane Senffner provides the essential element of dialect coaching that has afforded each voice
its requisite authenticity." - Herb Paine, Broadway World in reviewing Phoenix Theatre's Kinky Boots

ACCENTS YOU CAN USE: French, German, Italian!

ACCENTS YOU CAN USE: French, German, Italian!
Actors are regularly called upon to perform accents in roles and it’s a tricky to get them to sound intelligible while also sounding authentic. Diane Senffner’s class Accents You Can Use: French, German and Italian focuses on the key sounds of the three accents that are most often requested on stage and film. You’ll leave class sounding magnifique! Wunderbar! Fantastico!

Sunday, June 14, 2020
1-4 pm | Diane Senffner | $65*

3-hour class once a week for one week.
Maximum: 10 students.
Full tuition must be put down to secure spot in the class. Balance is due by the first class. Cancellation deadline: one week prior to class.

Verve Studios Voice Over Class Gene Ganssle Acting Studio
Standard British + London Accent!

NEW! British Accents - All You Need to Succeed Old and New


This class covers two different British dialects essentials for actors interested in stage and film productions - Standard British and the London Accent. 


Standard British (Received Pronunciation, or RP) is the starting point for even newer British accents and is still used in hundreds of period productions of plays and period films.


London Accent is how the Brits talk NOW in London and anyone doing a film or a newer play will use the London Accent. There is a BIG difference - let's see it's like Ricky Gervais vs. Downtown Abbey. 


Today, most non-English speaking countries teach English with a Standard British accent (not American), so a solid foundation in Standard British will equip you with skills for performing dialects from many cultures and nationalities across the globe.


Come join us for this dialect class that is a 'can't miss' event!

Diane has worked in the U.K. and has been teaching British dialects for over 25 years. Ages 16-up.

Sundays, February 16-23, 2020
1-4 pm | Diane Senffner | $130*

3-hour class once a week for two weeks.
Maximum: 10 students.
Minimum deposit of 1/2 of full tuition must be put down to secure spot in the class. Balance is due by the first class. Cancellation deadline: one week prior to class.

Gene Ganssle Verve Studios Acting Coach Voice Over Class

Dialects of the American South
Many great stage plays have been written with one 'southern' dialect or another playing in the head of the author.  But not all dialects of the American south are alike.  You'll learn distinctive features of different U.S. southern regions and how to sound more authentic performing them. Diane coached actors Ron Livingston, Lizzie Caplan and Matt Walsh in their 'cowboy' dialects for the motion picture, "Queens of Country."

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Diane Senffner

* +$25 registration fee for new students.