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ACCENTS INTENSIVE #8 – Arabic Accents

October 29, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm




A one-day workshop in Arabic accents,

With kts master teacher Erik Singer

New York City & online, October 29th, 2016

This intensive one-day workshop, for actors, voice and speech teachers, dialect coaches, will apply the innovative techniques of Knight-Thompson Speechwork to the acquisition of  Arabic accents. Egyptian Arabic will be the focus, though we’ll include information Levantine (Syrian/Palestinian/Lebanese) Arabic and possibly Iraqi Arabic as well.
The physical focus of Knight-Thompson Speechwork allows actors and other professional voice users to learn accents much faster than with older techniques. Speakers using this approach can speak skillfully in the target accent, without exaggeration or self-consciousness.


This workshop will be focused exclusively on gaining proficiency in the target accent, and will include time for individual instruction. Participants (in-person only) should be prepared with a short monologues or text appropriate for the accent. Extensive resources on the target accents—encompassing primary source audio files, an interactive breakdown and exercises—will be provided to all participants.


Participants do not need to have taken any prior Knight-Thompson workshops, and no background in phonetics is necessary for participation (though we will be using IPA in our descriptions of characteristic sounds). Individuals who have taken Experiencing Speech and Experiencing Accents, however, and who are considering applying for the Knight-Thompson Speechwork Certification Program, may be particularly interested in the intensive practical application of the work and the focused individual instruction.


The workshop will be held at the National Opera Center in Chelsea, Manhattan. The day will run from 10:00 to 6:00, with an hour break for lunch. The total cost for the workshop is $175. Spots are strictly limited—in-room participants will be capped at 15. Questions to ErikKSinger@gmail.com.


Participants not in New York City may choose to take the workshop as a webinar. Online participants will be able to log on to a live video feed of the intensive, and will also have access to a recording of the entire workshop after the fact. All supporting documents and audio materials distributed in the course will be shared with online participants. Online participants can submit questions during the event. Depending on time and in-room attendance, online participants may also have the opportunity to receive coaching during the event. (Private Skype coaching can always be arranged before or after the workshop.)

All participants—in-person and distance—will be given access to the video recording of the workshop to review in their own time.

Workshop Costs

$175 in-room

$150 distance course



In order to plan effectively for these workshops, it’s important to have a clear sense of the commitment of potential participants. For that reason we ask for a deposit of $75 to secure your place in the workshop. This is due by October 1st. The full payment is due October 19th. If your plans change, and you are unable to attend, we will refund any payment less $35 if you inform us before October 22nd. After that date, however, no refunds are possible. Please plan accordingly.


October 29, 2016
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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