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ACCENTS INTENSIVE #2—Celtic Accents
January 16, 2015 - January 18, 2015$100 – $400
A three-day workshop in Dublin, Belfast, and Edinburgh accents,
With Erik Singer and Marina Tyndall
New York City, January 16th-18th, 2015
This intensive three-day workshop, for actors, voice and speech teachers, dialect coaches, will apply the innovative techniques of Knight-Thompson Speechwork to the acquisition of three Celtic accents—Dublin, Belfast, and Edinburgh. 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 accents, and will include plenty of time for individual instruction. Participants should be prepared with short monologues or texts appropriate for two or more of the target accents—all three, if possible. Extensive resources on the three accents—encompassing primary source audio files, text breakdowns 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 days will run from 10:00 to 6:00, with an hour break for lunch. Sunday’s session will end at 4:30 to accommodate travel home. The total cost for the workshop is $400. Spots are strictly limited.
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 $100 to secure your place in the workshop. This is due by December 19th. The full payment is due January 2nd. If your plans change, and you are unable to attend, we will refund any payment less $75 if you inform us before January 9th. After that date, however, no refunds are possible. Please plan accordingly.