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June 29, 2014 - July 5, 2014

June 29 -July 5, 2014  ::  New York

A Six-Day Workshop in the Skills of Articulation
With Philip Thompson, Andrea Caban, & Erik Singer





Knight-Thompson Speechwork is a highly effective, skills-based approach to speech and accent training for actors that places emphasis on developing the speaker’s detailed awareness of and engagement with the skills that make up language. By combining a rigorous investigation of those skills with playful, experiential exercises, this work moves quickly and effectively past the usual interference that can make speechwork difficult for many students.This intensive six-day workshop, for actors, voice/speech teachers, clinicians, and coaches, introduces and expands upon the work laid out in Dudley Knight’s “Speaking with Skill“, and will be structured in two parts. The first will focus on the physical actions that produce all the sounds of the world’s languages; this section will contain no phonetic transcription. The second part will continue the exploration into even greater specificity through the use of narrow phonetic transcription. It will use these skills to explore formal and informal speech actions while maintaining complete intelligibility at all times. These skills prepare the actor to move easily into any accent or vocal characterization that might be required onstage or in film, television or new media.

The workshop will be taught by Philip Thompson, Co-Founder and Director of Knight-Thompson Speechwork along with Associate Teachers of KTS, Andrea Caban and Erik Singer.

PART ONE Three days, June 29 – July 1

  • Awareness and practice of precise articulation action.
  • Producing all the sounds in language-“Omnish.”
  • The Skills of Speech for American speakers.

No phonetic transcription will be used in this session of the workshop.


We will take a day off Sunday, July 2.

This is a chance to rest and process information or to attend cultural events in the Bay Area.


Three days, July 3 – 5

  • The application of detailed IPA phonetic transcription to the process of speech and accent research.
  • Using the entire IPA to research and teach speech.

Each day will commence with a vocal warm-up based on Fitzmaurice Voicework.


Workshop Costs

VASTA Members Non-members
$725 $825

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 $200 to secure your place in the workshop. This is due by May 19th. The full payment is due June 13th. If your plans change, and you are unable to attend, we will refund any payment less $75 if you inform us before June 20th. After that date, however, no refunds are possible. Please plan accordingly. You will receive your receipt at the workshop.


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June 29, 2014
July 5, 2014