Phonetics and Dialects Intensive with Zach Campion
March 5th, 12, 19th, 26th, and April 2nd
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Actors' Center Office
1810 16th St NW, 2nd floor
Washington DC 20009
Fee is $100 Limit: 10 students
If you’ve ever consulted a text on performing dialects, it’s very likely you’ve seen the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) with all of its foreign-looking symbols clearly put on the page to impede your progress! Why do us dialect coaches use such a
complicated system to describe sound? Fortunately for you, the IPA is actually a highly logical and reliable system for accurately recording the sounds of speech - and it can be learned quickly with the right kind of study.
This five week intensive is designed for those who have an interest in going deeper into the craft of dialect modification and acquisition by establishing some basic understanding of the tools of the trade. Students will learn speech anatomy and musculature, placement and action of speech sounds, how to transcribe sound into symbol, and how to leverage your newfound knowledge of the IPA to perform a dialect of the classes choosing. Emphasis is put on using the resources available to you rather than memorizing symbols and sounds.
ZACH CAMPION is a freelance voice, speech, dialect, and text instructor. Area theatre credits include coaching dialect for The Wiz at Ford’s Theatre, Hand to God* (nominated for 6 Helen Hayes awards, winner of 2), Chimerica, Terminus*, and Between Riverside and Crazy at Studio Theatre; Sovereignty, The Price and Smart People at Arena Stage; the world premiere of The Gulf* at Signature Theatre; Aubergine, Annie, My Fair Lady, Sweeney Todd, and National Players Ensemble at Olney Theatre Center; Angels in America Part’s 1 and 2* co-produced by Olney Theatre and Round House Theatre; and When the Rain Stops Falling* at 1st Stage. Mr. Campion is a certified teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework® and is a member of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory faculty. EDUCATION: MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA in Performance and Production from Texas State University. Zach is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
*denotes Helen Hayes nominated productions .
An AC Member had this to say about one of Zach’s other workshops:
"Zach's coaching manner is delightful and helpful, pointing out both strengths and areas
for improvement with gentle facility."
Feel free to reach out to Zach directly if you have any questions about the workshop: email@example.com or visit his website voicecoachdc.com for more information.