David Alan Stern received a BFA in Theatre-Performance from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Speech from Temple University. He served on the faculties of both Wichita State and Penn State before founding Dialect Accent Specialists, Inc. in Hollywood in 1980—working there primarily as a dialect/accent coach for professional actors. Since 1993, he has continued to do periodic industry work while serving as Professor of Dramatic Arts at his alma mater, UConn. Among the many actors he has helped to prepare for stage, television, and film roles are Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist), Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias and Dad), Julie Harris (Carried Away), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Shelley Long (Outrageous Fortune), Terrence Mann (My Fair Lady), Liam Neeson (Next of Kin), Lynn Redgrave (Sweet Sue and Midnight), Pat Sajak and Joe Moore (The Boys in Autumn), Forest Whitaker (Bird and The Crying Game), and Julia Roberts, Sally Field, and Daryl Hannah (Steel Magnolias). David has served since 2000 as resident dialect coach for the Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts, working there on over twenty-five productions. In recent years he himself returned to the stage as Arvide Abernathy in Guys & Dolls (with Sarah Schenkkan), as Zoltan Karpathy in My Fair Lady (with Terrence Mann), and as Roy in The Odd Couple (with Pat Sajak and Joe Moore). His Acting with an Accent audio programs, published between 1979 and 2017, are used by professional and student actors around the world.
Since developing his technique and training materials for accent-reduction (The Sound & Style of American English) in 1987, he has taught his effective and entertaining methods to hundreds of ESL teachers, speech pathologists, and voice & speech trainers at his own weekend workshops and at national, state, and local conferences of both TESOL and ASHA. Corporate accent-reduction and speech clients have included executives from Bateman-Eichler-Hill-Richards, Beech Aircraft, Mitsubishi Bank, NCR Corp., TRW Corp., Union Carbide, and Wells Fargo Bank.