Learning American Regional Accents

In these Acting with an Accent audio downloads, you’ll learn American accents of seven different regions. Firstly, in each one, David gives you systematic lessons in the resonance (voice placement) and intonation (musicality, inflection, rhythm). Then, he shows you how to use those two traits to help produce the unique pronunciations of the seven accents listed and pictured just below.

Download audios to learn the accents of
seven American Cities & Regions

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    You act in the English language. Therefore, you should have speech skills that let you play characters from many English-speaking countries and regions. Thus, you can use these seven programs to learn American accents of various cities and rural regions in the United States.

    What is your teacher’s background?

    David Alan Stern received a BFA in Theatre/Performance from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Speech from Temple University. He taught at both Wichita State and Penn State before founding Dialect Accent Specialists in Los Angeles. He worked there for twelve years as a dialect/accent and text coach for professional actors. David then returned to UCONN as Professor of Dramatic Arts. During his 25 years there, he continued with periodic industry work while producing and revising his training audios.

    Among the many actors David has helped prepare for film roles are Vincent Tycer (Chappaquiddick), Geena Davis (The Accidental Tourist), Olympia Dukakis & Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias), Forest Whitaker (Bird and The Crying Game), and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times at Ridgemont High). Among those he helped with stage roles are Terrence Mann (My Fair Lady and Sweeney Todd), Lynn Redgrave (Sweet Sue), and Pat Sajak & Joe Moore (Dial M for Murder). David was also Resident Dialect Coach for the Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts for 17 years.