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DIALECT for Professional Actors: New York and U.S. Southern

November 19, 2016 - November 27, 2016


with Tom Soares


(2-weekend course)

Saturday, November 19th, 2016 | 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, November 20th, 2016 | 10 am – 6 pm

Saturday, November 26th or Sunday, November 27th, 2016 | (1/2-hour, one-on-one session)


Actor’s Training Centre of Manitoba | 502 – 62 Albert Street


$180 ($150 for Equity members and ACTRA members & apprentices)

(Film Training Manitoba is pleased to offer training at a significantly reduced cost to the Manitoba Film industry. This course is valued at $430.00 per person.)


[Part of the 2016 MANITOBA FILM EXPO Series]


Workshop Description

Over the first day, participants will review the 5 key elements to learning any accent or dialect: Oral Posture, Placement, Intonation, Vowel and Consonant Changes. Participants will develop their understanding and awareness of speech sounds and develop their ear and tactile sensation to both hear and make subtle variations in these sounds. Using the key elements, participants will be taught a step-by-step process to work on and acquire a dialect.  Participants will then apply these skills to learning a General American Dialect (which may be a refresh for past participants).

On the second day, these skills will be applied to learning two additional American dialects: New York and U.S. Southern. Participants will receive some initial feedback and coaching on word or sentence drills and on a short selection of text.

Participants will receive dialect breakdowns (audio and written) for both of these dialects. Other dialect resources will be shared such as a list of where to find authentic samples, a list of quality dialect instruction at local libraries and others. After the completion of the first weekend, participants will be asked to spend some time working on the dialect(s) on a story or monologue.

Participants will then return in the final weekend for a private and more focused (half-hour, one-on-one) coaching session with the instructor.

Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:

  • produce General American – New York and U.S. Southern speech more accurately.
  • more easily find credible and authentic dialect or accent sources from which to work.
  • more accurately determine and apply the oral posture, placement and musicality (or intonation) of a dialect or accent.
  • more accurately reproduce specific sound changes for a dialect or accent.
  • work on a step-by-step approach for dialect acquisition.
  • more accurately assess their skill with a given dialect or accent.

About the Instructor


TOM SOARES earned his MFA in Acting with a further specialization in voice and speech from York University. For the past five years, he has taught courses on voice for the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg.


This past season, Tom worked as a voice consultant on Billy Elliot, RMTC and as a dialect coach on Iceland, Theatre Projects Manitoba; Little Thing, Big Thing, PTE; and West Side Story, Rainbow Stage. This May, he will be the Text Coach and Assistant Director for Shakespeare in the Ruins’ Richard III, and will teach voice at the Globe Theatre’s Conservatory (Regina).




Film Training Manitoba Course Registration Policy


  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older to register and attend the course.
  • Participants must register in advance of the course. No drop-ins.
  • Registration is on a first come, first served basis – unless otherwise specified. Enrollment may be limited.
  • Registration for all courses, including weekend workshops, must be done between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (except holidays).
  • All registrations must be received and confirmed in-person or by telephone with an FTM staff member during office hours.
  • We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.
  • Payment in full is required to secure a spot in an FTM course.



Course Registration

Registration can be done in one of two ways:

In Person – cash, cheque, VISA and MasterCard, and debit are accepted. (Please make cheques payable to Film Training Manitoba.) Our offices are located at 100 – 62 Albert Street, in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. We are open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


By Phone – VISA and MasterCard (credit & debit) only. Registrations are accepted via the main line at 204-989-9669. *We do not confirm or accept registrations via email.


Cancellation Policy


  • Participants must cancel up to 4 full business days prior to the course start date to receive an 80% refund.
  • No refund will be given to participants who cancel within 4 full business days before the course start date, or if they do not attend the course.
  • Film Training Manitoba reserves the right to cancel, or postpone, any course where a minimum registration level has not been met. Participants registered for a course that is canceled will receive a full refund.



Breaks and refreshments

All course participants are responsible for their own lunch.


November 19, 2016
November 27, 2016