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Expo 2017: Standard American Accent Training for Actors — Nov. 3, 4, & 5

November 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - November 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm


with Claudette Roche 



Friday, November 3rd, 2017 | 7pm – 9:30pm
Saturday, November 4th, 2017 | 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, November 5th, 2017 | 10 am – 6 pm


Red River Princess St. Campus | P107


Workshop Description

We will work on creating a strong Standard American accent.

DAY 1 – Friday

Seminar outlining the business of being an actor. We will discuss both sides of being an actor, so they can understand what goes on behind that casting director’s door. Branding; Each actor will be assessed in a fun and caring way, as each must view themselves as a brand and how best to shine in what they do best. This is to build strong self awareness so they can grasp how others see them. We will also work on exercises to strengthen their voices creating a strong base. The actors will also learn what makes their own accent distinctly Canadian, so they can be keenly aware of how much modification is needed. This is key to learn any new accent, one must be able to hear themselves. I will introduce the basics of the accent and then refine and deepen the sounds on the next day. Each actor will receive a booklet of all the word lists, sentences and exercises to prepare them for the weekend workshop.


DAY 2 – Saturday
We will cover all the vowels, consonants and melodies for a solid American accent. The actor will also play with the posture and attitude of an average American which helps form the right sound. Each actor will have an opportunity to play and find these sounds within them. It’s quite a different personality from Canadian! Also, while in class, they will be encouraged to speak as Americans for the whole day! Each actor will be recorded and playback will be done so they can hear and see their progress.


DAY 3 – Sunday
We will continue with the class, allowing more actors to get up and perform different scenes with each other. At the lunch break, a short monologue will be handed to each actor, so we can begin to practice using the new accent, as a tool. Each actor will be recorded and playback will be done so they can hear and see their progress.

About the Instructor

Claudette Roche has lived in London, Montréal, Toronto, Los Angeles, four of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Her life’s path prepared her to be one of the most in- demand Accent/Dialect coaches.

She’s an autodidact (self-taught) with a solid foundation of voice studying at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music. Her teaching style is organic, catering to the actors needs, goals and schedule and it’s an enjoyable process.

Claudette guides the actor so the acquired accent is fluid and natural, making characters sound genuine. She won the prestigious Los Angeles Back Stage Magazine’s Favorite Dialect Coach in 2010 and 2011. Back Stage has since retired the category. She also was named as one the Top 5 Voice Coaches in Hollywood by Hollywood Weekly Magazine in 2010. She has worked with actors on every level from all over the world teaching them many different accents.

She was also the in-house accent coach for La Mirada Theatre working on many productions including Boeing. Boeing, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Pride and Prejudice, as well as many TV shows, films and commercials.

As Claudette was an actress in Los Angeles and Toronto for many years, she has unique insight into the business of acting and accents, especially for Canadians. She readily shares her experiences enabling her fellow actors to learn from her successes and failures.



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 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
November 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm