American vs. British Accents

The Basic Sounds and Principles of the Neutral American and British Accents and an Introduction To Regional Variations
Hosted by Jon Sperry

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Jon Sperry

Webinar hosted by: Jon Sperry

Acting, Voice, Dialect and Accent Reduction Coach

Your host Jon Sperry is one of the top dialect and voice coaches in America. Jon has lived, coached and taught acting, voice, dialects and accent elimination all over the world, including in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Athens, and Buenos Aires. Jon has been the dialect or dialogue coach on over 60 films and TV shows, and taught for many years at Circle in the Square and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, among other institutions. His star-studded list of former clients and students includes some of the finest actors of screen and stage from all over the globe, including many Oscar winning and Oscar nominated actors. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Theater, Jon studied at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York, one of the pre-eminent acting conservatories in America. He eventually became a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, where he also teaches. In addition to his busy career as an acting teacher and dialect coach, Jon is also an actor and sometime producer with his wife and partner, the Italian writer-director Ivana Massetti. They presently live and work in Los Angeles. Actors Jon Has Coached: Arnold Schwarzenegger Russell Crowe Melanie Griffith Philip Seymour Hoffman Liam Neeson Zoe Saldana Juliette Lewis Geena Davis Harvey Keitel Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

Learn directly from Jon Sperry, one of the most experienced dialect coaches in America who has coached such actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Russell Crowe, Matt Dillon and Harvey Keitel!

In this Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, you will take your acting to the next level by learning how to accurately speak with American and British accents. You will also learn the common regional variations, so you can have a well-rounded comprehension of the accent and play any role that requires an accent from either country. Utilizing exceptional instruction from a world renowned Acting and Voice coach, this webinar will help you begin to learn to speak like a native British or American citizen, no matter your natural accent or dialect!

You will leave the webinar knowing:

  • How to reduce or eliminate your natural accent or dialect.
  • How to hear the difference between characteristic American and British sounds.
  • What regional accent differences exist and how to mimic them.
  • How to decipher a person’s origin by their accent and how to apply that to your acting.
  • An introduction to speaking like a native of both countries.
  • You will also have recorded exercises to help you practice on your own time!

Your host Jon Sperry is one of the top dialect and voice coaches in America. Jon has trained and/or coached many hundreds of actors of all levels, including such actors as Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rodrigo Santoro, Sofia Vergara, Zoe Saldana, Gael Garcia Bernal, Julie Delpy, Liam Neeson, Juliette Lewis, Famke Janssen, Matt Dillon, Minnie Driver, Russell Crowe, Sophia Loren, Debbie Reynolds, Giancarlo Giannini, John Turturro, Geena Davis, Melanie Griffith, Thomas Kretschmann, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has enjoyed a long collaboration with Harvey Keitel on 15 films, including The Piano, Bugsy, Reservoir Dogs, The Bad Lieutenant, and Thelma and Louise. He has coached films made by Francis Ford Coppola, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, Theo Angelopoulos, Barry Levinson, Andy Davis, Robert Rodriguez, Roland Joffé and Quentin Tarantino, to name a few. Jon is an expert in his field and he is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help you with your accent training!

What You'll Learn

  • An overview of the basic principles of speech.
    • What vowels and consonants are - including one hugely important surprise!
  • The key sounds of a neutral American accent.
    • A breakdown of how to project well-spoken conversational American.
  • The key sounds of regional American English.
    • New York.
    • Deep South.
    • Western/Texas.
  • The key sounds of a neutral British accent.
    • The difference between so called RP (received pronunciation, or BBC English) and neutral British.
  • The key sounds of other UK accents.
    • Cockney.
    • Scottish.
    • Irish.
  • Key comparisons between American and British accents.
    • Why knowing the difference is important!
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Jon!

About Your Instructor

Your host Jon Sperry is one of the top dialect and voice coaches in America. Jon has lived, coached and taught acting, voice, dialects and accent elimination all over the world, including in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Athens, and Buenos Aires. Jon has been the dialect or dialogue coach on over 60 films and TV shows, and taught for many years at Circle in the Square and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, among other institutions. His star-studded list of former clients and students includes some of the finest actors of screen and stage from all over the globe, including many Oscar winning and Oscar nominated actors.

After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Theater, Jon studied at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York, one of the pre-eminent acting conservatories in America. He eventually became a lifetime member of The Actors Studio, where he also teaches.

In addition to his busy career as an acting teacher and dialect coach, Jon is also an actor and sometime producer with his wife and partner, the Italian writer-director Ivana Massetti. They presently live and work in Los Angeles.

Actors Jon Has Coached:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Russell Crowe
  • Melanie Griffith
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Liam Neeson
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Juliette Lewis
  • Geena Davis
  • Harvey Keitel

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A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand webinar, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year! 

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