Dialect coach

 18 October 2012

Dialect coaches or voice coaches work with actors to develop and improve their vocal technique, and help them adopt convincing character accents.

Your job is to encourage performers to develop the ability to speak in different accents and dialects with confidence.
Your job is to encourage performers to develop the ability to speak in different accents and dialects with confidence.

What is the job like?

A dialect coach prepares actors for performances. You might work with individual actors, or be asked to work with an ensemble cast.  

You will need a strong interest in accents and voices.

Your job is to encourage performers to develop the ability to speak in different accents and dialects with confidence.

They may specialise in a particular accent or dialect. 

The work can include:

  • spending time doing dialect research
  • setting up master classes and preparing notes for your accent workshops
  • sitting on audition panels and assisting the director
  • attending rehearsals and advising the cast 
  • one-to-one meetings with actors working on particular roles or with particular needs.

What training and qualifications do I need? 

A general interest in drama, and also often singing, is important. You will also need a strong interest in accents and voices.

Often voice coaches have experience in acting themselves, so getting involved with as much drama as you can, so that you have an understanding of how theatre works, will stand you in good stead.

After school or college, a diploma or postgraduate qualification can be one way into voice dialect work. To gain a place on these courses, GCSEs and A Levels in drama, theatre studies, or music, if you sing, may well help you.  

The Central School of Speech and Drama offers a Masters degree in Voice Studies, while the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland has a Centre for Voice in Performance.  

The Voice and Speech Training Association also offers advice and online resources.


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