Casting directors expect actors to get the accent right. With so many opportunities in Australian TV and feature film, now is a great time to improve your Aussie Accent. Led by Alexandra Whitham, an Australian Aussie Dialect Coach, this workshop will provide insider tips that will give you the edge at your next Aussie audition.
Bio of host:
Alexandra is the Lecturer in Voice in the Performing & Screen Arts Department at Unitec in Auckland. She teaches BA Acting students in Voice, Dialects, Speech, and Text, and leads a module in Australian Dialects for the Actors’ Program. Alexandra also works as a Theatre Director, and Voice & Dialect Coach for theatre, TV, and film within the wider industry. Her recent credits as an Aussie Dialect Coach include ‘Cloud Street’ directed by John Davies (Unitec Theatre), ‘Blackrock’ directed by herself (Unitec Theatre), ‘Gwen in Purgatory’ directed by Katherine McRae (TAPAC), and ‘April 25’ directed by Leanne Pooley (General Film Corporation).
Alexandra grew up in South Australia, and studied acting for three years at AIT Arts. After completing a BA from Flinders University, Alexandra trained and worked as an actor, theatre director, and voice coach in the United States and UK. She received her Masters in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 2009, and became a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher in 2010. In the UK, Alexandra taught at a number of drama schools, including East 15, the Oxford School of Drama, the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, and the Academy of Live & Recorded Arts. She has lived in New Zealand for six years.