THTR T445 Sec. 4159 Baird

Voice and Dialects

9:00a-10:15a MWF 3 cr. hr.

Prerequisite: THTR T325 or written permission of Instructor.


The aim of the course is to give students the analytic tools to be able to acquire and master a dialect on their own. Through a review of voice work and an exposure to the IPA, they begin by exploring phonetic symbols through sound and movement. They are then given tapes which are worked on in class where the sounds of different dialects are spoken, explored and written. Approximately two weeks are spent on each dialect, and the student then chooses a monologue/scene to analyze and perform from that particular dialect. In the course the students also examine each other's accents. They then select a donor of a dialect they choose to interview, analyze and perform. The dialect of the whole person is emphasized and there is a strong focus on acting as well as voice/speech.

ASSIGNMENTS: IPA analysis of each dialect; 5-6 dialects done in the semester's time.
OTHER: Final presentation of donor (dialect of choice) or final scene in assigned dialect.