The Accent Help dialect coaches have helped thousands of actors learn to speak with an accent. Their personal coaching experience is your key to success. They’ve worked through the process of teaching, practicing and perfecting accents, and now they’re sharing their knowledge with you.

Sharing Our Private Collection with You

Our team of dialect coaches travel the world with recorders in hand, amassing one of the largest private collections of original recordings of accents and dialects. When you work with AccentHelp’s training materials, you know you’re listening to real people with recordings that spotlight the distinguishing traits and nuances of each accent.

The site was only an idea back in 2003 when Jim Johnson and Kate DeVore first began rolling the idea around, and it found its footing in 2006, realizing that the internet has changed the way people do research and learn. They launched the site that fall, offering downloads online for the first time for learning accents and dialects. Michelle Lopez-Rios and Carolyn Johnson joined the team in 2009.

The site and the delivery method have changed a number of times in those few short years, with this latest version of the site going live in March of 2012. We’ve found a new crop of internet gerbils who madly dash about with your data and send you a link for the materials moments after you place your order – fast and easy. Both the gerbils and the process, or so I’ve heard…

The materials have changed, too. Not only are there far more downloads available now (the site launched with only four accents available), the materials sometimes change. Transcriptions of all speakers were added starting in 2010, and in 2011 each download expanded to new editions for portable readers.

We're currently updating the downloads further, adding bonus tracks that teach you a monologue in the target accent.  In addition, we're mixing up the voices a bit for you.  If the download is taught by Jim, we're adding Carolyn's voice to the practice sentences so that you get the examples in both a male and a female voice.  If Kate or Michelle are taking the lead in teaching it, we're adding Jim's voice. 

All You Had to Do Was Ask…

All of this changed because of the feedback from customers and clients like you. And the great thing is that if the materials get upgraded, you can get the update version – for free!

Got an idea about how we can make things better or easier? Let me know by emailing me directly at Jim@AccentHelp.com.

If you’ve got a distinct accent, or have a friend you think would be perfect, please let me know! I’m constantly looking for new recordings to add to the collection so that we can share them with you. Sleep is overrated.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks! -Jim

 

Jim Johnson

Jim is a tenured Full Professor of voice and dialects at the University of Houston, and he's an artistic associate with the Prague Shakespeare Company. He coaches dialects professionally at a variety of theatres, and has worked with the Prague Shakespeare Company, Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse, First Folio Shakespeare, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory, and Defiant Theatre. He also coached accents for the SXSW live event for the release of the final season of Game of Thrones.

Jim formerly served on the faculty of The Theatre School of DePaul University and taught at the Audition Studio in Chicago, Illinois. Jim got his MFA in Acting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

In addition to coaching and teaching, Jim works professionally as an actor and voiceover artist and is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Head of BFA Acting at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance where he teaches voice and accents.

You can reach him via email at Jim@AccentHelp.com. He regularly coaches actors for dialects online via Skype and by recording their lines in dialect for auditions and performances on camera and on stage.  You can arrange coaching with him in person or via Skype by checking out our Private Coaching options here on the site, or you can arrange for Jim to Record Your Script in whatever accent you need.

Kate DeVore

Kate DeVore, MA, CCC-SLP, is a voice, speech, and accent trainer, a speech pathologist specializing in professional voice, and author. She operates Total Voice Inc. in Chicago, where she coaches professional voice users ranging from actors to executives. Kate has coached voice/dialects at numerous theatres, including the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Drury Lane Theatre, and A Red Orchid Theatre. She also teaches at the School at Steppenwolf, Columbia College Chicago, the Summer Vocology Institute at the National Center for Voice and Speech, Acting Studio Chicago, and teaches nationally and abroad.

Kate has served on the board of directors and as director of conferences for VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association), and is a founding member and inaugural board member for PAVA (Pan American Vocology Association), where she sits on the advisory board. She is co-author of The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, and Improving Your Voice (2nd ed.), and creator the self-study eBook, Accent Modification: Neutral American Dialect, available on Apple and Google platforms. You can reach her at kate@totalvoice.net.

Michelle Lopez-Rios

Michelle Lopez-Rios is a teatrista, teacher and activist. She is an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. Voice and dialect coaching credits include: Steppenwolf, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Houston Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Bad Soviet Habits, Stages Repertory Theatre, Jersey Productions, Unhinged Productions, and Unity Theatre.

She is a co-founder of the Royal Mexican Players with Alvaro Saar Rios and together they have offered workshops, devised community productions, and produced original works around the U.S. She is an Associate Professor and Artistic Director of Chicago Playworks at The Theatre School at DePaul.

Find out more at michellelopezrios.com. For information on private coaching, in person or by phone, e-mail her at michelle.lopez.rios@gmail.com.

Carolyn Johnson

Carolyn is a dialect coach, actress and singer. She has coached regional productions of Wolf HallCuttin’ Up, Oliver!, No Child, Awake and Sing, and Red Light Winter among others. Carolyn is an Equity actress, and she has performed for years, including leading roles in Othello, End of the RainbowA Picasso, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Johnny Guitar: the Musical, This, Translations, Mr. Pim Passes By, Talley’s Folly, Enchanted April, a year-long run of The Great American Trailer Park Musical, and three years with Chicago’s production of Flanagan’s Wake.  She also works as a director, including productions of Boeing Boeing, The Philadelphia Story and Last Train to Nibroc.

The Houston Chronicle named Carolyn the “Ultimate Funny Girl” of Houston in 2006, and in 2008, Chronicle readers voted her the “Ultimate Stage Actress” of Houston.