Our coaches have years of education coupled with invaluable hands-on experience with actors of all levels, from Hollywood to high school theater.

Jim Johnson

Jim is a tenured Full Professor of voice and dialects at the University of Houston. 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, and for such actors as Aidan Quinn, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Ben McKenzie, Shawn Hatosy, Erin Dilly, Mia Dillon, Brent Barret, Monique Coleman and Connie Cooper. He has coached productions directed by John Rando, Scott Schwartz, Joe Brancato, Paul Barnes, Jackson Gay, Ken Ludwig, Judith Ivey, Anders Cato, Gregory Boyd, and Michael Wilson. He also recently coached accents for the actors in the SXSW live 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 at the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance where he teaches voice, speech, and dialects.

Read his interview in Back Stage Magazine about learning a dialect, or listen to his interview on Houston Matters on public radio.

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.

 

Kate DeVore

Kate is a Voice/Speech pathologist specializing in professional voice, a theatre voice, speech and dialect trainer, and a personal development coach. She has an M.A. in Speech Pathology (also known as communication disorders) with an emphasis in professional voice, and a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in acting and voice. She's also a Reiki master teacher and am certified in Vibrational Healing.

Through her Chicago-based business, Total Voice, Inc., Kate work with clients ranging from actors to executives on voice, speech, and personal development. She has trained hundreds of actors in dozens of accents. She has also taught a Neutral American dialect (Accent Modification) to numerous individuals, including native English speakers with regional dialects as well as those who speak English as a second language. Kate presents and publishes her work on voice and speech nationally and abroad. She is co-author of The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, and Improving Your Voice (Chicago Review Press).

Kate has worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School), The Voice Center at The University of Illinois Chicago Hospital, Roosevelt University, Columbia College, Wellesey College, Brandeis University, Emerson College, The School at Steppenwolf, and numerous theatre companies and training programs in Boston and Chicago. She also served as board member and director of conferences for VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association).

Find out more at www.TotalVoice.net. For information on private coaching, in person or by phone, e-mail her at kate@totalvoice.net.

 

Michelle Lopez-Rios

Michelle is an associate professor of voice at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also works professionally as a voice coach, actor, and director. Coaching credits include: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Renaissance Theaterworks, Uprooted, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI); Houston Shakespeare Festival, Stages Repertory Theatre, Mildred’s Umbrella, Unhinged Theatre, Rice University, University of Houston, and Unity Theatre (Houston/Brenham, TX); Jersey Productions (Cincinnati, OH). She's performed at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, the Court Theatre, and Troy Rep, Ojai Shakespeare Festival and A Contemporary Theatre.

Michelle is a founding member of The Royal Mexican Player and has conducted performance workshops for Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee United Community Center, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Mt. Mary College, and variousothers. Michelle is an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.

Find out more at www.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 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.

You can arrange coaching with her in person or via Skype by checking out our Private Coaching options here on the site.

 

 

 

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.