American Accent

Course runs 05 Feb 2022 to 12 Mar 2022

American Accent

  • 05 Feb 2022 - 12 Mar 2022

  • Saturday Mornings, 9:30am-11:30am

  • Screenwise Courses will be Delivered Live & Online Via Zoom for the Duration of the Sydney Lockdown and will Return to In-Person Learning when restricitons allow

  • $605 ($499 earlybird ends 22 Jan 2022)

About the course

Will your American accent stand up to audition nerves and film set pressure? Does your American accent stand the test of a highly charged emotional scene? Is your American accent truly authentic or do you fluke it?

Don’t crash course your way through a vital industry skill that can make or break your way into Hollywood. American Accent Classes at Screenwise run for six consecutive weeks to ensure you have a confident grasp of the vocal gymnastics required to master the American Accent.

You’ll walk away with the essential tools needed to continuously work on perfecting your accent and heighten your confidence in the audition room!

Widely acclaimed vocal coach Natasha McNamara dubbed by Hugh Jackman as “one of the best in the business” returns to Screenwise in 2020 for American Accent Workshops in its extended and exclusive six-week format”

Screenwise’s American Accent Workshop are designed to give the actor ‘the edge’ when auditioning for American film and TV productions. At Screenwise, we teach actors the vocal gymnastics needed to obtain an authentic American accent. If you are serious about working as an actor, an American accent is a critical skill that you must develop – and retain.

An accent takes considerable time, commitment and muscle memory to learn. Which is why our workshop takes place each week for two hours over a period of six consecutive weeks.

Leading dialogue coach, Natasha McNamara will train actors in every aspect of American accent including:

* Phonetics – the shape of mouth, position of tongue, placement of voice
* Muscle memory – through repetition, weekly exercises and pre-class preparation
* Monologue and 2-hander scene work as actors learn to ‘embody the character with an accent’ and not ‘play the accent’
* Performances are recorded, accent analysed and refined in class

The American Accent workshop works exclusively on Standard American accent which is the most popular in overseas productions.

"One of the best"

“Natasha is one of the best voice coaches in the business"

- Hugh Jackman

"I was asked if I was American"

“Natasha helped me find an authentic American accent. I was even asked if I was American”

- Natalie Saleeba

"A Big Thank you to Natasha"

“A big thank you to Natasha for expanding my Knowledge surrounding General American Accent and helping me find my own voice in the dialect”
- Sean Keenan

"Casted within 1 week of finishing"

"I just finished the 6 week American accent course with Natasha and I have to say it was amazing. I had a great group of fellow students, Natasha is so amazing and I will miss having class with her every Tuesday. I learnt so much in those short weeks and feel more confident with my approach of the accent. Less than 1 week after finishing I was already casted to a role that required an American Accent. Couldn't recommend more"
- Emma-Louise Campbell


"Natasha is fantastic."
- Joel Phillips

"Love, Love, Love Natasha!"

"One of the best courses I have done. Love, love, love Natasha!"
- Luana Pohe

About Your Tutor - Natasha McNamara

Natasha McNamara is a vocal expert with over ten years experience as a voice coach. As a voice coach, Natasha has a versatile teaching style. She has been both a professional actor and voice teacher and thus has a unique understanding of the student experience and industry expectations. Her teachings cater to discovering the individual student’s unique voice and empowering them to use that voice. Her style incorporates elements of the teachings of vocal gurus Cicely Berry and Barbara Hausmann and includes yoga and the principles of Arthur Lesic.

She is sought after as a teacher across a wide range of areas from vocal coaching on film and TV to a voice coach for corporate presentation and vocal studies for student...

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About screenwise

Screenwise was established in the year 2000 to provide specialist, career-focused training in acting for film & television. The school employs leading industry professionals – award-winning actors, directors & casting consultants who are articulate and inspirational teachers.

Screenwise is overseen by Denise Roberts (Schapelle, The Moodys, Cliffy, Mrs Biggs, Packed To The Rafters, Blood Brothers, Razzle Dazzle, Always Greener, GP). The school offers full-time and part-time intensive creative and technical screen acting programs which are accredited and up to date with Australian and International film industry standards.

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