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Accents and Dialects with Alex Lefeld (ages 16 and up)

  • ShadowboxLive's Backstage Bistro 503 S Front Street Columbus, OH (map)

Learn new skills, have more fun!

That's right, it's all the fun of summer camp, but for adults, and with minimal time commitment!

In this course, improvisers and actors will gain knowledge and practice through researching and preparing dialects that are commonly used in dramatic texts, via the phonemic alphabet. Skills learned in this class help the actor become more versatile and rounded performer. Improvisers will also gain the ability to adapt methods learned in class to discovering new dialects and how to produce them.

In other words:

  • Learn the techniques needed to speak in Irish, British or other accents
  • Explore the phonetics of different accents and apply that knowledge to learn more accents on your own
  • Understand the difference between similar accents and how to transition easily between them

This course is both for improvisers and actors with a broad range of experience. So whether you're new to the game, or want to fine tune your repertoire, this class is for you!


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Alex Lefeld is an acting and improv veteran who has trained at Second City TC in Chicago, SAK Comedy in Orlando, and Co-Founded Fishbowl Improv at Ohio State University. Alex is a founding performer of TBD: the Improvised Musical and has formerly been a part of groups like Fake Bacon and Pocket Lint. Alex graduated with a BA in Theatre from OSU with specialized training in acting, movement, voice and improv. Alex is also an award winning actor whose students have gone on to sign with acting agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.