VOICE             &            DIALECT COACHING

Cynthia has coached numerous actors privately for film, television and theatre. She is a freelance dialect coach for productions and individual actors and teaches seasonal workshops in Los Angeles.

Some of Cynthia's theatrical voice and dialect coach credits include:

  • Orange is The New Black (Netflix)

  • El Huracán (Yale Repertory)

  • Measure for Measure (Yale)

  • Alice (Yale)

  • I Come From Arizona (Children's Theatre of Minneapolis)

  • The Affair (Showtime)

  • In The Heights (Phoenix Theater, AZ)

  • Shelter (Center for New Performance/CalArts) featured in American Theatre Magazine

  • The Long Road Today  (South Coast Repertory) featured in American Theatre Magazine

  • In the Heights (Chance Theater, CA)

  • Untitled by Ruth Markovsky, The Importance of Being Earnest (UCSB)

  • In the Red and Brown Water, (UCSB)

  • Broken Eggs, Anna in the Tropics and Marisol (USC)

Some directors Cynthia has collaborated with: Laurie Woolery, Shirley Jo Finney,

Robert Kolby Harper, Nataki Garrett, Risa Brainin, Martin Acosta, Armando Molina.

      Fitzmaurice Voicework® is a comprehensive approach to voice training. It includes, as needed, work on breathing and the body, resonance, speech, dialects, impromptu and prepared public speaking, text, singing, voice with movement, and presence. This unique path to the mastery of vocal functioning was originated by Catherine Fitzmaurice.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® is currently taught at Yale School of Drama, Harvard University/American Repertory Theatre's Institute for Advanced Theatre Training, New York University's Graduate Acting Program and in several of NYU's undergraduate studios, the University of California-Irvine, and many other institutions and theatres in the United States and abroad.

Fitzmaurice Voicework® explores the dynamics between body, breath, voice, imagination, language, and presence. Integrating physical experience and mental focus, the work develops vibrant voices that communicate intention and feeling without excess effort.     


     Knight-Thompson Speechwork® is a highly effective, skills-based approach to speech and accent training for actors that places emphasis on developing the speaker’s detailed awareness of—and deep engagement with—the precise physical actions which make up speech. By combining a rigorous investigation of those actions with playful, experiential exercises, this work moves quickly and effectively past the usual interference that can make speech work difficult for many students. The primary guiding principle is curious, attentive interrogation—interrogation of what we’re doing physically when we speak; interrogation of what physical habits we may bring to the act of speaking that inhibit free and flexible expression; interrogation of what it is that makes speech intelligible or unintelligible; thoughtful investigation of what any text, moment, or medium might require from the actor in terms of skilled speech; interrogation of what, precisely, makes up what we call an ‘accent’; interrogation of what it is that allows actors to most efficiently, skillfully, and accurately adopt different accents.     http://ktspeechwork.com                   

 ©2018 Cynthia DeCure

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