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Dialect Coaching

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Dialect coach Lereaney talks the talk -Calgary Herald, page 38 - 21 Apr 2012

David Lereaney teaches Americans how to sound Canadian and Canucks how to sound American It may seem a bit of a cliche. But when coaching American actor Aidan Quinn on how to sound more Canadian, Calgarian David Lereaney advised him to pepper his dialogue with a few “ehs” every now and then. Read More at Calgary Herald...

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David has been a respected coach and teacher of dialects and accents since 1998 through his company Dial/Act Inc, having taught at almost every college and university in Alberta. He has been the dialect coach on many theatrical productions and made in Alberta films such as PAPA’S ANGELS, JOHNSON COUNTY WAR, THE DEATH AND LIFE OF NANCY EATON, LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME, INTO THE WEST, BROKEN TRAIL, AND CAROLINA MOON, coaching Academy Award winner Eva Marie Saint, Jessica Pare, Rachel Ward, Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon, Oscar winner Brenda Fricker, Matthew Modine, Golden Globe winner Kerri Russel, Skeet Ulrich, Joely Richardson, Greta Scacchi (performance nominated for an Emmy), Clair Forlani and Jacqueline Bisset and many others.

David specializes in GENERAL AMERICAN DIALECT for Canadian actors offering a 3 hour seminar on standard American dialect and pronunciation which he has conducted for hundreds of Canadian actors from Calgary to Toronto.
3 1/2 HOUR SEMINAR includes:

  • Lecture/demo on the sound of "Americanese"
  • Comprehensive notes and list of over 85 words, phrases and sounds (CD included)
  • Practical workout with TV and film scripts
David also offers a GENERAL DIALECT AND ACCENT WORKSHOP designed to provide actors with the tools and techniques  needed to intelligently tackle any dialect and accent they may encounter.  He brings twenty-nine years of professional experience as a character actor to this course, and opens the vault to his extensive audio library of audio dialect samples.

 In this workshop he shares his methodology and love for regional dialects and accents through an in-depth examination of specific dialects, identifying and isolating their essential elements - vowel sounds, consonant sounds, musicality, emphasis, tonal placement, idioms, and language-specific sounds. By employing careful study of authentic audio dialect samples, participants will learn to apply these elements to any dialect or accent. Practical in-class work  include application of the dialects to dialogue (film, TV and theatre scripts), prose or poetry pieces.

As well, David offers private coaching for actors in any dialect or accent for auditions or performance, providing every actor with a set of comprehensive notes on the dialect and a CD of primary audio dialect samples.

Accent reduction is also available for speakers of English as a second language.

Contact David for rates and availability.


TRAINING: BFA - University of Alberta – Professional actor training (Conservatory Program)
Dialect course – Instructor – Bill Meilen

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Actor: 30 years – Film, TV, theatre

Dialect Instructor: University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, Mount Royal College, Canadian Casting Centre, Company of Rogues Acting Studio, Playhouse North, Theatre Alberta – Dramaworks (Workshop intensive)

Coach/instructor of all accents and dialects from Arabic to Zulu (Vast audio sample library)
Conduct courses in General American Speech for Canadian actors in film and television
Private coaching for actors and people seeking accent ‘reduction’

Dialect Coach: (Film & TV)

DAMNATION – Universal Cable Productions – Killian Scott (Standard American)
FARGO Season 2 and 3 – FX (all Casts – Minnesota dialect)
THE RECKONING – Hallmark (Pennsylvania "Dutch"
FORSAKEN – Redemption Alberta Inc. – Demi Moore, Greg Ellis, Michael Wincottt and Canadian cast (Wyoming
CUT BANK – CUT BANK Productions – Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Billy Bob Thornton and cast (Montana)
KLONDIKE – Discovery Channel/Scott Free productions – Richard Madden (American) and Marton Csokas (Canadian)
THE HORSES OF MACBRIDE – Whizbang Films - (Personal coach to Aidan Quinn – Canadian prairie ranch dialect)
DRAWING HOME – M.Y.R.A Entertainment – (Coach for Kate Mulgrew, Peter Strauss and cast – Boston and Scots dialects)
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE KIDS (Disney) Coach for Hilary Tuck (German)
CAITLIN'S WAY (Nickelodeon) Coaching general American & other dialects
PAPA’S ANGELS (Ventura Prod/CBS) Coach for Eva Marie Saint, Cynthia Nixon & cast (Appalachian)
JOHNSON COUNTY WAR (JCW Prod) Coach for Rachel Ward, Michele Forbes & cast (Midwest)
THE GREAT GOOSE CAPER (Voice Pictures) Dialogue/Acting coach
DON’T CALL ME TONTO – Feature. Coached Cockney dialect
DANGEROUS ACQUAINTANCES – CTV - for Jessica Pare (Deaf speech)
UNDERCOVER CHRISTMAS – CBS Movie (coached Canadian cast in Chicago and general US)
HOLLYWOOD WIVES – U.S. TV Movie – (Coached Canadian cast in American dialect)
CALL ME: THE RISE & FALL OF HEIDI FLEISS – U.S. Cable movie (coached Brenda Fricker and Canadian cast – General American)
INTO THE WEST – Dreamworks/TNT (Coach for Keri Russell, Skeet Ulrich, Jessica Capshaw, Matthew Settle, Matthew Modine, Rachael Leigh Cook and general cast – Virginia dialect
LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME – Lifetime (Coach for Joely Richardson and cast- North Carolina dialect)
BROKEN TRAIL – Butcher Run Films (Coach for Greta Scacchi –Midwest dialect - Emmy nominated performance)
CAROLINA MOON - (Coached Jacqueline Bissett and Clair Forlani - North Carolina dialect)
THE LAST RITES OF RANSOM PRIDE - Horsethief Pictures (Coach for Lizzy Caplan – Texas) 

Dialect Coach: (Stage)

WAYS AND MEANS – Lunchbox Theatre – (RP British, Cockney, Russian) 2010
TOXIC AVENGER – Broadway West – (New Jersey dialect) 2011
SOMEONE WHO’LL WATCH OVER ME – Liffey Players (Dublin dialect) 2012
ROPE – Vertigo  Theatre (British RP dialect) 2012
WHIMSY STATE – Lunchbox Theatre (New York, Russian, Standard American) 2012
COSI –(Australian) Alberta Theatre Projects, U of Lethbridge
BEDFULL OF FOREIGNERS- (French) StageWest, Calgary 2002
SWEENEY TODD – (Cockney, Irish, Standard Brit), FROBISHER (Accent reduction) Calgary Opera 2004/7
STAGESTRUCK – (Australian) Vertigo Theatre 2005
SHAKESPEARE’S DOG – (Warwickshire) AlbertaTheatre Projects 2009
LONESOME WEST - (Galway) Liffey Players

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