Blinn-Bryan Theatre Arts invites community to free dialect workshop

Dialect coach, director, and actress Carolyn Johnson will lead the Oct. 11 session

October 10, 2018

From an Irish lilt to the Queen’s English, the Blinn College-Bryan Campus Theatre Arts Program is inviting the community to master a multitude of dialects with professional dialect coach Carolyn Johnson.

An actress, singer, director, and dialect coach for over 25 years, Johnson will lead a workshop from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Blinn-Bryan Student Center Room F-120 (map). The event is free and open to the public.

“Carolyn is such a talented performer and coach,” Blinn-Bryan Theatre Director Greg Wise said. “She is very dynamic with her instruction, incorporating verbal and physical exercises to ensure her audience is not only learning but also having fun.”

Johnson has served as the dialect and vocal coach for productions at numerous theatres, including the Houston Grand Opera, Prague Shakespeare, Co., Stages Repertory Theatre, Main Street Theatre, and Unity Theatre.

In addition to coaching, Johnson is an Equity actress who has performed in Houston, Prague, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philidelphia. In 2008, she was voted The Houston Chronicle’s “Ultimate Stage Actress” of Houston.

Johnson, along with her husband, Jim, offer private coaching through AccentHelp, an online dialect training program for more than 40 different accents and dialects. Jim Johnson, a voice and accents professor at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, hosted a private training session last month for Blinn-Bryan theatre students participating in the upcoming production of “London Wall.”

To participate in the dialect workshop, contact Wise at greg.wise@blinn.edu.

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