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Amanda-Quaid

AMANDA QUAID

Voice 3

Education

B.A. Vassar College. Amanda was part of the first cohort to certify in Miller Voice Method, and was also certified as an Advanced Breathwork Practitioner by the International Breathwork Foundation. She has trained in diverse approaches to voice and speech, including Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Fitzmaurice and Linklater voice work, Patsy Rodenburg, and Edith Skinner. She is currently pursuing certification as a meditation instructor with Kripalu.

Experience

Amanda has taught speech and accents in New York City for over 20 years. Her clients include award-winning stage and film actors, models, comedians, pop and opera singers, media personalities, corporate executives, and children. Additionally, she’s served on faculty of Freeman Studio, HB Studio, LIU, and The New School. She’s the author of the only book on American Accent acquisition designed specifically for native English speakers, and she was featured as a dialect expert on Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. She is the founder of The Talk Shop, LLC (talkshopnyc.com).

Philosophy

“How does the way we speak reflect and affect who we are?” That question guides my approach to speech and dialect work. I’m interested in how the actor uses accent work to support and stimulate the broader process of creating a character. Acting in an accent brings up special challenges for the performer. There can be tension, self-consciousness, and fear. But accents can also be profoundly liberating keys to character. My background is varied, and I draw from disciplines of breath, voice, and mind training to meet each actor right where they are and help them find more ease and joy in their speech work.

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