Amy has been formally coaching dialects, speeches and sonnets since 2004, when she was chosen by the Voice & Speech faculty at The Boston Conservatory to serve as a Teaching Assistant. During that time, she taught a number of freshmen through junior level classes, primarily focusing on Shakespeare, and assisted her fellow students with accents for classes and shows. Since then, she has worked with many pupils privately in addition to being hired as the dialect consultant/coach on several productions.
A number of actors are spooked by the thought of working on Shakespeare, and give up on themselves far too easily. If you know what to look for, the text will tell you how to speak it. Amy will provide you with tools that will give you a road map through the language, and turn something potentially daunting into a freeing, delicious experience.
Even a basic knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet is incredibly helpful with regards to learning dialects, as it facilitates consistency. This is also useful if you want to refer to your notes months or years later, as the symbols will always refer to the same sound. Some students prefer to have sessions devoted entirely to IPA, while others like to spend half an hour with the phonetics, and the second half with a particular accent. It’s your session, and can be constructed however you wish!
Amy Jo is now also offering various small group dialect and monologue classes. For more information on current class schedule, please visit Amy Jo's official Coaching Website!
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Testimonials Spreading the Good Word About Working With Amy
"Amy is a wonderful dialect coach with an astounding ear. She has helped me prepare for several auditions that required an accent and I've always gone in feeling confident."
~ Denis Lambert (A Chorus Line - B’way and 1st National Tour; White Christmas National Tour)
"Book a coaching with Amy Jackson... book jobs. Worked for me on multiple occasions."
~ Nick Adams (Broadway's Priscilla Queen of the Desert; La Cage aux Folles (2010 Revival); Guys & Dolls; A Chorus Line; The Pirate Queen)
"Amy's expertise of the IPA combined with her fine-tuned ear makes for personal and highly efficient coaching sessions. I count on her for a productive, professional, and playful time."
~ Adina Verson (Yale School of Drama - MFA class of 2012)
"Amy Jackson [is] a superb young artist who served as our Dialect Coach for the World Premiere production of LOOKING AT CHRISTMAS in December 2010. Ms. Jackson worked with our young emerging company of actors, The Bats, on a variety of accents - from street Cockney to proper British, from country Irish to cosmopolitan Russian. The result was a hilarious display of verve and talent. Ms. Jackson is to be commended for her attitude, her precision and her winning demeanor. She was a total delight and an integral part of the creative spirit behind the production."
~ Carol Ostrow (Producing Director, The Flea Theater)