Audition & Dialect Coaching

  • Theatre & On Camera

  • English as a Second Language

  • Dialects

  • Corporate. (Public speaking make you nervous? I can help you relax, breathe and communicate your intention.)

I taught Acting and Shakespeare to the ages 8-21, for eight years. I’ve taught in public schools, private schools, Regional Theatre Educational Programs in NYC, Connecticut, New Jersey, Boston, San Francisco, and even the Cadets at West Point. I adore teaching because it reminds me of why I originally started acting. I love being part of the traditions of passing on this art form.

Since I graduated from my MFA, I’ve been private coaching. I have an excellent ear for dialects, especially British RP/Estuary, Irish, Southern Drawl and New England Regionalisms…including a classic “Boston Accent.”

NEWS:

currently: POLISH, GEORGIA SOUTHERN, BRITISH (RP) DIALECT COACH and VOCAL TECHNIQUE for FunnyHouse of a Negro and Movie Star by Adrienne Kennedy directed by Alice Reagan at Barnard College

DIALECT RESEARCHER & DIALECT COACH on Salt Water People by Jake Rosenberg produced by American Lore Theater, written up in the Wall Street Journal, will perform November 3 in Port Washington, Long Island at the Oyster Bay Historical Society

SCOTTISH DIALECT Coached Scots Accent in a reading of Motherly Love, Or the Lies of A Cell, by Marthe Rachel Gold at Primary Stages.

APPALACHIAN & SWEDISH DIALECTS Coached a public reading of Mothman, a new play by Charlotte Ahlin, directed by Kathleen Capdesuner and produced by Jake Rosenberg of American Lore Theater in June at City Lore in LES @americanloretheater

IRISH DIALECT & POETIC RHETORIC Coached Ailis Ni Riain’s The Tallest Man in the World, at The Tank see blog review by Emily Cordes on Theatre Is Easy

DIALECT FEEDBACK:

“Working with Lily on my Scottish Dialect was beyond helpful! Lily not only clearly articulated technical aspects (breaking down vowels, sound placement, etc), she was willing to get curious in all aspects with me. She was a patient listener and teacher, and built my confidence with the dialect quickly. Madalena Provo 8/12/2019

“Lily is masterful in identifying the key sounds of a dialect, so that you can hear them and learn to produce them yourself. I had to do a French Accent for a Blacklist audition and I had very little time to prepare. Lily demo-ed key characteristics for me to follow, and clearly differentiated them from my own vocal tendencies. It resulted in a director's session for the show!" Adrianna Mitchell (Little America, NYTW, Two River Theater) 7/19/2019

“Lily helped me integrate the British Estuary Dialect into my work in such a way that freed me up to focus on the acting, and not the technicalities of dialect.” Bronte England-Nelson (Yale School of Drama) 7/23/2019

Lily helped me with my English Language pronunciation, casual “chit chat” and phrasing, and her acting exercises were fun.” Kaung Ze (Personal Assistant) 7/21/2018

ACTING FEEDBACK:

"As an acting coach, Lily is sharp, insightful and kind with her feedback, and she creates a space where you feel safe to play and fine tune what you're working on! Adrianna Mitchell (Little America, NYTW, Two River Theater) 5/29/2019

“Lily is very detailed, with feedback and crafting that leads to specific work. She’s very kind and warm, and made me feel relaxed, free and safe.” Kadeem Ali Harris (Sweat, American Conservatory Theater) 1/8/2019

“An incredibly warm, gentle presence to work with. Lily always creates a safe space to experiment & play. Her sharp eye allows her to take what you are already bringing to the work and refine it; making you more specific and more YOU, which is absolutely invaluable to me. Highly, highly recommend!” Amanda Lea Mason (Elephant Man B’way) 1/9/2019

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