Dialects Class at the Guthrie with Vocal Coach Mira Kehoe

Expand your skillset and vocal practice while gaining the tools you’ll need to learn any dialect with seasoned vocal coach Mira Kehoe!

  • Voice & Speech: Dialects class at the Guthrie

In this workshop we will discuss the difference between dialects and accents, how to research and apply them to text, and when and why to sing in dialect. We will explore Standard British and Cockney, and will apply them to some spoken text and song. Required materials: The Dialect Handbook by Ginny Kopf. Prerequisite: Theater Basics or Physical Approaches I and Voice and Speech I (or equivalent experience). Capacity: 12 students. 

Sundays, October 6 – November 10 | 6:30 – 9 p.m.                                                                                        

Class Fee: $260                                                                                                                                                    

Instructor: Mira Kehoe                                                                                                                             

Register here: Voice & Speech: Dialects

If this is up your alley, some other upcoming classes and workshops that you may find interesting include:

  • Shakespeare: Sonnets with Mira Kehoe                                                                                          

Explore the structure of the sonnet to increase your understanding of Shakespeare’s use of verse. You’ll learn how to examine a text for sense, rhythm, meter, imagery and the use of rhetorical and poetic devices as well as embody a text through physical and vocal explorations. Then you’ll dive into one of your favorite sonnets on your own and with a group.

Monday and Tuesday, November 4-5 (two consecutive days) 6:30-9:30pm

  • Shakespeare: Monologues with Mira Kehoe                                                                                    

Want to gain more experience in selecting and preparing classical audition pieces? Explore scansion, musicality and figures of speech in Shakespeare’s monologues while freeing your voice through playful explorations. You’ll take away practical tools that will help you successfully mine a text for clear, powerful speaking and emotional truth.

Monday and Tuesday, November 11-12 (two consecutive days) 6:30-9:30pm

  • Scene Study: Analyzing the Text with H. Adam Harris                                                                          

Dive into the creative, complex and amazing world of the script – the starting place to prepare for roles in both contemporary and classic plays. Following a scene study format, where students will work in pairs or small groups using the text as the starting place to develop characters and better understand the story being staged.

Mondays, November 11 – December 16 | 6:30–9 p.m.

  • Physical Comedy and Clowning with Alison Witham                                                                          

Get serious about being funny. In this physical comedy course, participants will explore the elements of theatrical clowning, including slapstick, comedic conflict and timing. Designed to heighten a performers natural sense of play, "find the game," and create comedic business, this class focuses on turning off your inner critic’s brain in order to connect more deeply and honestly with the audience.                                              

Sundays, November 10 – December 8 | 3–5 p.m. (no class December 1)                                                      

  • The Alexander Technique for the Actor with Eli Sibley                                                                           

The focus of the class will be on the principles of the technique and learning the art of self-direction, using warm-up, monologues and partnering work. This class is experiential, designed to teach actors how to be comfortable in their own skin and create onstage intensity without the tension.                                   

Wednesdays, October 30 – November 20 | 6:30–8:30 p.m.                                                                      


Interested in learning more? You can find all of our upcoming workshops and classes on our webpage here: https://www.guthrietheater.org/education/classes/. Feel free to scroll through and open all of the tabs to read the full descriptions of each class.

If you have any questions about upcoming programming, feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or over the phone at (612) 225-6172.


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Guthrie Theater
Madeline A.
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Posted September 11