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Speaking American (eBook)  

The Australian Actor's Guide to an American Dialect

Speaking American (eBook) $23.63 ex GST
$25.99 inc GST
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Now available as an eBook, Speaking American is a simple and accurate guide to speaking in a General American (GenAm) dialect: the preferred dialect for performance in a wide range of American stage, film and television works. GenAm can also operate as a foundation dialect for other regional or ethnic American dialects.

Written specifically for the Australian actor, the eBook covers pronunciation, intonation, American lingo, phonetics, tongue placement, lip formation and practical exercises, as well as words and phrases useful for improvisation work. Also featured are exercises involving practice words, sentences and scenes, designed to teach each aspect of the dialect.

A significant feature of the eBook is the embedded audio files giving examples in both U.S. and Australian dialect that can be played on iPhone, iPad or Mac or on any other device using Adobe Digital Editions.
Speaking American is the perfect tool for the Australian actor at home, on set or in the rehearsal room.


'I can happily say that Bruce Shapiro's technically based approach liberates the actor and achieves outstanding results.'  Sue Rider, Director

'Bravo! Finally, a comprehensive practical tool for Australian actors to learn the American dialect... Speaking American is a "must-read" accessory for every Australian actor.' Damien Anthony Rossi, Casting Director


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-612-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


Bruce Shapiro is the leading American dialogue coach in Australia, and has worked on over thirty productions. He was previously the Head of Performance and Acting at the Victorian College of Arts, School of Drama. He also taught and directed at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts in Brisbane, the Academy of the Arts at the Queensland University of Technology and was for eight years the Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Acting, Directing, and Dramatic Literature at Tufts University in Boston.