Ben Furey Dialect, Voice/Text Coach

About Ben

 Ben with Joe Mantello during rehearsal for  The Last Ship.  (phote courtest of Shawna Hamic)

Ben with Joe Mantello during rehearsal for The Last Ship. (phote courtest of Shawna Hamic)

 

Based in New York City, Ben Furey is one of the leading dialect and voice/text coaches working in the US today.  He has worked on over 110 theatre productions, including 17 on Broadway.  He has spent many days and hours on set and in ADR studios for TV and film productions.  Ben has over twenty years experience as a coach, consultant, and teacher. 

Ben has worked on a number of  TONY and other award winning productions, including Billy Elliot, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Matilda, The Last Ship, and the immersive Sweeney Todd.  He has coached six actors on their TONY award winning performances, including Greg Jbara, Gabriel Ebert and Alex Sharp. He worked with the four Matildas, who each won special TONY Awards for Excellence. He has worked with sixteen actors on their off-Broadway award winning roles. 

He trained as a Voice/Text and Dialect teacher and coach on the world-renowned Voice Studies program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. After graduating from Central, Ben was hired at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, where he taught and coached for three years. He then moved to the US where he began teaching and coaching, initially in Texas, and then at the world-ranked BFA Acting program in the School of Drama of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. He spent nine years teaching Dialect and Voice/Text at UNCSA.  After he began working on Billy Elliot on Broadway and his work profile grew, Ben moved to New York where he has been based ever since.

Ben's work on TV and Film has covered many days on set, in rehearsal, in the studio, and on Skype.  He worked on TV shows like Elementary and on films like James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Ben has been dialect consultant on a number of projects for actors like John Noble and Brían F. O’Byrne.

As a native Brit and dual citizen (US/UK) and having worked for a number of years in Ireland, Ben has become the go-to coach in NYC for British and Irish dialects. He has coached a lot of American dialects as well as many of Africa, Europe, Australasia, and Asia.

Ben has taught classes and workshops in a number of educational institutions and theatres in Europe and the US, including The Juilliard School, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Gaiety School of Acting (Dublin), and for the "Old Vic – New Voices" workshops in NYC.