For Theatre Directors, Producers, GM's...
Ben is one of the leading dialect and voice/text coaches in New York. He can work with you at any or all stages of the rehearsal and performance process. He can assist you as a dialect coach, as a voice/text coach, and has worked as all three on many productions.
Dialect - prior to the rehearsal or workshop, Ben works with the director to put together a plot of dialect needs for all the characters, with an emphasis both on accuracy and audience comprehension.
During rehearsals, he can work with the cast as a group and/or individually to make the dialect as accurate and clear as possible.
Ben will attend run-throughs and previews as required, to listen and then give notes to the actors.
Once the show is in performance, he will attend performances as required to maintain the dialect to the opening night standard, as well as working with understudies and replacement actors.
Voice/Text - Ben can work with actors to help them with vocal production at any stage of the rehearsal or performance process. He can work with vocal support for filling the space or helping the actor to work on moments of voice in vocal or emotional extremis.
He can work with actors in rehearsal to help them shape their vocal performance and intention to best serve the piece, the director and writer's needs, and to support their vocal instrument for rehearsal and performance.
Musicals - Ben has a great deal of experience and skill in putting dialect onto songs. He has worked with musical supervisors/directors, directors and composers of Broadway shows, National Tours, and regional productions to work out how dialect can best fit within the melody and rhythm of individual songs in musicals.
Children - Ben has worked very successfully with literally hundreds of children for Broadway shows and National Tours, as well as off-Broadway and regional productions. He worked with the three TONY award winning Billy Elliots as well as the four Matildas, who won TONYs for Excellence in Theatre. He has developed a method of working with young actors that has proven itself in big shows like Billy Elliot and Matilda to small plays like Animal and Our New Girl (Atlantic Theatre Company).
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Some of Ben's recent productions...