Speech 3: General American

All classes will be held online via Zoom until we are able to resume classes at the Studio.


Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10 week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A. 


Continuing with the foundation laid in Speech 1 and Speech 2, you will continue to develop and deepen your working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) as an essential and practical actor’s tool in service to the clarity of communication. Concepts such as deep listening, the skills of intelligibility, and J.C. Wells’ Lexical Sets will be employed and added to your ever-expanding toolkit.

In addition to working with a wide array of texts, a focus of the class will center upon the study of and subsequent embodiment of a General American accent. The goal is to expand and deepen speech skills, acquiring greater specificity of articulatory action.

These practices and skills will be useful to both native and non-native speakers of English.

SPEECH 3 INSTRUCTOR: Theresa McElwee


Recommended readingSPEAKING WITH SKILL: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork by Dudley Knight.


*Please review registration prerequisites before enrolling (on the right-hand side of this page on desktop or below on mobile).

You may join Part B without taking Part A:

Current and Upcoming