“The language of character is speech, and the language of speech is IPA. My goal as an acting teacher is to help students truly transform into any character they can imagine. How we sound is closely tied to our personal identities and the characters we put onstage. By providing the tools to describe and communicate about all the sounds that the human instrument can make, IPA (the International Phonetic Alphabet) gives actors the physical and textual blocks to build characters who come from anywhere and can sound a way that emanates from their core truth. Our way into speech work includes getting to know your instrument through anatomy, exercises, and personal discovery. This frees the actor’s body in new ways, enabling the actor to be more in charge of their instrument. Speech is inseparable from the worlds of voice, text & movement. By involving these aspects of acting in learning IPA, speech can be better understood as a natural and vital aspect of character creation.”
Blake Segal is an actor, singer, dialect coach, and teacher based in New York City. He has taught voice and speech here at HB Studio, Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors, Fairfield University, Kean University, and Theatre Arts Center NY. As a private coach, he has worked with clients ages 8-68 from five continents on auditioning and cultivating American and International dialects alike. Production Coaching credits include the Araca Project (Off-Broadway), Columbia University School of the Arts, Fordham University Theatre, Walkerspace at SoHo Rep, Yale School of Drama, Kean University Department of Theater, Fault Line Theatre, and Stella Adler Conservatory. He has been the Dialects Assistant to Beth McGuire at Yale Repertory Theatre and John Patrick at PlayMakers Repertory Company and Gulfshore Playhouse. As an actor he has appeared on the National Tour of Mary Poppins, Off-Broadway’s Bones in the Basket, major regional theaters across the country, and on television. Blake holds a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.