Publications: Standards, in "Voice & Speech Review," premiere issue, August, 2000; Reply to Ralph Zito and David Hammond, in "Voice & Speech Review," premiere issue, August 2000; Standard Speech: The Ongoing Debate, in The Vocal Vision, edited by Marian Hampton and Barbara Acker, Applause Theatre Books, 1997; William Tilly and Standard Speech, in VASTA Newsletter, reprinted in Louis Colaianni's The Joy of Phonetics, Drama Books, 1995; Acting is Re-Acting, in On-Stage Studies, July 1991.
Education: Haverford College, B.A. English Literature, 1962; Yale University, School of Drama, M.F.A. Acting, 1965; Certified as Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework; Also, five years' singing study with Lawrence Moe (Hartt College of Music), Edythe Spector, Hartford CT, and Robert Weede, San Francisco, CA.
Other Teaching: Over a forty year teaching career--Voice Production, Speech, Dialects, Acting, at the following institutions: Master Teacher at The Actors Center, New York; Yale School of Drama; American Conservatory Theatre; UCLA; American Academy of Dramatic Arts/West; Lee Strasberg Institute; University of Southern California; California State University--Northridge; Theatricum Botanicum, Los Angeles; University of Colorado--Boulder; University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee; South Coast Repertory; Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy; California Institute of the Arts; For two years Voice Consultant for the ABC Radio Network.
Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia: Regular workshops for speech teachers in Knight Speechwork, taught with Professor Philip Thompson; Regular instructor of teachers in Catherine Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification program; Voice and text workshop with Catherine Fitzmaurice; OVer ten workshop or panels at ATHE Conferences; Workshops and papers at Phonetics Teaching and learning Conferences (University College, London), VASTA and Voice Foundation conferences; Dialect workshops at Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and Betty Ann Norton Theatre School (Dublin)
Other Professional Activity: National Board, Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), 1996-1999; Founder and List-owner of VASTAVOX, an international e-mail discussion list on voice and speech issues; Associate Editor: International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA); Board of Directors, Riverside Repertory Theatre, Riverside, California, 1997-1999; Five seasons on Artistic Staff (1993-1997) as resident voice and dialect director at South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa CA; Over 60 professional productions as voice/text/dialect director at such theatres as South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, among others. .
Stage Acting: Nearly 100 professional productions; Founding member of Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT; Other Regional Theatres: Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Ensemble Studio Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Magic Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Padua Hills Playwrights Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Six seasons (1986-1991) as Guest Artist with Colorado Shakespeare Festival.
Film/TV Acting: Over 30 productions, including THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN, M*A*S*H, THE CANDIDATE, THE BLUE KNIGHT, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, FIRST MONDAY IN OCTOBER, POLICE STORY, KNOTS LANDING, ROCKFORD FILES, EIGHT IS ENOUGH.
Voice Acting (acting and directing): Over 200 radio plays, readings, and documentary narrations; Winner of two Armstrong Awards, one CPB Award, one Ohio State Award; Over 50 commercials, on-camera and voiceover.
Unions and Professional Organizations: Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA); Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE); American Dialect Society; Voice Foundation; International Phonetic Association; Actors Equity Association (AEA); Screen Actors Guild (SAG); American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
Dudley Knight has developed an approach to speech and accent training that focuses on the development of perceptual and muscular skills of articulation. The overall purpose is to help actors develop techniques of shaping vocal sound that will lead them to find the unique, individual voice of the character and to do so with strength, subtlety and consistent intelligibility. Actors learn all the sounds of language and then explore the physical postures that characterize accents. This approach takes actors well beyond the limiting regimen of "good speech" and gives actors a way into accent (dialect) study that allows them to truly own their own discourse. Outside the realm of theatre and film, this approach has proved valuable in speech pathology and ESL applications. It now forms the basis of training at a large and growing number of major professional actor training programs.
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