Born and educated in Southern England
Creator of a series of Dialect and Accent CD's featuring authentic speakers, which are used worldwide.
Publications: Self teaching dialect CDs; Standard British, Cockney, Scots, Irish for the Actor Vol. 1 & 2; South African for the Actor, Australian for the Actor; British North Country for the Actor, Welsh for the Actor, Accents of the American South, Vol. 1 & 2; Accents for Black Actors; Russian and Other Slavic Accents, German and Dutch Accents; Spanish Accents, French Accents, Italian Accents, & Chicago Accents.
Education and Training: M.A. in Theatre, Florida State University; R.A.M. Diploma in Speech and Drama, Royal Academy of Music, London (Voice Training with Iris Warren, Phonetics Training with Greta Colson); International Phonetic Association Certificate (1st Class), London.
Other Teaching: Julliard School; NYU Tisch School of the Arts; National Theatre Institute of the O'Neill Center; The University of Michigan; The University of N. Carolina; Florida State University.
Selected Dialect Coaching Experience: American Player Theatre; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Playmakers Repertory, N.C.; Michigan Ensemble Theatre; Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis; Goodman Theatre, Chicago; Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago; Long Wharf Theatre; Hartford Stage Company; Seattle Repertory Thatre; Alley Theatre, Houston; Center Stage, Baltimore; Huntington Theatre, Boston; The Shakespeare Theatre, DC; Joseph Papp Public Theatre; Arena Stage; Trinity Repertory Theatre; Theaterworks, Harford; Broadhurst Theatre, New York; Classic Stage Company, New York; The Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Angels on Tour Company; Remains Theatre Ensemble, Chicago; Yale Repertory Theatre; Westport Country Playhouse; Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago; Court Theatre, Chicago; Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Actors Worked with include: Honor Blackman, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Burton, Michael Cumpstey, Danny Davis, Brian Dennehy, Albert Finney, Elizabeth Franz, Tim Hopper, John Christopher Jones, Jerome Kilty, Ted Levine, John Mahoney, John Malkovich, Roberta Maxwell, Andrew McCarthy, Kathryn Meisle, Laurie Metcalf, Zakes Mokae, Denis O'Hare, Estelle Parsons, Pamela Payton-Wright, Martha Plimpton, Aidan Quinn, Lynn Redgrave, Roger Rees, John C. Reilly, Laila Robins, Ken Ruta, Gary Sinese, J. Smith-Cameron, Jean Stapleton, Uma Thurman, Jim True, Natalie West.
Directors Worked with include: Mark Brokaw, Michael Kahn, Joseph Chaiken, Liviu Culei, Kyle Donelly, Joe Dowling, Barry Edelstein, Robert Falls, Irene Fornes, Will Frears, Frank Galati, Michael Greif, Doug Hughes, Ian Rickson, Terry Johnson, John Jory, Terry Kinney, Irene Lewis, Michael Maggio, Michael Mayer, Sharon Ott, Jeff Perry, Norma Saldivar, Eric Simonson, Bart Sher, John Tillinger, Les Waters, Michael Wilson, Joanne Woodward, Scott Zigler, Mary Zimmerman.
Awards: Joseph Jefferson Citation - 1991, for contributions to Chicago Theatre as Dialect Coach.
Gillian Lane-Plescia, a native of England, is best known for her series of dialect CDs for actors, which are used worldwide. She began teaching Voice, Speech, Dialect and Text in the academic theatre in the 70s, but has spent the last 20 years primarily in professional theatre. Because her background is in voice for the theatre, her approach to dialect work is organic rather than academic. She believes that dialects need to become like a second language, which an actor can use not only within the text of the play but also in spontaneous conversation. Her training in international phonetics helped her to refine her own ear, and she wishes that a thorough grounding in this were an integral part of all actor training. Meanwhile, she encourages actors to listen to and imitate authentic recordings, accustom themselves to the way different dialects feel in the mouth and body , develop their own notation system, and talk to themselves and even go shopping in the dialect.
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