Metrolina Theatre Association

MTA's Dialect Workshop

Have you ever wanted to play a part in a play with English characters, but you were afraid your accent would sound more like Southern English, as in Charleston SC?  Well, have we got the workshop for you! Local theater icon and accent guru Jill Bloede will be sharing her expertise on March 9th in the Haid Theatre at Belmont Abbey College. At the workshop, we will be focusing on vocal production, participate in a thorough warm-up, and delve into Standard British and Cockney dialects. If there is time, there may be a little look into Brooklyn and Southern! 

All you need to bring with you are:

1) Writing utensils

2) A monologue under 60 seconds to read aloud. (The monologue does not need to be memorized or prepared, but it must come in from a published play. If you do choose to prepare this speech, please also bring a copy of it on which to make notes.)

MTA will provide water and some refreshments.

For members of MTA, the workshop is free. For nonmembers, there will be a $20.00 fee.

Belmont Abby students may attend, but DO NOT NEED to sign up on this page.


Jill Bloede has been working in professional, community, and academic theatre for close to 30 years. After earning 3 degrees in theatre, Jill served on the faculty at UNC-Charlotte before accepting the position of Artistic Associate at The Children's Theatre of Charlotte for 17 years. Presently, Jill is a tenured Assistant Professor at Belmont Abbey where she teaches acting and directing.

Her last production was the merry and bright It's a Wonderful Life - the Radio Show. Her dialect credits include working with talent one-on-one with Richard Dreyfuss, Stephen Moyer, Jill Hennesy and others on Shots Fired for Fox; the casts of Outcast, Homeland, and Banshee. Jill also teaches Stage Performance and Stage Dialects for UNC-Charlotte. Audiences may know her as Sonia in "Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike" at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Lady Bracknell in "The Importance of Being Earnest" at Theatre Charlotte, and Penny Sycamore in "You Can't Take it With You" also at Theatre Charlotte. She also directed "The Nerd" at Theatre Charlotte and most recently directed the the award-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" at Theatre Charlotte.

Date: 03/09/2019 (Sat.)

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Location: Belmont Abbey College
100 Belmont Mt Holly Rd, Belmont, NC 28012

Created by:   Robert Brafford
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Dialect Workshop (20)

16 of 20 slots filled
Chelsea Weaver
Katharine Brown
CJ And Will Higginbotham (2)
Kevin Shimko
Carey Head
Cadie Pittman
Sophia Brown
Jonathan Caldwell (3)
(Dr. Corlis hayes and Devin Clark)
Trace Casanova
Jenni Hassler
Madeline Kuettner
I would like to take your class as I like English period productions and would like to be able to speak with a good English accent if I performed in one.
Madeline Kuettner
I would maybe like to be in an English period production and would like to speak the right Engish for that .Mad

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