Episode 50 (The Power of Voice)

Denise Woods

Paul’s guest for March 2022 is Denise Woods, successful Hollywood dialect coach, theatre professor at the California Institute of the Arts, and author of the recent book The Power of Voice, published by HarperCollins.

In addition to the two dialect coaches discussing the finer points of their profession, Paul and Denise talk about the contentious terms “accent reduction/modification” and how to help clients who believe their accent is holding them back socially or professionally. They also discuss coaching Black actors and delve into the changing landscape of audiobooks and how a single narrator can respectfully voice scores of characters who differ in age, gender, dialect, nationality, and ethnicity.

A native of New York City’s Lower East Side and a graduate and former faculty member of the Juilliard School, Denise has coached Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Jessica Chastain, Amber Heard, Anthony Mackie, Phylicia Rashad, Ellen Burstyn, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Soledad O’Brien, Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Paul Rodriguez, David Alan Grier, Victoria Rowell, Kellan Lutz, Ray Liotta, Portia De Rossi, Rachel Weisz, Mekhi Phifer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeffrey Wright, Mike Myers, and many others. She was recently the dialect coach for the Netflix film The Harder They Fall, starring Idris Elba and Regina King, and she coached Don Cheadle in the critically acclaimed Showtime series, Black Monday.

For more information about Denise, visit her website, SpeakItClearly.com.

(Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.)

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Read me a story, Elizabeth Wiley

Elizabeth Wiley

Please welcome professional audiobook narrator Elizabeth Wiley to Paul’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. Paul and Elizabeth discuss everything related to the art of audiobook narration and even read excerpts from a couple of books. Go here to listen to this month’s podcast, or find the podcast on your favorite podcast channel or index.

Episode 45 (Read Me a Story)

Elizabeth Wiley

Paul’s October 2021 podcast focuses on the art of audiobook narration. His guest is professional audiobook narrator Elizabeth Wiley, who has earned multiple Audie nominations, Voice Arts nominations, and AudioFile Magazine Earphones Awards. She is also a Voice Arts Award winner for narration.

Elizabeth works across a wide range of literary genres, with publishers and authors often seeking her out for her agility with dialects, rich character work, and facility with complex language.

She is a professor emerita of the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she taught acting, voice and speech, dialects, physical theatre and Shakespeare performance. She has also coached and directed many theatre productions in academia and professionally.

For further information, see www.WileyVoice.com.

Paul reads from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol while Elizabeth reads from Andromeda Romano-Lax’s Annie and the Wolves, copyright 2021 Highbridge, a division of Recorded Books. To purchase that entire audiobook, visit Audible.com.

(Bach’s Cello Suite #1 in G Major BMV 1007 Prelude (by Ivan Dolgunov) courtesy of Jamendo Licensing.)