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Bio: Amy Stoller is an award-winning dialect designer and sole proprietor of Stoller System, LLC. Since 1997 she has been Resident Dialect Designer (and frequent Dramaturge) at New York’s Mint Theater Company, and since 2007 she has served as dialect coach on many projects with National Humanities Medalist Anna Deavere Smith, including
New York Times Critics’ Pick Notes from the Field, for which her work was singled out by
New York Times chief critic Ben Brantley:
“Ms. Smith recreates her speakers’ inflections and rhythms with an exactitude that comes only with hard study. … We become vividly aware of nuances of phrasing and tone that we would be unlikely to catch if we were watching the same people on television. (Amy Stoller is her dialect coach.)”
Other projects with Ms. Smith include
Let Me Down Easy (World Premiere; New York; National Tour),
Watching Wilson and Watson (New York),
Talking about Race (New York; Aspen),
On Grace (San Francisco; Chicago); and serving as faculty on workshops and courses led by Ms. Smith.
Amy works regularly as a production dialect designer and coach on New York, regional, and touring productions, including the Broadway hit
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Jessie Mueller as Carole King, Tony Award; Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin).
Her film and television credits include
Selma (NAACP Image Award, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King);
Notes from the Field (HBO);
Mozart in the Jungle;
Let Me Down Easy (PBS “Great Performances”);
London Wall (PBS “Theater Close-Up”);
YoungArts MasterClass (HBO, with Anna Deavere Smith);
Dora the Explorer; and linguistic research on a key plot point for
Law & Order: SVU, episode “911.”
Amy has given workshops and presentations at organizations as varied as the A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania Department of Linguistics, SAG-AFTRA Conservatory, SAG-AFTRA Foundation, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and several Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) conferences. Her articles have appeared in VASTA’s official journal,
Voice and Speech Review, and many other publications. She is proud to be an Associate Officer of VASTA, and a member of Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, League of Professional Theatre Women, Literary Managers & Dramaturgs of the Americas, Theater Resources Unlimited, Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and – of course – IDEA.