Links and Resources


Dialect Resources


Drama Schools, Acting Training, and Casting Help


Film Resources



Film Festivals and Events





Pronunciation Dictionaries and Resources

  • Forvo (Look up any word in any language and hear it pronounced by a native speaker.)
  • The Free Dictionary (provides a recording of each word, pronounced in American English)
  • J.C. Wells, Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, London, Longman, 1990. (provides both American and British English pronunciations of over 40,000 words, in IPA)
  • Kenyon, John S., and Thomas A. Knott, A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English, Merriam, 1944. (revised and updated; provides pronunciation in IPA)
  • Namecoach (Make a recording of your name and embed that recording in your e-mail signature or social-media account.)


Recording Software

  • Audacity (a free, open-source, easy-to-use program that let’s you record and edit sound files in a variety of formats including mp3; be sure to also install LAME, essential if you are also making mp3 files)
  • WavePad (a free, open source, easy-to-use program that let’s you record and edit sound files in a variety of formats including mp3)



  • Silva Rhetoricae (The Forest of Rhetoric; a glossary of rhetorical terms and figures, compiled by Professor Gideon Burton)






Theatre Associations


Voice, Speech, and Phonetics Sites


Suggested Reading

Ayan, Erdal. Teaching Pronunciation: A Critical Approach. Karadeniz Technical University, 2008.
Barton, Robert, with Rocco Dal Vera. Voice: Onstage And Off. Harcourt Brace, 1995.
Blunt, Jerry. Stage Dialects. Dramatic Publishing, 1984.
Gimson, A.C. An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English. Edward Arnold, London, 1964.
Herman, Lewis. Foreign Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors and Writers. Routledge, 1997.
Hughes, Arthur, and Peter Trudgill. English Accents and Dialects, 3rd. ed. London: Edward Arnold, 1983.
Kur, Barry. Stage Dialect Studies. Available through the author: 609 West Fairmount Ave., State College, PA 16801.
Lane-Plescia, Gillian. Dialects and Accents for Actors. 66 Mathewson Mill Rd., Preston, CT 06365.
Machlin, Evangeline. Dialects for the Stage. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1975.
Meier, Paul. Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen. Paul Meier Dialect Services, 4316 Wimbledon Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047, USA.
Molin, Donald H. Actor's Encyclopedia of Dialects, 2nd ed. New York: Sterling Publishers, 1991.
Stern, David Alan. Acting with an Accent. Dialect Accents Specialists, Inc., 51 Depot St. Lyndonville, Vt. 05851-0044.
Wells, J.C. Accents of English. London: Cambridge University Press, 1982, rep. 1985.


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