She graduated with B.A. in Art History Education and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After moving to the U.S., she completed her M.B.A. at Loyola University New Orleans. Her college experiences in both English and Spanish helped her be 100% bilingual, and gave her a deep understanding of what it’s like to be a student. She has been teaching Spanish for the last 20 years. She has taught Spanish at St. Rose Elementary, Luling Middle School, Halstrom Academy and City Kids LA. She has also tutored groups and one-on-one for the last 20 years in ESL, Reading, Math, Language Arts and Homework Help. She has taught Spanish to English speakers and English to Spanish speakers, which gives her a thorough understanding of both languages.
Major International Relations
Sariel Birnbaum received his PhD. from Hebrew University in the program of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies. He has published his book "Back to the Past - Filmed history in Arab Cinema" at Magnes Press, Hebrew University, and additional academic articles. Dr. Birnbaum taught at Binghamton SUNY and San-Diego State University. Beside Hebrew, his mother language, Dr. Birnbaum worked as a translator from Arabic, and he reads and speaks French and German.
PhD Middle Eastern Studies, Historian
Standard American, British RP, Mid-Atlantic (Edith Skinner), German, Spanish (Spain), Israeli, Scottish, Boston, New Orleans
Grace hails from Concord, Massachusetts, and has traveled far and wide. She has lived in Berlin, Germany; New Orleans; NYC; San Francisco; and moved to Los Angeles several years ago to begin the MFA Acting program at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She holds a BA in Theatre, Film Studies and German from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Her first language was Twinglish, with only two native speakers -- herself, and her identical twin sister, Kerry (since deciding to abandon Twinglish at about the age of 1, she has gained fluency in English). Grace enjoys learning, being in nature, and art of all kinds.
MFA in Acting
Irish, Scottish, Standard British (RP), Archaic Received Pronunciation, Yorkshire, American Mid-South, American Deep South (Including Region Specific), New York, Boston, General American, Midwest, Minnesota, Canadian, Australian, Indian, Jamaican, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Yiddish
Daniel is a Tennessee native turned LA transplant. He did think about New York a little, but he couldn’t stand the way his beard froze in the Chicago winter, so he decided to avoid the cold entirely. He started out his education in music, before realizing that acting was his true calling—so several years and 4 universities later he emerged from the Midwest with an M.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University, where he also taught Voice & Speech and Acting. Along the way, he studied improv at The Second City in Chicago, voicework and Shakespeare with Patsy Rodenburg, dialects with Paul Meier, and voice-over at Voicetrax—with incredible talents such as Samantha Paris, Peter Coyote, Dave Fennoy, and many more. When not coaching dialects and accents, you’ll find him behind the mic in the voice-over booth. Daniel has studied multiple pedagogies of speech and dialect training, including those of Knight-Thompson, Meier, Blumenfeld, Rodenburg, Linklater, and Berry, to name a few. In other words–if one method isn’t working for you, he’s probably got another you can try. Because learning a dialect or accent should be many things, but 'painful' isn't one of them. Part of his philosophy very much aligns with Robert Blumenfeld, who says that accents are essentially works of fiction. They describe general ‘models’ of speech, but really everyone speaks in an entirely individual way. So, since we are working in the realm of fiction anyway, just relax and be ready to play!
British accents (RP, Manchester, Liverpool), Irish, Scottish, Southern (Georgia or Alabama), French, Russian, Australian and New Zealand
Chelsea was born into a military family and grew up all over the United States, spending most of her time in the Southeast region. She graduated with a BFA in Acting from the University of Florida, where she studied accents and dialects and worked closely with Yanci Bukovec, an internationally recognized voice instructor. Chelsea has a strong musical background and a love of BBC, which has contributed to her enjoyment and proficiency in accent and dialect work on camera. In addition to her work in the performing arts, Chelsea is passionate about low-acidity coffee, dime store romance novels, and chihuahuas.
BFA in Acting
British RP, Queens English, London, Shakespeare, and regional variations. Greek Attic and Islander (Cypriot), French, German, Italian, Chaucerian English, Eastern European, and Dutch.
Raphaello is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry. He specializes in accent reduction and dialect, particularly focusing on the British BBC style known as 'Received Pronunciation' English. With a wealth of customized exercises, Raphaello assists individuals in refining their linguistics. His expertise and passion have made him a sought-after expert in his field, empowering actors and individuals to improve their communication skills through his tailored approach.
PhD Translation and Teaching
US Various, British Various, South African
Lydia received her BFA in Acting from The University of The Arts in Philadelphia where she worked alongside world-renowned actors and educators. During her time at the university, she discovered her passion for voice and speech training and assisted her professors in coaching performing arts students in IPA and various dialects for performance. She has developed a method that connects her physical training and psychological understanding of communication, enabling her students to "find freedom within form" and use their creative intuition alongside healthy speech habits to reach their full potential as artists. Lydia has worked as a voice-over actor and has provided content for English schools around the globe, as well as international online content creators. She is a TESOL-certified English as a Second Language teacher who helps students from every continent improve their English speech and understand the value of communicating with confidence. She is an animal lover, enjoys cycling, loves to sing, and relishes meeting new people. Lydia is excited to help you bring your dream role's voice to life.
BFA in Acting
British, British RP, Irish, American Standard, Southern
Garrison Keener is a British/American actor based in Los Angeles, California. He began his acting career in early 2019, after working in various professional positions such as banking, education, and construction in major cities all over the world including London, New York, Seoul, and Los Angeles. Garrison has traveled to 29 countries and has lived in 7 countries throughout Europe and Asia before returning to the United States. Having adapted to and experienced diverse cultures and people groups throughout the world, he understands the difficulties of learning a new language, accent, or fitting into a new culture without feeling too awkward. His hobbies include fencing, acting, trying new things, and traveling.
Masters in Environmental Science
Any English Accent
Joseph Tisa is an actor and accent coach based out of Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Acting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He was trained in the context of Edith Skinner's "classical" method, and he has worked on vocal technique with certified Fitzmaurice Voicework teachers. In addition to appearing in productions at regional theaters all around the country as an actor himself, Joseph has coached private clients in acting and accents for a number of years. He has also been engaged as an accent coach for several theatrical productions, including "Stones in His Pockets", "All the Way", and "The Great Society" at Lyric Repertory Company in Utah. Joseph focuses on guiding his clients toward developing a facility for identifying and producing the specific and representative sounds, vocal postures, tonal characteristics, and rhythms of a given accent in order to establish authenticity and ease in their work.
MFA in Acting
Standard American English, British RP, Cockney, Irish, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Southern American, New York
Christine has taught Voice and Speech at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She has studied Acting, Voice and Movement at The Raphael Kelly Shakespeare Studio where the training was based on that of the Central School of Speech and Drama in the UK. She has appeared in numerous theatrical productions, independent films and commercials. She is thrilled to be a part of Language Academia!
Associates Degree in Illustration
Dariya is a theater director and creative producer with over 12 years of experience as a Ukrainian TV creative producer in Kyiv. She has also worked extensively with actors and TV presenters. Dariya is a professional Ukrainian and Russian speech coach, specializing in actor and presenter training. Her expertise includes accent reduction and stage speech correction.
Master's Degree in Theater
Standard American, Southern, British (RP, Cockney), Caribbean, Ugandan, Irish
Mia Ellis is a talented actor with a passion for kindness, laughter, and working with children. She is currently based in Los Angeles, but originally hails from Mississippi, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Music/Vocal Performance from Tougaloo College. Mia went on to attend Brown University/Trinity Rep, where she received her MFA in Acting. Through her experiences in music and acting, Mia has developed a keen understanding of how to help students maintain clarity of speech while effectively communicating their intentions during auditions, performances, and everyday conversations. She has worked as a teaching artist and tutor, and is dedicated to tailoring her approach to the unique needs of each individual student. In addition to her work as an actor and teacher, Mia is also an EDIA Advocate, audiobook narrator, writer, and singer. Her diverse skills and experiences make her a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their communication skills and achieve their goals in the performing arts.
MFA from Brown University
British RP, Cockney, Southern (Antebellum, Texas) Scottish Irish New York New Jersey
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lulu has an extensive background in the performing arts. She has a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Northern Illinois University. On top of that, she is a trained actor in theatre, film, and voiceover. She is also a singer and a writer, and thus, is always using and finding new levels of the human voice to explore and learn from in one capacity or another. Lulu teaches a wide variety of dialects, including British (RP, Cockney), Southern (Texas, Antebellum, etc.), Scottish, Irish, and more! And although knowledgeable in the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), Lulu prefers to take a more personal and direct approach to teaching, working with each individual based on their levels of comfort and expertise to help them find their perfect voice, whether that be for themselves or for their character. She knows all the best ways to teach an authentic and high-quality dialect for the dream role!
Bachelor of Arts - Theatre Studies
Celebrity Coach - Any Accent
Nadia Venesse is one of Hollywood's most respected dialect coaches with over thirty-five years of coaching and teaching experience. She has helped A-list actors as well as beginning actors. She has worked with Stephen Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Ron Howard, Zack Snyder, Glenn Close, Amy Adams, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Dame Judi Dench, Robert Downey, Joel Kinnaman, Dane Dehaan, Woody Harrelson, and Bryce Dallas Howard to name a few. She has an M.A. and uses Sociolinguistics and TESOL as needed. She is Skinner trained.
MA English TESOL
American Standard, Indian, London, Italian
I was born in Hyderabad, India and later pursued a BFA in Acting at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Our fundamental training involved a toolbox approach of Alexander technique and Viewpoints in relation to voice and speech. I have several years of experience in the Theatre and Film Industry in both the US and India. As an immigrant artist, I am passionate about helping individuals from diverse linguistic backgrounds to refine their speaking skills and communicate effectively in a particular dialect. With a background in dialect work, I am skilled in identifying and correcting common pronunciation and intonation errors. My personalized coaching approach focuses on building confidence and fluency, while also taking into account individual learning styles and goals. Whether you are looking to improve your accent for personal or professional reasons, I am dedicated to helping you achieve clear, effective communication in English and unlocking your full potential!
NYU Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting
Japanese, French, Parisian French
Raised and educated in France, Japan, and the U.S., Mariko has a lot in common with new language learners. Learning a new language can be intimidating, but with her extensive experience teaching English and Japanese, she will make her students feel comfortable and empowered in their journeys. Mariko holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in International Relations. She enjoys spending time with her family and dancing (especially ballet!) in her free time.
Master's Applied Linguistics
BA in Chinese
Ukrainian (Western accent), Russian (Nizhny Novgorod Region ("oh-accent"), Moscow region ("ah-accent"))
Vasyl Bobrov is a Ukrainian and Russian trainer with more than ten years of international teaching experience in Slavic and Germanic languages. Vasyl holds a Bachelor's Degree in Lingustics and Language Teaching. Vasyl specializes in communicative approach in teaching languages (Ukrainian, Russian, German and English), phonology and accent reduction. Vasyl uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage his students to work hard and succeed. In his free time, Vasyl likes to travel and cook.
MA English Literature
As an immigrant herself, Kristina knows how isolating not knowing a language can feel, learning a new language can be extremely challenging. So she completely understands what you are going through when you are trying to establish your new life in a foreign country. That's why she is here to help you to feel more comfortable with your English speech wherever you go! For every student she develops an individualized program so that you achieve results faster!