Best Practices in Accent Training for Indigenous Actors
Who Are We? The project was developed by Principal Investigator Eric Armstrong of York University and Co-Applicant Shannon Vickers of the University of Winnipeg. See our About Us page for more details. By partnering with Indigenous theatre artists, we hope to address the needs of this community of artists, research the accents that are identified as a priority, and then return the materials and resources generated to the community through workshops and open-access publications.
The goal of this 2-year project is to collaboratively identify the speech resource needs of the Indigenous Theatre community in Canada. Many accent training resources have been designed for mainstream culture student/artists. We hope to use our skills to serve this community through the research, creation and dissemination of new accent resources and materials that support Indigenous performance and storytelling. The final phase of our project will see us facilitating workshops for interested performers and performers-in-training in the use of these resources.
We’ll be reaching out to Indigenous artists in the coming weeks, as we prepare for our first Focus Groups to discuss what the community feels is needed and missing in this important area of research.