Rebecca Clark Carey is an American voice, text and accent coach with over 20 years of experience now living and working primarily in the U.K. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she earned her B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard University and her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of California at Irvine. After nearly a decade of working as a professional actress in the U.S., she travelled to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where she received her M.A. with distinction in Voice Studies in 2001.
Since then, Rebecca has worked extensively in the U.K. and the U.S. She has taught at the Central School of Speech and Drama, the Oxford School of Drama, and Italia Conti and was a senior voice tutor on the B.A. acting course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where her students included Taron Egerton, Cynthia Erivo and Alexandra Roach.
Her theatre work includes accent coaching for Laurie Sansom’s productions of Spring Storm by Tennessee Williams and Beyond the Horizon by Eugene O’Neill at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton and the Royal National Theatre. She was accent coach for the world premiere of Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and subsequent productions at the American Repertory Theater and Broadway, where it won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Play. That production featured Bryan Cranston (who won a Best Actor Tony for the role of Lyndon B. Johnson), Brandon J. Dirden, Reed Birney and William Jackson Harper. She has also coached at the Guthrie Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and American Players Theater.
As resident voice and text director and head of voice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the largest not-for-profit theatres in the States, she has worked on over 50 productions, more than 20 of which were Shakespeare plays and 10 of which were world premieres. Accents she has coached there range from downtown Chicago to rural Iowa; from Puerto Rican neighbourhoods of Philadelphia to Native American reservations of Oklahoma. She has worked privately with many British actors on perfecting their General American accent, including Chukwudi Iwuji, Christina Chong and Anita Olatunji.
Whether working on accents, voice or text, Rebecca sees herself as a facilitator to help actors express themselves with precision, authenticity, and ease.
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