Zach is an expert at helping voice users unlock their full vocal potential and offers a variety of standard services as well as creative approaches to voice and speech communications. The following list reflects Zach's interests and teaching proficiencies, but is by no means exhaustive.
If you have an interest that doesn't quite seem to fit within these categories please feel free to reach out to Zach directly via the contact page to discuss how private coaching or classes might help you reach your individual voice and speech goals. Zach may also be able to refer you to other experts in the field if your needs are beyond his scope or experience.
Zach is a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework® teacher, and has studied a wide range of other voice methodologies that he draws upon to integrate body, mind, and breath. Some of the other methods he employs include exercises and concepts from Patsy Rodenberg, Arthur Lessac, Kristin Linklater, Frankie Armstrong, and Janet Rodgers.
The philosophy behind dialect modification (rather than reduction) is a focus on adding to your skills as a speaker rather than reducing your sound options in any way. With hard work and dedication Zach can help you expand your dialect options using linguistically sound techniques based in the pedagogy of Dudley Knight and Phil Thompson. By focusing on code-switching and increased flexibility in articulation, students can expect to increase their speech choices beyond simply mastering a General American Dialect.
Using Knight-Thompson speechwork, Zach can coach individuals or full theatrical productions in the acquisition of any accent or dialect. Zach uses a combination of phonetic sound changes and oral posture to help clients acquire dialects quickly and accurately. *Knowing phonetics is not a requirement to learn a dialect- Zach can adapt strategies to coach students of all experience levels.
Zach has taught numerous university level public speaking courses where the focus has been on learning solid presentation skills that can be applied to a wide range of public speaking situations. An individualistic approach can help students improve on areas like managing stage fright, speech development, and integrating technology (i.e. microphones and Powerpoint).
Zach draws on a wide range of different acting techniques to enliven and invigorate auditions and scene work. From cold reading to slating, he can help you put your best foot forward at your big audition.
Using tried and true script analysis techniques, Zach can help students unlock and deepen their comprehension and interpretation of the written word whether it be dramatic texts, poetry, classical text, or speeches.
Please contact Zach directly if you have a specific project or goal that you would like to discuss in more detail.