Actors far and wide owe some kind of debt to dialect coach Dianne J. Winslow, who teaches them how to say what they say when there's a an accent involved. Winslow's talents can be heard in Arizona Theatre Company's Pride and Prejudice at the Herberger; here, she considers Harpo Marx, the Bush administration, and membership in the House of Windsor.
I knew I wanted to be in show business when I played the dead body in Durrenmatt's The Physicists.
The worst thing about being a dialogue coach is that you only get noticed when things go wrong.
Dianne J. Winslow
The happiest day in my life was when Skipper came home.
If I could be anyone other than myself, it would be Shakespeare's scribe.
It's not entirely true, but I sometimes tell people that I'm a member of the House of Windsor.
The fictional character I am most like is Ripley from Alien Resurrection.
I am utterly terrified of the next two years of the Bush administration.
The rain in Spain is a tedious refrain.
I laugh uncontrollably at John Cleese in Fawlty Towers.
The one thing I absolutely refuse to do, professionally, is take off my clothes, no matter how difficult the dialect.
Something I have never admitted to anyone before is that I can, on rare occasion, be wrong.
My favorite dialect is whatever I am currently working on.
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And I hate having to teach people to speak like Harpo Marx.
Currently I am reading Animal Speak by Ted Andrews.
The first time I got drunk I won a cutthroat game of charades.
Like my father used to say, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt."