David Alan Stern
Professor, Voice, Speech, and Dialects
David Alan Stern earned his BFA at the University of Connecticut, and MA and Ph.D. from Temple University. Formerly a faculty member at Wichita State University, Pennsylvania State University, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts-West. Dr. Stern has been a guest lecturer and artist-in-residence at numerous other universities. His four sets of audio training programs, ACTING WITH AN ACCENT, SPEAKING WITHOUT AN ACCENT, THE SPEAKER’S VOICE and THE SOUND & STYLE OF AMERICAN ENGLISH are used by theatre, speech and ESL departments in over one thousand colleges and universities. They are considered among the essential voice, speech and dialect resources by professional actors around the world. In 1980 he founded Dialect Accent Specialists in Hollywood where, among many others credits, he trained Forest Whitaker for THE CRYING GAME and BIRD, Lynn Redgrave for MIDNIGHT and SWEET SUE, Michael York for SPACE, Geena Davis for THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST, Jack Klugman for LYNDON, Mike Farrel for JFK: A ONE-MAN SHOW, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Daryl Hannah for STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and Stephen Baldwin for ONE TOUGH COP. He has recently coached dialects for actors in productions at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Hawaii Theatre Center.