The Haydn/Sharpe Method: working with an accent can be a dream or a nightmare. The pressures to get it right – to sound authentic, honest and connected – grow as audiences become more demanding and the world gets smaller. Speaking with an accent is a skill just like any other: it can be learned and developed, and it is our aim to provide you with the tools to do just that. Our books and workshop provide a simple, reassuring method for both learning and teaching accents: a method that allows people to use their natural intuition in tandem with their ability to retain structure; a method that liberates the nervous while developing the skills of the keen; and above all a method that teaches not just one accent, but the underlying structure inherent in all accents.
Edda Sharpe is Voice and Dialect Associate for the Shaw Festival Theatre in Canada, and visiting Dialect Coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company. As well as numerous theatre productions, in the West End, and TV and film productions, her more unusual clients include Ant and Dec, The Gorillaz and, together with Jan, Gordon Ramsay. Edda was head of voice at e15 Acting School and the principal dialect teacher on the MA Voice Studies course at Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also provided accent coaching and training for Lamda, e15, GSA, Arts Educational, Mountview Theatre School, BSA, The University of Minnesota and Florida State University. Edda is a also an accredited NLP master practitioner providing high level voice, personal impact and communication training to business and public sector clients including Hiscox, Aviva, The Met Police, the M.O.D, Disney and CNN amongst others.
Jan Haydn Rowles was Head of Voice and Dialect at Shakespeare's Globe from 2007-2010. She has provided Voice and Dialect coaching at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida, the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Court, the Manchester Royal Exchange, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and the Salisbury Playhouse. Jan skills have also been employed on American and British films, radio and TV dramas, such as HBOs Game of Thrones and SKYs Treasure Island. She has provided accent coaching and teaching for Lamda, e15, Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama, Central School of Speech and Drama, Syracuse University and Florida State University. She also works as a voice-over artist.