David Coury Says No To Accent Reduction – Instead, Accent Addition

Hey, there!

If you’ve been reading/listening to this newsletter for a while, you’ve heard me talk about how much I discourage actors from practicing, and even using the phrase “accent reduction,” when it comes to both regional American and non-American talent and their accent work.

Read/listen: Don’t Engage In Accent Reduction – Instead, Accent Addition

Almost to a person, they are fairly desperate to find a way to stamp out their native accent and somehow replace it with a General American accent.

Big, big, BIG mistake.

But…not to worry. David Coury, one of my favorite instructors from the Howard Fine Acting Studio, is about to provide you with an awesome set of tools to work with your accents in a constructive, additive way.

I had a chance to speak with him about his new class, and it was fascinating.

The link directly to the very first class, just one week away, starting August 10, 2017 (check the schedule if you’re seeing this article after that date), live here in Los Angeles, is:


And you can also call the studio in Los Angeles for more information and to register:


David tells me he’s working on putting his curriculum on video for those who are outside the SoCal area. Awesome!

As always, add to your tool set, don’t throw tools away.

Hope this helps.



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  1. Thank you so much for introducing me to the Howard Fine Acting Studio, David! Howard and his entire staff are just fabulous. The Foundation and SFA classes were life-changers for me, as was your year-long VO2GOGO curriculum. So grateful for all of you!!!