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Drama: Dialect & Accent Resources

Drama resources including production resources, digital collections, image collections, costume resources, plays and monologues.

Drama Library Resources

The Drama Library collects tapes and CDs for actors and directors to use during rehearsals or productions. The most detailed material includes a discussion of the phonetic alphabet, vowel sounds, and word stress. Many dialect tapes also include information on breathing, use of the tongue, and positioning of the jaw. Most resources provide frequent opportunity to practice as you listen.

Suggested Resources:

  • UW School of Drama faculty Judith Shahn's Dialects of the world series on audio cassette
  • CDs by Gillian Lane-Plescia
  • Real Accents on CD
  • Paul Meier's Accents and dialects for stage and screen 2nd and 3rd editions which consist of a book plus accompanying CDs

Plays with Dialect:

Have a particular dialect in mind, and looking for a play that features that dialect? A good source is Play Index located in Drama Reference Z5781.P53.  In the online version type the dialect you're looking for in the search box, for example, "dialect Scottish" or "dialect African American".

Online Resources