"Some people live for their work, and some live through their work, but rarer are those who truly embody their work. Meet Anne Whitaker, voice coach to the stars, as well as dialogue and dialect teacher and beacon to neophytes in need of vocal guidance. Her specialty? In a word: Language. However, given her versatility within this complex field, we’ll discover below that one deceptively simple word leads into paths stretching in myriad directions."
"What would you change about the industry?
I’m passionate about a more interdisciplinary environment where we learn from other fields and apply it to theatre in a way that allows us to elevate the human experience."
"Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a voice and dialect coach, my work is aimed at being a part of the creative process. Of course, there are many technical aspects of the work, such as projection and the correct sounds of an accent. However, my belief it that all of this has to be integrated into the storytelling or it won’t be sustainable for the performer, and it won’t feel authentic."
"One thing we decided to do was do some work with a vocal coach to workshop our segues in between songs and speaking with the audience. Her name is Anne Whitaker and she is an amazing coach. We really enjoyed working with her. She has worked with lots of brilliant actors and on West End shows so we felt pretty delighted that she was up for working on our show. She has really helped us add an extra element to this show and build our confidence as a cast."
Collaborated with staff writer John Byrne on the article "How a Part-Time Foundation Course Can Be a Stepping Stone to an Acting Career".
"The rich history and subtleties of the dialect heard in the production were made possible by Anne Whitaker, an accent and dialect coach based in the United Kingdom but originally from Orange County, California. Her love of language and its complexity is what sets her apart in the entertainment production industry, and her personalized approach to studying and teaching an accent proves itself successful."
Interview with Voice and Dialect coach Anne Mignon Whitaker about Costa Mesa Playhouse’s "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"
“I worked with Anne when I went into Oklahoma and found her to be personable and wonderful at her job. Finding a new accent can be challenging when there are so many other things to think about but Anne made it easy and relaxed and was always on hand to ask for guidance. My Aunt Eller started to find her feet after my sessions with Miss Whitaker”
“Anne was an absolute delight to work with. The session was fun, playful, professional and incredibly useful. The movement and vocal exercises boosted our confidence as a group, and her feedback on the script presentation really helped us to bring the show to the next level. The result was a hugely successful run, which has put us in a great position for the autumn tour.”
“Anne is a brilliant vocal coach and the work that we did was extremely useful. I really enjoyed how enthusiastic and capable she was in getting the best performance out of each cast member. We explored multiple different warm up and performance exercises that served to really enhance our show. It was a real joy to work with such a professional and capable session leader, who still kept the session engaging and applicable.”
“As a musician in Prohibition-era jazz band The Easy Rollers, I received coaching from Anne in preparation for the band’s residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2023. We were about to perform a cabaret-style show consisting of music and semi-theatrical sketches with dialogue and narration. The band members are not trained actors or orators, our individual specialisms being in jazz/classical performance. Accordingly, delivering this kind of performance presents the band members with challenges we are not all so accustomed to facing in the majority of our diverse musical work. Anne’s coaching was of immeasurable benefit to us in readying us to take to the stage with the level of energy, interplay and stage awareness this type of cabaret show demands of us as performers. Anne expertly encouraged us all to step out of our comfort zones by leading us in a range of vocal and full-body warmups, in which she is highly versed as a professional coach with her working background in prestigious company and settings such as the West End. Our session with Anne palpably enhanced the quality of our performances throughout our residency, and the experience we gained from it will continue to inform us as a band in our upcoming theatre-show tours of the UK in the months and years ahead.”