What actors are saying about working with Adrienne as a dialect coach and teacher...
“I can't recommend working with Adrienne enough. I would never have made it without her. My own knowledge of the Russian spoken language was next to nothing when we started out, but in the course of only a few weeks her tenacious efforts carried me through. Great teacher, wonderful friend and relentless for a good result."
...IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM
“Adrienne Nelson was a joy to work with, and made tackling a difficult accent much more manageable. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and infectious attitude was a great help. "
“Adrienne Nelson is masterful dialect coach and a natural instructor. Her ability to help an actor key into certain sounds, patterns and phrasings is remarkable. She approaches the dialect work from the point of view of an actress, which I find incredibly useful. Adrienne helps you find the VOICE of your character through the dialect work."
“Adrienne is an amazing dialect coach. She is an expert with high standards for her students, but is also very generous with encouragement and patience throughout the process. She provides you with all the tools and techniques to break down each vowel shift, and constant change to really empower you to unlock the underbelly of the dialect The best reward is when Adrienne bubbles with genuine excitement when you finally get it right."
“Adrienne has been paramount in my journey as an actor in helping me hone my craft. With such a broad range of skills, Adrienne has been able to instruct me on everything from Russian accents and history, to small group monologue and audition preparation. And I cannot fail to mention, as I was training this last summer in NYC, she took the time to give me insight and advise for my Shakespeare class while I was there. So empowering and helpful as I navigated my way through that big city experience. She continues to encourage and keep in touch as I run this industry marathon. Nothing like having a mentor model in your life like her. I recently saw her perform in "One in the Chamber," in DC, and she rocked the socks off that stage!."
“Adrienne is amazing. She gives you the tools to fine tune and tweak your character in a supportive, fun and nurturing environment. I really appreciated her advice and found I was getting more auditions after she helped me update my resume"
...IN PRIVATE/GROUP COACHING SESSIONS
“Having studied abroad in Moscow while majoring in Russian, you would think that I could do a passable Russian dialect and maybe so, but, my ability in that area was vastly improved by the skillful instruction of Adrienne Nelson. She has 'walked the walk' and has a great knowledge about everything from pronunciation to intonation and more.
“"Adrienne's acting chops are undisputed - if you've been lucky enough to see her perform you know exactly what I mean. But being able to act does not automatically equate to being able to teach acting. Adrienne, remarkably, has both gifts. She created a space where actors could feel free to do ambitious, risky work and supplemented it with smart, specific advice that was itself rooted in a deep understanding of craft and technique. I walked in to her monologue workshops hoping to be better at auditions. I walked out being a better actor.""
“Five years ago I was cast in my first play. Since then, I've been cast in maybe a dozen more. However, after taking Adrienne Nelson’s monologue workshop, my feel ability to fine tune a piece improved ten-fold. Adrienne showed me how to use my breath, body, and energy to engage an audience and maintain its engagement for an audition, a monologue, or an entire performance. Her coaching is specific to her student’s needs, presented with language and demonstrations that are easy to understand and remember.
“Adrienne is an excellent teacher/coach for many reason. She is patient, kind and thorough. She; being an actress herself, understands the difficulty with scheduling and has always been flexible in working with me. I feel more confident using my Russian accent since taking her class and plan to continue my studies with her. If you want to sound authentic....you need Adrienne!"
“Working with Adrienne Nelson does wonders for both creativity and motivation - her positive energy is contagious!"
“I had the pleasure of taking Adrienne's Russian accent class at the Actors' Center in Washington, DC in the Spring of 2015. Adrienne is knowledgeable, joyful, and encouraging. She was also able to teach us not only about the Russian dialect, but how to use it within the context of acting. In Adrienne's class we talked about how Russians physicalize themselves, how our character's objective will influence how we speak with the accent, and how the character would speak based on how low they've been in the US.
“In all candor, I was a floundering beginner before I met Adrienne. Now thanks to her superb teaching and insightful guidance, I am beginning to achieve my acting goals. Adrienne has taught me about the important subtleties of the acting profession, e.g., how best to present myself at auditions; the “do’s” and “don’t do’s” during casting calls and when onset; and perhaps most importantly, how to translate my professional background into performance-based terms. That she has done so patiently, with great humor and positive encouragement has made working with her a joyful experience."
“Everything about Adrienne is good news! She is astoundingly prepared - with learning resources on hand and a well-considered plan for how to proceed in educating the student. She is very fun and very kind - meeting students right where we are and quickly leading us forward. This must be why both novices and pros seek her out with equal confidence and satisfaction. I've worked with her in multiple classes and have gained a great deal. Two thumbs up, for sure!."