"Kate was precise, intuitive, and flexible in her approach. She’s an excellent collaborator, and her linguistics background gives her a leg up on traditional phonetic substitution based dialect coaches. She considered character and given circumstances, and was consistently available for extra coaching sessions as needed. As we approached opening, her feedback grew more specific and strategic. Perhaps the best thing I can say about working with Kate is that I wasn’t thinking about the work when the audience arrived. I had been well prepared, and the language felt connected and organic on my tongue.
Kate Forster is professional, prepared, and highly skilled. She would be an asset to anyone smart enough to hire her in this field."
James Lapan, actor
"I had the distinct privilege of working with Kate Forster on “Of Mice and Men,” which I recently directed at the Seattle Public Theatre.
… Kate was invaluable … as she worked diligently with the actors to capture the pace, tempo and especially the colloquialisms of the Depression era in California. She also assisted me in understanding the psychology of the characters and how best to express their anxieties, loneliness, suspicion and dreams through language.
Kate takes her work very seriously. She put in a ton of effort—more than I had realized as she worked privately with some actors one-on-one. She is patient and whip smart. I strongly encourage you to consider her skills in your enterprise."
Russ Banham, director
"Kate is an excellent dialect coach! She has a flair for detail, authenticity and research. She has a sharp ear for sound changes and intonation. Kate's enthusiasm is infectious.
I played John Lennon at the Seattle Public Theater. Not only did Kate help me forge the difficult Liverpool dialect, she guided me through finding Lennon's own quirky and musical speech patterns of 1980.
Kate also coached me in Yiddish dialect for Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing for Our American Theater. We found a specific dialect for the character who was born in Odessa and learned English in 1930's Bronx. Kate's level of dialect work is usually only found in the best theaters or Hollywood studios. I recommend her highly."
"Kate is an excellent teacher. She takes her work very seriously. She is persistent and thoughtful. She knows very well what she is working on, and I definitely improved my accent. I really appreciate Kate's help."
Wei Zheng (China)
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