Henry & Sam studied at drama school together, lived together, and now both work as actors.
Sam was auditioning for a role in a film and after several rounds they asked him to re-self-tape with an Isle of Skye accent. They needed it in 48 hours. He didn't even have 'Scottish' on his CV.
He got the part but even after numerous searches on Youtube, in books, and through existing accent tools, he was still unable to find the resources to help him fully study and master the accent.
Sam had the idea whilst standing on a mountain, dressed as a Viking and together Henry & Sam created spikizi to help actors around the world truly understand the accents and dialects they need to perform.
Meet the Team
"We want to make this resource the best it can possibly be.
We encourage feedback and hope to be pushed by our community."
Our co-founders are working actors, who were inspired to create an online community for performers and accent, dialect and voice coaches to share skills and expand their abilities.
The Advisory Board
Our advisory board is made up on an incredible selection of cross-industry experts who have helped to guide the development and build of spikizi. They all believe that spikizi will revolutionise how we learn accents and dialects.
Moving forward, the advisory board's role is to challenge our founders to push past the boundaries, of not only the resources that are currently out there, but also those that define how we think about accent and dialect work in general.
In addition to this, the advisory board will be suggest new weekly challenges for our community, create playlists to help with particular accents, and speak publicly about how best to approach self-learning.
Stanley Arnez Brown
Rick Lipton has been a dialect coach for film, television and theatre for 20+ years. His passion is helping actors to use accents to tell their stories.
Highlights of his film and TV credits include: working with Tom Holland on ten films, including ‘The Devil All the Time’, ‘Cherry’, ‘Spider-Man Homecoming’, and ‘Onward’; Luke Evans on ‘Anna’, ‘The Girl on the Train’, and ‘Professor Marsten and the Wonder Woman’; and Dakota Fanning on ‘Sweetness in the Belly’ and ‘The Alienist’.
Rick has a special place in his heart for the theatre, where he has coached for 20 years. Highlights include ‘The Encounter’ with Theatre de Complicité and Simon McBurney, ‘Death of a Salesman’ at the RSC with Sir Antony Sher and Dame Harriet Walter, and many shows at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Theatre Royal Bath’s Ustinov Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre, and The Bridewell Theatre.
Samara Bay is one of Hollywood's most in-demand dialect coaches for TV and film, with clients including Gal Gadot, Pierce Brosnan, Rachel McAdams, and Penelope Cruz. She also coaches entrepreneurs, creatives, and politicians to bring their best selves to their biggest moments, with an emphasis on women and marginalized voices. She has a BA from Princeton and an MFA from Brown. Her podcast on iHeartRadio is Permission to Speak and her book of the same name will be published by Crown (Penguin Random House) and Penguin Business UK in 2021.
Stan Brown: Inaugural Wirtz Professor, Director of Graduate Studies (MFA in Acting program) Northwestern University (Chicago USA) Graduate Acting Fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre (Washington D.C) Postgraduate Researcher (Contemporary Shakespearean Performance) University of Warwick (Coventry) Mentee of the late Cicely Berry (RSC Director of Voice). In 2015 Stan played the lead in the short film The Bespoke Tailoring of Mr. Bellamy. The film won the prestigious Louisiana Film Prize—the largest monetary prize in the world for short film—and was shortlisted for the Academy Award ballot. Stan also won the Louisiana Film Prize Best Actor award for his work.
Tess Dignan is Head of Voice at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and a Globe Associate Artist. Internationally she has taught as Professor of Voice at Penn State University and delivered masterclasses at the Moscow Arts Theatre School at MXAT, El Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and La Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático in Valencia. She was Associate Voice Coach at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada and a member of the Voice and Text Dept at the Royal Shakespeare Company for ten years. Other Coaching includes Chichester Festival Theatre, The Young Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Liverpool Playhouse and Everyman and extensively in the West End. Film Coaching includes Outlander.
Dr Hannah Leach
Hazel Holder is a voice and dialect coach, and a performer.
As a performer her theatre work includes: Here We Go, As You Like It (choir), Medea and Death and the King’s Horseman at the National; The Tempest for the RSC; The Bakkhai at the Almeida; Dalston Songs (ROH2) for Helen Chadwick Song Theatre; The Bacchae at the Royal Exchange; The Bacchae for National Theatre of Scotland national tour and on Broadway; Mercy Fine in Mercy Fine for Clean Break; The Sleeping Beauty at the Young Vic, the Barbican and on Broadway.
As a voice & Dialect coach theatre includes: Death of England: Delroy, Death of England, Small Island, Nine Night, Pericles, Barber Shop Chronicles, Angels in America, Les Blancs, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National; Pass Over at the Kiln; Caroline, or Change at Hampstead Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre; Death of a Salesman, The Convert, The Mountaintop, The Emperor, Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic; Typical at Soho Theatre; Ear for Eye, Poet in Da Corner, Grimly Handsome, Pigs and Dogs, Father Comes Home from the Wars at the Royal Court; Richard II at the Sam Wannamaker Playhouse; Our Lady of Kibeho, at Royal & Derngate and Stratford Theatre Royal East; Death of a Salesman, Black Men Walking, Guys and Dolls at the Royal Exchange Theatre; Leave Taking at the Bush; Little Shop of Horrors at Regents Park Open Air Theatre; Twilight: LA - 1992, Eclipsed for the Gate.
West End: Death of a Salesman at the Piccadilly Theatre; Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre; Caroline, or Change at the Playhouse Theatre; Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia at Theatre Royal Haymarket;
TV: The Power (Sister/Amazon – Dir Reed Morano); Small Axe (BBC, Dir: Steve McQueen); Hanna 2; Victoria; In The Long Run; Poldark; No Offence.
Film: Death on the Nile (Letitia Wright)
Dr Hannah Leach is a lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology at Newcastle University with 10+ years experience researching accents and dialects of the UK. Her particular area of research delves into language change, identity, and what accents mean to us as people, as well as accent judgements and discrimination. She belives that all accents are equally brilliant and she has made it her business to prove that!
Sterre Maier is a bilingual voice specialist with extensive experience in theatre education. She trained in Musical Theatre, holds an MA in the practice of Voice and Singing and has a particular interest in voice and identity. She has worked internationally in theatres and drama schools in South Korea, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Romania, Bulgaria, Mexico, and the UK as well as teaching at the Central School for Speech and Drama and the Guildford School of Acting. Alongside her private coaching, Sterre is currently Joint Head of Voice at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Elspeth Morrison works across BBC radio, local and national, TV and online, helping people in broadcast and non-broadcast roles as well as frequently appearing on programmes such as the BBC's Radio 4 'Today' programme, Channel 5 News, Front Row and local radio stations to give comments about voice and accent use. As well as regularly making expert contributions about accents on programmes such as Melvyn Bragg's ‘The Matter of the North’ (BBC), ‘An Immigrant's Guide to Britain’ (Channel 4) and ‘The Royals’ (Netflix), she also works extensively across Film, TV & Theatre as a Voice Coach. Elspeth is a Senior Lecturer on the Accent Module on the MA/MFA Voice Studies Course at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Nic Redman is an internationally successful voiceover artist and voice & accent coach based in the UK. She trained (twice!) at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, once in performance and again as a voice practitioner. She has taught voice & accents at many of the major drama schools in the UK and now runs a thriving 1-2-1 practice providing voice, presentation and accent training to all kinds of professional voice users with a client list including actors, comedians, public speakers, business professionals and more. She is the founder of Voice & Accent Hub group on Facebook created to offer tailored voice & accent coaching to specific groups of voice users.
As a voice actor, Nic works internationally voicing commercial, corporate and character scripts with a client list including Tesco, NSPCC & the BBC. She co-presents The Voiceover Social Podcast, the first industry specific podcast in the UK. She also co-runs VO Social North, the first VoiceOver meet-up for voice and audio professionals in the North of England.
Matthew Reeve is a musical director, orchestrator and composer. He read music at King’s College London. Matthew has worked as a voice consultant for the singing and spoken voice, teaching extensively in the Further and Higher Education sector and in many professional drama training academies. His private clients have worked across the performing industry. Matthew has consulted for various performing arts institutions, examination boards and speech and language therapy groups across the United Kingdom providing INSET and curriculum development advice. He taught courses and presented in the United Kingdom, Europe and United States on voice and singing. He has a special interest in phonetics, vocal function and pedagogy.
Lottie Williams-Burrell is Joint Head of Voice at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Having trained as an actor, she completed her masters in Professional Voice Practice at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Lottie has worked internationally across Germany, India and Italy, where she was Artistic Director of the Anglo-Italian Theatre Company alongside teaching English as a foreign language. Lottie works professionally as an accent and dialect coach for theatre, recently working on ‘Betrayal’ at the Harold Pinter Theatre, West End.