Develop greater personal presence
and a more expressive voice.
Hi, I'm Christine, a voice and accent expert.
I know that whether you are an actor or not, you need a voice that is truthful, authentic, and powerful. A voice that can be heard easily, is willing to stand up for itself, and that expresses your place in the world clearly and directly.
It is my purpose to help people get more connected to their voices. Because I believe that there is power in vulnerability, I believe that a voice that reveals, rather than conceals your heart and mind is a voice of strength, and I believe that strength is compelling.
Whether you are learning a new accent, prepping for a speech, or developing your acting chops, these are the principles I work by. Every session offers the opportunity to connect with your self, and your voice, and to share that connection through the words you speak.
I began working with voice and expression over 20 years ago - earning a BFA in Acting, an MA in Voice and Speech, and specialized certification as a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. I spent the last 7 years training actors on faculty in the Theatre Performance Program at Humber College, alongside coaching privately through my business. Many of my students and clients continue to do great work in the profession today. Past clients and students are currently acting on many of Toronto's stages, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, and appear on major shows such as: Grey's Anatomy, Kevin at Work, Saving Hope, and Orphan Black.
Selected corporate clients have included executives from: TD, Aveda, Jam 3, Fresh Squeezed Ideas, JH Hospitality, McKinsey, and The Boston Group.
This training is for fluent English speakers who learned English as a second language either at school or as an adult.
Changing your accent takes dedication, time, attention and practice. A one-on-one coaching experience can provide you with the regular, specific feedback necessary to help you assimilate new sounds quickly and effectively. We’ll teach you all the nuts and bolts of North American speech sounds, in an engaging and supportive atmosphere.
Through this training, you will develop your listening and speaking abilities so that you can:
• Receive a personalized speech assessment, so that you understand the most important sound changes for you
• Learn to hear and reproduce standard North American consonant sounds
• Learn to hear and reproduce standard North American vowel sounds
• Learn to hear and reproduce North American intonation patterns and rhythm
• Develop your vocabulary
• Begin to implement these sounds into your everyday speech
Following a typical course of 10 x 1 hour sessions, clients usually experience a reduction in accent of at least 50%. Results can be even more dramatic in a rehearsed presentation. You can also expect to be heard and understood much more easily in casual conversation, and to feel more confident when you speak.
Individual Sessions on-site or at my studio.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COACHING
Private coaching, in my studio, or, right where you work
My personalized, one-on-one coaching sessions focus on your specific needs. We will give concentrated attention to an upcoming presentation and teach you all of the skills that we teach in our group sessions, tailored to areas in which you need to see particular improvement.
Our private coaching sessions help you to gain insight into what you do beautifully and into what you could develop further. With my help, you will master new techniques in order to fortify weaknesses in your presentation skills, and in order to ensure passionate, bold, and inspired delivery.
Who should attend?
ACCENTS FOR ACTORS
Whether the accent you need is from across the pond, south of the 49th parallel or all the way around the world, I can help! With me you'll learn your accent in a fun and creative atmosphere that is as technically specific as it is imaginative and supportive.
Need coaching in a hurry for a last minute audition? Don't hesitate to get in touch. If there's a way to fit you in, I'll do it!
Through coaching, you will:
• gain a thorough and specific understanding of the sound changes required to take on your new accent
• experience an embodied understanding of the required rhythms and intonation patterns
• apply these changes directly to your script
• learn a systemic approach to accent acquisition that will enable you to prepare and rehearse any accent
Email or call to book your session.
This work is for actors who want to develop a stronger, more connected, more expressive voice for stage and screen.
We will utilize the Linklater vocal progression to develop and strengthen the voice through connecting breath to sound, exploring resonance, flying up and down through pitch, exercising breathing power to support the voice, and building more specific connection to speech sounds and language.
If you are an actor or voice teacher considering Linklater Designation, I am currently training several people working towards designation, and would be happy to discuss that process with you.
“I want to hear YOU, not your voice.”
― Kristin Linklater
Public Speaking Client
"I worked with Christine to take my upcoming speech at Cornell University up a notch or two. She worked with me to tap into my energy, my personal passion and even my heart, transforming a good speech into a highly impactful one!
I highly recommend Christine and will definitely hire her again!"
Actor & Model
Accent Reduction Client
"I love coming every class knowing that I'm going to progress and learn so much. I come out with a little bit more confidence in myself. Confidence in my speech and confidence in my performance. I don't just want to be known for my accent. Learning a general American accent gives me a great variety of roles I can play."
Nolan Molfetta, Actor
Voice Coaching Client
"I started working with Christine during my theatre training at Humber College. There, she helped me to discover the potential for change and growth in a voice that was locked up from habitual tension and lacked support. Christine is a pleasant, understanding and patient instructor who truly cares about the progress and well-being of her students. She is very in-tune with who she is working with; she can tell what areas are more difficult and her in-depth knowledge of the material allows her to work around what is hassling the student. Every time I travel home from a session with Christine I feel proud about how much I had discovered that day."
Accents for Actors Client
"Christine Berg has significantly aided my voice-over career. First and foremost, she worked with me to neutralize my regional accent when necessary, allowing me to compete for national jobs. Her direction was professional and constructive without advising me to completely lose my authentic, natural voice. in addition, she helped me to better prepare for auditions with valuable exercises, script reading tips, breathing techniques, and vocal health awareness, something that I previously took for granted. I encourage anyone who is serious about enhancing their voice potential to partner with SHINE CREATIVE COACHING."
Jennifer Villaverde, Actor
Voice Coaching Client
"Christine's approach was very relaxed and hands-on. Her intuitive coaching helped me make new discoveries with pieces I had been working on for years!"
Voice Coaching Client
"I've been working with Christine for over a year and have seen large improvements. She's helped me find a voice I never knew existed. Her sessions are very relaxed and a perfect environment to explore and develop your voice. I've also gained such an awareness in my speech that I'm able to speak with a sense of ease."
If you’re interested in discussing your needs more specifically, get in touch. I would be happy to talk you through the coaching process, the results you can expect, and answer any questions you might have.
Call Christine at 416-884-8130
Or send me an email below. All emails and calls are returned within 48 hours