Experiencing Speech


Experiencing Speech is the introductory Knight-Thompson workshop, and is designed for actors, voice/speech teachers, clinicians, and coaches. A six-day intensive, Experiencing Speech delves deeply into the work laid out in Dudley Knight’s Speaking with Skill. The workshop is structured in two parts. The first three days focus on the physical actions that produce all the sounds of the world’s languages. (This section contains no phonetic transcription.) The second three days continue the exploration into even greater specificity through the use of narrow phonetic transcription. Participants then use these skills to explore formal and informal speech actions while maintaining complete intelligibility. These skills prepare the actor to move easily into any accent or vocal characterization that might be required onstage or in film, television or new media.

PART ONE     [Three days]

  • Awareness and practice of precise articulation action
  • Producing all the sounds in language—”Omnish”
  • Vocal Tract Posture—the articulatory basis for the sounds in accents and languages
  • No phonetic transcription will be used in this session of the workshop.



We take a day off between the first and second parts. This is a chance to rest and process information, or to enjoy the pleasures of our host city.


PART TWO    [Three days]

  • The application of detailed phonetic transcription to the process of speech and accent work
  • Using the entire IPA to research and teach speech
  • The skills of formal and informal speech


Each day begins with a vocal warm-up based in Fitzmaurice Voicework.



Workshop Costs

VASTA Members  $800*
Non-members       $900

* if you’re interested in repeating a workshop that you’ve already taken, contact us for special pricing deals.

In order to plan effectively for these workshops, it’s important to have a clear sense of the commitment of potential participants. For that reason we ask for a deposit of $200 to secure your place in the workshop. This is due six weeks prior to the start of the workshop. The full payment is due three weeks prior to the start of the workshop. If your plans change, and you are unable to attend, we will refund any payment less $75 if you inform us ten days prior to the start of the workshop. After that date, however, no refunds are possible. Please plan accordingly.

Upcoming Workshops

Our next offerings of Experiencing Speech are listed below. Click on the link to get more details for that workshop and to register.

May 2018


May 29 - June 4

  A Six-Day Workshop in: the sounds of the world’s languages the physicality of speech actions descriptive phonetics the skills of formal and informal speech With Teachers Andrea Caban & Tyler Seiple   Click here for a full description of the workshop. Workshop Costs VASTA Members $800* ANY Union Members $800** Non-members $900*** There is also a PART ONE ONLY OPTION for $500 ($400 with union membership)! This three-day session (Part One) focuses on: Awareness and practice of precise articulation action The physical actions that produce all the sounds of the world’s languages—”Omnish” Vocal Tract Posture—the articulatory basis for the […]



These workshops are now modeling the essence of Dudley Knight’s acuity, humor, and passion, through play that leads to skill. Brilliant, huge fun, and vitally important work.

Catherine Fitzmaurice

I had read Speaking With Skill several times, but this workshop opened it up to me as a teaching tool and textbook in a more profound way.

Jan Wikstrom
Kennesaw State University

The Knight-Thompson Speech workshops changed the way I teach speech and coach accents. Approaching speech from a broad global perspective has allowed me and my students to hear and execute speech sounds with more accuracy. This work raised the bar for my teaching and brought my coaching work an unparalleled level of detail. It has also offered me another way to teach speech in a way that is inclusive rather than exclusive.

Jane Fujita

My first encounter with KTS – Experiencing Speech – fundamentally changed my understanding of speech training and also shifted my course as a speech teacher-in-training. I went from relying on sound to relying on action, which has proved to be a much more efficient and accurate way to teach and to learn – and to connect speechwork to acting. I also went from laboring under the notion that there is a good way to speak onstage to celebrating all possible accents and pronunciation patterns. KTS made speechwork fun for me!

Julie Foh
Rutgers University

Experiencing Speech brought logic and a fresh perspective to actor speech training through engaging lectures and discussions as well as challenging exercises.

Mendy McMasters
CSU Bakersfield