SPEAK IT CLEARLY
With over two decades of Voice, Speech and Dialect teaching experience at The Juilliard School, California Institute of the Arts and in the film industry, Denise Woods has become one of the most sought after Dialect Coaches in the country. Founder of The Denise Woods Studios in Hollywood, she offers clients conservatory style personal vocal training either in a studio setting, via Skype or a corporate boardroom environment. Her effective Voice, Speech and Self-Presentation Technique is designed to improve the verbal and physical skills needed to compete in a myriad of theatrical, business and/or social settings. Through a series of creative exercises, clients learn to express ideas and emotions more eloquently and effectively to audiences of two or two thousand. Woods’ proven technique increases breath capacity, enriches vocal quality, strengthens articulation and produces clear, well-organized thoughts for effective communication. Her objective is to address the vocal and speech needs of each client without compromising their vocal authenticity. Actors, athletes, broadcast journalists, politicians, high school students or anyone who has the desire to improve their communication skills will benefit from this critically-acclaimed method. Featured in The New Yorker Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun, Woods has established herself as one of the nation’s premier Voice, Speech and Dialect Coaches.
JUILLIARD SCHOOL ALUMNA
JUILLIARD SCHOOL FACULTY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS FACULTY
FOUNDER OF EXPRESS YOURSELF
Most recently, Denise served as the Dialect Coach for the 20th Century Fox film Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Costner and directed by Ted Melfi. She was the Dialect Coach for Zoe Saldana in her portrayal of the legendary singer Nina Simone and coached Broadway’s critically acclaimed production of The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess starring Audra McDonald and David Alan Grier.
Some of her clients in the broadcasting industry include Soledad O’Brien, Chris Hansen, Maria Bartiromo and Norah O’Donnell. As a Dialect Coach in the film industry her work includes Golden Globe winner Idris Elba in No Good Deed, Academy Award nominated Ken Watanabe in The Last Samurai and Academy Award nominated Will Smith in Ali. Other rewarding coaching experiences have been those with Phylicia Rashad, Ellen Burstyn, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Paul Rodriguez, Victoria Rowell, Eve, Ray Liotta, Portia de Rossi, Rachel Weisz, Mekhi Phifer, Jessica Chastain, Taye Diggs, Kirsten Dunst, Queen Latifah, Jeffrey Wright, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anthony Mackie, Mike Myers and Laurence Fishburne.
Denise has been contracted to coach the on-air personalities for the forth coming Black Television News Channel. She is also using her expertise to help professional athletes improve their communication and media skills. She has worked with some of sports most popular athletes, which includes players from the New York Knicks and the New York Giants. Denise has also coached several retired athletes who were looking to further their careers in broadcasting and business. As a graduate of The Juilliard School, she became the first African-American female to join the Drama Division Faculty in 1992. To date, Woods’ most rewarding achievement has been the creation of “Express Yourself,” a program she founded in 1996 teaching voice, speech and acting to teenagers from the Harlem community.
“CHANGING LIVES ONE VOICE AT A TIME”
Jacque Reid visits The Juilliard School and chats with Denise Woods, the Speech and Dialect Coach who trained the cast of Hidden Figures as well as many other stars
VOICE OVER TECHNIQUE
PUBLIC SPEAKING TECHNIQUE
All services are individual coaching sessions, either in the West Hollywood studio or via Skype. Single rates and package sessions are available. Please contact the Denise Woods Studios for details.
Speak It Clearly is the perfect, fast-paced warmup especially designed for the novice with no previous training or the well trained vocal professional. With attention paid to breath, voice and articulation, Speak It Clearly gives one the option to use as an in-depth daily regimen or as a quick and easy warmup before an audition or speaking engagement. Whatever the need or skill level, you’ll find this easy downloadable warmup an absolute necessity to help you “Speak It Clearly!”