Henry Szeps, OAM - Actor
"This is a testimonial for the very talented dialect consultant, Nick Curnow, with whom I've worked on two productions: Halpern & Johnson (2007-2008) and Four Flat Whites in Italy (2011), both for Ensemble Theatre, Sydney. The former was a two hander with Garry MacDonald and myself playing two British gents: I, a lower class Londoner while Garry played a toff. Four Flat Whites is a New Zealand play in which the four main characters are Kiwi's, so we had to give plausible Kiwi accents.
"I can only marvel at Nick’s acute ear for sounds, his thorough preparation, his gentle and reassuring manner, and his insightful follow-through as the season progresses. I am very happy to recommend Nick Curnow. He is a valuable asset to any company where plausible dialect is important."
GARRY McDONALD, AO - ACTOR
"I found Nick Curnow to be very helpful in my preparation for two roles requiring very different accents. He is a very encouraging and effective tutor. "
Valentino del Toro - Actor
"Nick Curnow is my go to guy for all accents. Having worked with him over the years I have grown to trust and respect his mastery of coaching.
"Not only does he offer his coaching expertise but also educates in the history and origin of the accent which makes all the difference when coming to understand the ‘culture’ and therefore the ‘character’.
"I have worked with Nick on accents for several auditions in Arabic, Russian and American but I was very grateful to have him in my corner for Italian in ‘Underbelly’ and Spanish (Canary Island origin) for the film ‘Distance’."
Nisrine Amine - Actor
"In a past life, methinks Nick and I were best friends living in a New York loft apartment talking the days and nights away in a heavy Bronx accent. Because that's what it feels like every time I do an accent coaching session with him; it feels like a couple of old mates using vocal expression and hand gestures and tongue-twisting and heightened palate-awareness.
"There is also so much joy in every session with Nick. He is an absolute treasure to work with, highly professional yet personable, and I have valued our working relationship over the past five years more than anything. I have been a professional actor for a number of years now and whenever I need to brush up on my accents, or learn a new one from scratch, Nick has always been there. He explains things with such clarity and simplicity and is super patient. Highly recommended!"
Noel Hodda - Actor
"I have worked with Nick on a number of occasions. He is an expert in his field and he shares his knowledge with an ease and thoroughness that makes getting results easy. His manner is engaging, his enthusiasm infectious and his skill is marked. He would be my default 'go-to' guy for dialect coaching."
Peter Rowley - Actor
"I arrived on set with the notion a Southern Irish accent was required but no it had been shifted to the North...aaaaaaaargh!!!!!! Then Nick Curnow emerged from behind my wall of self induced fear and with a calm presence assured me all would be fine.
His manner and knowledge of dialects was amazing as he softly imparted sounds in one ear whilst the director shouted action in the other. It all seemed to fall in place ... thanks to Nick!"
Chantelle Jamieson - Actor
Nick is an excellent dialect coach. He has a knack for not only nailing the finer phonetic details but also giving very apt insight into the placement, rhythm and tone of each dialect. When I was cast as a French woman in a show, I wasn’t sure how to attack it without sounding like Pepe le Pew, but Nick made it simple and believable. Since then, Nick has been my first thought when tackling dialects for auditions. He even transcribed a very specific English dialect just for me.
Thank you Nick!
Anna Crawford - Director
“Nick Curnow’s way of working is very muscular: he knows how to get the best out of an actor in a very short pace of time. Nick arrives in a rehearsal room and can troubleshoot with accuracy, ease and speed whilst respecting and supporting the creative choices of the team. He is detailed, encouraging and clear in his approach: actors’ voices, dialects and confidence are in safe hands with Nick. He’s a director’s dream.”
Demitrios Sirlas - Actor
"I go see Nick, we work for an hour. I head to my audition the next day, bang...I get the Job. Nick recognises your strengths and strengthens you weaknesses. I highly recommend you spend time with Nick before your next big audition."
Lulu McClatchy - Actor
"I had the pleasure of having Nick dialect coach me when I needed to perform with a Northern Irish accent. He is extremely talented. He is very patient and explains the accent in a way that made it quick to learn and easy to understand. Extremely professional, he has a wonderful attention to detail, I would recommend him on any set and will definitely be calling in the future when I next need help with a show or audition."
Bruno Xavier - Actor
"I have had a number of sessions with Nick Curnow working on my Standard American accent. It was an enriching experience where he was able to identify my individual needs and highlight the particular areas that needed work. He has a great ear and his specificity with the work is fantastic. I experienced results within a short period of time and I would highly recommend him for any kind of accent coaching."
Stephen Peacocke - Actor
"The first time I saw Nick was on stage. At that point I didn't know him and was wondering how the director had managed to fill the play's one American speaking role with an American actor. I later realised he was just a bloody Aussie with a flawless accent!
"Needless to say Nick has a gifted ear for accents and unique skill in helping actors to achieve solid, natural dialects in their work. That he has such an extensive background as an actor only helps the process. If you need to brush up on your Standard American (or any other of the many accents he works with) I highly recommend Nick to get you up to industry standard without much fuss."
TIM DRAXL - ACTOR
“I had the great pleasure of working with Nick during Mothers and Sons at the Ensemble Theatre. Set in New York, I felt quite abreast of the accent, having lived in the States for several years but not until our first rehearsal with Nick was it brought to my attention how much of a West Coast accent I had adopted - not to mention the occasional Australian vowel slipping out. With Nick's attention to detail and exceptionally keen ear he was able to pin point specific recurring problems and give me concise and easy to follow exercises which enabled me to resolve the problems and deliver the accent with greater authenticity. Nick has an incredible understanding of accents and dialects and a gift in deciphering their minute regional differences."
Bel Deliá - Actor
"Nick Curnow is one of the most skilled accent coaches around. I have had the pleasure to take in a few accents classes with him and he has an ability to not only teach you the required skills for a large range of accents but also uniquely give you an understanding into their origins. I've also always loved working with Nick as a Director. Would highly recommend him to anyone!"
Stephanie Drapeau - Actor
"Nick's got the magic ear for sound and has a wonderful way of adjusting his teaching to your style of learning and integrating.
I've witnessed a complete turnaround in my ability to discern the subtleties of what makes the accent authentic. This has created a natural metamorphosis of the way my words flow from me in relation to the character we've been working on.
His style and warmth make the process enjoyable and I look forward to the next accent we'll take on together!"
Julian Garner - Actor
“Nick had a great ear for the little details that can give away a non-naturalised accent (Standard American in this case). He had very practical and simple advice, plus encouragement that helped me and the rest of the cast pull off a very believable accent.”
Natasha Beaumont - Actor
"Nick was an essential component to our rehearsals in an American accented
production. He has an awesome ear for detail and can articulate fine nuances of
inflection with great clarity. He is also a total pleasure to work. I would absolutely
James Beach - Director
"Nick Curnow, with great generosity and precision, can bring out remarkable improvements in approaches to dialogue and vocal work in a remarkably short space of time. He is at all times respectful to process and brings his own considerable talents as a performer to working with actors in ways that they and the whole rehearsal room can appreciate."
Gael Ballantyne - Actor
"Nick is a charming and sensitive teacher of dialect. He has an incredible ear and is able to explain the vocal changes with clarity. I have never worked with a better dialect teacher."
Kate Skinner - Actor
"Nick is a wonderful dialect coach and the first person I recommend every time. He has extremely detailed knowledge of an astounding number of accents and he can approach his training from a variety of entry points to best suit the needs of the student."
Conrad Le Bron - Actor, Acting Coach
"I have worked with Nick Curnow in the Australian premiere of Canary by Jonathan Harvey, in which he was both my director and dialect coach. Nick has an extraordinary understanding of dialects from all over the world and an even better ability to teach dialects to another; allowing his students to make it their own. He first helped me with the infamously challenging Northern Irish accent and ever since then I have recommended him to everyone for dialect work. I recently used his friendly services for an Argentinean accent and in only an hour and with his precision as a coach, I was able to construct a very accurate dialect for a last minute casting. What makes him unique is his effectiveness at passing on detailed knowledge and understanding of dialects and empowering the actor to confidently use them. He is the best dialect coach I've come across."
Ian ZammiT - Artistic Director
"Nick was a delight to have on board for the production: his knowledge & skill with accents and dialects and grounded confidence made him very easy to work with and learn from. Our cast became engaged and articulate in wrapping their words around 1940's Australian, English and Japanese dialects within just a couple of workshops, and Nick kept the atmosphere light and enjoyable in working on even the toughest of idioms. I highly recommend Nick for similar work and look forward to working with him in future!
Courtney Powell - Actor
"We had an incredible dialect coach in Nick Curnow, and if you ever have the chance to work with him, jump at it!"
Helen O'Leary - Actor, Voice Over Artist
Helen O'Leary in "God's Ear." Photo Bob Seary
"I am so fortunate that not only was I cast as Lenora in Jonathan Wald's production of God's Ear at The Reginald Theatre Seymour Centre but that Nick Curnow was the production's dialect coach. Nick's help was invaluable in my quest to nail the American accent. Working 1 on 1 with him was so enjoyable. I particularly appreciated how thorough he was with specific mouth placement & consistency in substitutions that were required. Our Australian musculature is very specific & Nick guided me beautifully in simple solutions to make the appropriate adjustments, all the while encouraging the private work I had already done.
"If you need to nail an accent get a personal session with Nick. Trust me it will be money very well spent. If you're determined to achieve real precision with dialect Nick will help you realise your goal.
"Experts know what they are doing, that's why you ask for their help. Nick just happens to be an expert as well as a really great guy who is encouraging, positive and prepared to go the extra mile for all his clients."