Eliza Simpson, Speech Coach

Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork


Accent Coaching for Actors

Any accent is possible! Whether for a specific role or general knowledge individual coaching will give you a strong technical hold on a new accent. I work with actors on specific text to adapt vocal posture and sound changes. We apply these to exercises and improvisation to give you a nuanced and authentic accent that truly is your own.

Dialect Coaching for English as a Second Language Professionals

I started Pretty Speak as a way to help you modulate your accent as a tool for your business. For English as a second language speakers American Pronunciation can feel like a hurdle or an anxiety. Individualized coaching will address your specific needs so that you can express your self with Confidence and Clarity.  

I divide my lessons into 2 major components,

First, Articulation, Rhythm, and Placement in the Mouth (which controls the overall tone of the accent).

Next, we focus on Grammar, Syntax, Unfamiliar Sounds, and Common Phrasing. We cover strategies on how to tackle difficult topics or difficult people and apply them in improvised work place scenarios and social settings. This will give you the calm and confidence to take control in any conversation. 

Public Speaking

Giving a toast? or a presentation at work? These simple public speaking skills will help you get your message across and leave a lasting impression. Stance, breathing, and intelligibility are integral parts of a likable, charismatic presentation. 


I'm here to empower. I first became interested in Speech when I attended Rutgers University, where I graduated with a BFA in Theater. I have studied the voice and speech techniques of Kristen Linklater, Patricia Fletcher, Catherine Fitzmaurice, and Dudley Knight. I am also certified to teach Knight-Thompson Speechwork. My primary goal in coaching is to help others claim the power of their voice.

Set Up Your First Lesson

For those of you in New York City or in the Rockland County Area, I provide 1 hour private sessions in your home or place of work. Fill out the form below to set up an introductory phone call at no charge. Once we establish what you hope to achieve through coaching I can figure out the best way to help you reach your goal and prepare a lesson tailored to your needs.

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Eliza's depth of study in accents and phonetics coupled with her warm personality, professionalism, creativity, integrity and attention to detail make her a fantastic coach.  She is able to draw from her own experience as an actor and public speaker to help her clients bring their work to the next level.  Eliza is the kind of coach who wants to see you succeed, and will help you gain the speech and accent skill you need to do so. - Jane Guyer Fujita, Voice and Speech faculty at Yale School of Drama and the A.R.T at Harvard University

I engaged the expert services of Eliza to help minimize my Australian accent for auditioning purposes as an actress. She is a charming, talented coach who was able to really direct me to the areas of speech I needed to concentrate on most. Eliza was incredibly helpful in showing me the patterns of speech I had developed over the years and discovering how to break them down and alter them. I have no hesitation in recommending her as voice coach for anyone needing assistance with speech training in any capacity. - Lisa Carrington, Actress

Eliza is one of the most intuitive and technically expert students I've ever had the pleasure of training.  She has a sensitive ear, a strong kinesthetic understanding of speech mechanics, and a gentle, effective way of working with students.  I am very happy to recommend potential new clients to her when I can!  – Julie Foh, Voice and Speech Teacher at National Theater Institute and Rutgers University

"I think you should change the name to "Speak with Presence." "

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