What is VADA?

English speaking performers must have the skill and ability to acquire any accent or dialect (a regional variety of an accent) with the specific lilt, rhythms, intonations and sound changes intrinsic to each individual region a character represents.


Performance today holds the mirror up to a diverse and changing world.

In order to create truthful characterizations and performances, actors must have access to authentic sources for visual as well as audible aspects of accent and dialect.

The Visual Accent & Dialect Archive (VADA) is an archive of curated video clips from around the world, providing both auditory and gestural information about an accent or dialect.