About Us

Performance today holds the mirror up to a diverse and changing world. 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. In order to do this, the performer must have access to authentic sources for hearing and seeing the gestural aspects of accent and dialect.

The Visual Accent & Dialect Archive (VADA) will be an archive of video clips from around the world, providing both aural and visual information about an accent or dialect.