Kate Thurkle: Coach (Standard American, Australian)
Kate Thurkle is an actress, singer, writer, and voice coach. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Kate moved to the United States to further her academic studies in Acting and Performance at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Now a graduate, Kate is dedicated to sharing her passion for voice work and dialect training as she herself loves how the 21Accents’ teaching method can allow you to reveal your inner potential to be a multi-faceted individual.
Receiving her ATCL, and beginning her LTCL, in Speech and Drama from Trinity College London plus months of working with Amy, Kate has dedicated her time to honing her vocal apparatus and refining her Standard American accent to be able to not only use it in her acting career, but also teach it. Pushing everyone around her to succeed, no matter where they are in life, Kate is ecstatic about joining the 21Accents’ team to help students grow into the beautiful people they always knew they were.
Amy Walker: Master Coach, CEO, Founder
An actress/singer/songwriter since the highchair, learning authentic accents has always been part of Amy’s craft.
Since high school, directors would ask her to coach her fellow actors on set, and after the viral success of her 21 Accents video in 2008, she began offering free video tips on YouTube and coaching students around the globe through private sessions and workshops, with exceptional results.
Over the years, Amy has developed a method that is unique in the world, with multi-sensory, fun techniques that are adaptable to all learning styles. Since 2012, she has been passing on these techniques to her protégé, Chief Training Officer Alex Brown, and now to a new team of teachers who can offer this work to an ever-wider audience. With over 40 million views online, the success of her work and videos landed her on the TODAY Show, NPR, Inside Edition, and more. Learn more about Amy: http://www.AmyWalkerOnline.com
Alex Brown: CTO, Partner
Alex Brown is a singer, actor and voice coach. Born in Spain, he moved to the United States for the first time at the age of 15. After that, he lived in different cities around the world including Los Angeles, NYC, London and Madrid. His desire to blend in and be able to sound American is what brought him to work with Amy Walker. After years of intensive training with Amy, he started coaching students on the Standard American Accent through 21Accents.com.
He has since taught over 100 private students and over 2000 hours of sessions only on the Standard American Accent. He is also a certified ESL/ESOL teacher and has taught English overseas in Spain and Germany, as well as in the United States. Alex is an Alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently lives in LA.
Ian Walker: Administrator
Ian is a Voice Artist, Editor and Administrator for 21Accents. He was born and raised in Wallasey, across the river from Liverpool in England. Residing in Los Angeles for many years, most of his career journey has involved working in corporate I.T. Through his Walker’s Words company he has helped authors with their editing and clients with their social media setup and presence.
As a Voice Artist, he has narrated audio books and is excited at the prospect of voice work for animation and computer games. http://www.ianmwalker.com/