Kerry Candeloro is a senior in Gallatin concentrating in Vocal Transformations: Speech as Identity in Theatre and Society. During her undergraduate career, she has explored how language defines peoples and societies and has looked at how those identities can be translated to the stage. She serves on the executive board of the Gallatin Theatre Troupe, where she produced GTT’s 6th Annual Brandspankin’ New Works Showcase. While studying abroad in London, Kerry used her linguistic knowledge to help develop the new musical play There’s A Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis (Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Edinburgh Fringe Festival). As a producer, she has helped bring many Gallatin students’s shows to wider New York City audiences, premiering Above Us (FringeNYC) and Brothers (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) in the past year. Kerry was also a part of the original NYU Gallatin workshop cast of Diamond Alice, playing the role of Gert Holmes in the fall of 2015.
You Talk Funny
As a native Philadelphian, I admit that I have a rather peculiar way of saying “water,” among other things. So, for me, dialects and foreign accents have always been a part of my everyday life. In college, I decided to make these a part of my concentration as well. In the halls of Gallatin, you might know me as “the dialect girl”—it’s been my title since day one. Now’s my chance to prove that. This workshop explores the incredible flexibility of the human voice to create sound and, consequently, meaning. It not only provides coaching in how to speak in another dialect, but also highlights the formation of stereotypes and societal attitudes based simply around the different ways we use our voices. Special thanks go out to Jessie Austrian and Liz Hayes for all their support throughout this process.