Eliza Schneider

Dialects, Accents, Character Specialist, kids

Voice Description

Known as "The Woman of A Thousand Voices," Eliza Jane Schneider can do anything from infants to old men. A world-class dialect and accent expert, her astounding voice-match capabilities have been heard on MTV and Comedy Central as celebrities from Keira Knightly to Penelope Cruz to Michelle Obama. She can do warm and deep, sexy and fun, smooth and professional, hip and off-beat, teenage, non-announcer, announcer, all kinds of kid and animal voices, singing, and almost anything else you can imagine.

Voice Genders and "Ages" I Can Perform

• Baby
• Child
• Teenage Girl
• Teenage Boy
• Young Adult Female
• Middle Age Female
• Senior Female

Language(s) of Which I Am a Native Speaker:

• English - Australian
• English - British
• English - USA and Canada
• English - South African
• English - Other
• Russian

I Offer my Services for these Recording Purposes

• Commercials
• Promos
• IVR, voicemail, phone systems, and on-hold messages
• Training, business presentations, sales, and web sites
• Audiobooks
• Videogames
• Documentaries
• TV shows and movies
• Movie and game trailers
• Podcasts
• Adult content
• Songs
• Others (on-camera, infomercials, live announcers, spokespersons)

Jobs I Am Willing to Take (Union-wise)

• Non-Union Jobs

Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories Jobs for ACTRA (Canada) signatories

Jobs for British Equity signatories Jobs for British Equity signatories

Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories Jobs for Union des Artistes (Canada) signatories

• Jobs for SAG-AFTRA (US) signatories

My Union Affiliations and Memberships


My Recording and Delivery Capabilities

• I will go to any designated studio in my area
• I have ISDN in my studio
• I have Phone Patch in my studio
• I can record and then deliver the audio files via Email
• I can record and then upload the audio files via FTP
• I can record and then deliver the files by regular mail

Pre-, Post- and Production Services I Offer

• I offer copywriting services
• I can deliver edited and finished voice tracks
• I offer radio ad production services
• I have a music library and can add music to any project
• I can add special effects to any project

My Home Base

, California, United States

Accents, Impersonations, Characters and Dialects

British R.P., Upper Class British, Cockney, Estuary English, (contemporary mix of upper & lower class English spoken by a majority of British people in and around London, Manchester, Liverpool, Yorkshire, Rural Northern English, West Country, North Country, Essex, Geordie, Newcastle, Irish, Dublin, S. Eastern Irish, Belfast, Northern Irish, Cork, Southern Urban Irish, Galway, Southwestern Gaelic, Sligo, Northwestern Gaelic, Scottish, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glaswegian, Orkney, Shetland, Highlander, (broad Scottish rural mix used often in cartoons, Scots, Australian, Melbourne,Sydney, Tasmania, Perth, Western Australian, Western Australia, Darwin, Northern Australian, Alice Springs, outback, central Australian, Aussie, Aboriginal, New Zealand, North Island of New Zealand, South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown, Queensland, Aukland, Maouri, South African, Cape Town English, White South African, Black South African, Africaans,Cape Colored, Zulu, Thosa, click dialects, Durban, South African Indian, West Indian Dialects, Jamaican, St. Thomian, Dominican, Puerto Rican, Aruban, Patois, Hawaiian Pidgin, Papua New Guinea Pidgin, French, German, Russian, Polish, Ukrainian, Eastern European, Armenian, Middle Eastern, Iraqi, Iranian, Egyptian, Israeli, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Singapore, Malay, Malaysian, Japanese, Nigerian, etc..., any accent or dialect within 24 hours

My Voice Experience

POPZILLA, multiple celebrities, MTV
LENNY & NATE (pilot)3 Regulars, Multiple CARTOON NETWORK
THE FRESHMAN, Series Regular MTV
3-SOUTH, Recurring, Multiple Roles MTV

My Training

BFA in World Arts and Cultures with Theater Concentration from UCLA

ACTING: Comedy Improv Performance: Cynthia Czigetti, ACME Comedy Theatre, LA
Sketch Comedy Writing, Travis Oates, ACME Comedy Theatre, LA, Acting for Film/TV: Delia Salvi, UCLA, LA, Stanislavsky Method: Sal Romeo, LA Scene Study: Catlin Adams, LA, John Faust, Northwestern University, Chicago, J. Michael Schneider, School of the Arts, Rochester, NY, Norman Welsh , Theatre, UCLA, LA, some total jerk at the Strassberg Institute in LA. SINGING : Pop/Rock: Elizabeth Sabine, LA; Singing, General: Rickie Gole,Musical Theater: John Hall, UCLA, LA; Opera: Seth McCoy, Pamela Kurau, Eastman School of Music, NY, Gloria Lane, LA: DANCE: Ballet (pointe), Jazz, Tap, Modern , School of the Arts, Rochester, NY.
special skills
Master of impressions, voice patterning, and physicalization. Can do any impersonation or dialect in a short amount of time.

VOICEMATCHES: Amy Winehouse, Sarah Palin, Ann Coulter, Arianna Huffington, Nancy Grace, Sasha Obama, Keira Knightly, Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry, Winona Ryder, Suzanne Vega, The "Octomom," Tori Amos, Patsi Cline, Joni Mitchell, Snow White, Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. More upon request.

Musical Instruments: Violin-classical/fiddle/rock, Guitar, Piano, Sight Read Music; Languages: French and Russian. Read, Pronounce: Italian, German, Spanish; Dialects: Expert Dialectician & Teacher; Published in American Southern

My Studio Equipment

I have a pro-tools home studio and access to the full ISDN studio at WME.

Additional Skills

Coming up in 2010 on MTV, "The Woman of a Thousand Voices," Eliza Jane Schneider, will be starring as Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling, Beyonce, Giselle Bundchen, Michelle Obama, a Cyborg Brittany Spears, and a Ugandan adoption agent who won't give Angelina Jolie a baby (among others), on the hilarious new animated sketch show, "POPZILLA!"

Eliza Jane Schneider has taught and recorded dialects all over England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, both Islands of New Zealand, all 50 United States, South Africa, the West Indies, Russia, Israel, and France, to name a few. For five years, she voiced 8 Series Regular characters (Wendy, Shelly, Principal Victoria, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Cartman, Mrs. McCormick, Ms. Crabtree, The Mayor) and hundreds of additional voices for Comedy Central's hit animated series "South Park."

Her critically acclaimed one-woman, 34 character show, "Freedom of Speech," won the "Best Solo Show" award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and was ultimately moved to the The Public Theater. The popular show continues to tour, selling out venues from CitiStage Symphony Hall in Massachusetts to The Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

Recently profiled for her dialect research and character acting on the International BRAVO! Network's "Arts & Minds" program, alongside "Sting," Eliza Jane Schneider has created multiple dialect characters for MTV's animated series, "3 South", NBC's "King of the Hill," Cartoon Network's "Squirrel Boy," the Mel Gibson film, "What Women Want," and PIXAR's smash feature, "Finding Nemo."

On camera, Eliza Jane recurred on UPN's "Girlfriends" as a white girl, surprisingly fluent in "Ebonics". She also recurred as a Russian on NBC's "Spy TV," and is known in over 60 countries as series regular "Liza," on CBS' "Beakman's World."

Founder of the Eliza Doolittle Dialects school, Ms. Schneider has been coaching actors for dialect roles in film and television in Hollywood since 1992. She published her Distinctions in American Southern dialect collection in 1999, and is currently compiling the rest of her dialect research from around the world into instructional materials for actors.

Touted as Hollywood's premiere professional dialect expert in both voice acting and coaching, she has taught Dialects and Accent Reduction at Brown University, Trinity Rep, The ONeill Theater Center, Word Bridge Playwright's Workshop, The Famous Radio Ranch, The Learning Tree University, and Dolores Diehls Voice-Over Academy, and was the Master Dialects teacher at The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA) in 2008, the Screen Actors Guild Conservatory at the American Film Institute in Hollywood in 2009.

Fascinated by sound all her life, at age 7, Eliza Jane was recognized as a violin virtuoso, studying the Suzuki ear-training method at the Eastman School of Music, where she also studied classical voice. By age twelve, she had gotten her Equity card playing an English role in "A Christmas Carol" and an American Southern role in "Inherit the Wind." She has since performed in dozens of plays, including the title roles in Antigone and Agnes of God (for which, at age 17, she won Rochester, New York's "Dionysus Award" for "Outstanding Performance").

Schneider studied theater at Northwestern University and UCLA, where she graduated with a BFA from the World Arts and Cultures Department in Theater. She wrote her senior thesis on American regional dialects, and then participated in the Dialect 2000 conference at Queens University Belfast. Some of her recordings were used in the creation of the book resulting from that conference, Language Links: The Languages of Scotland and Ireland. She was then an invited guest at the joint meeting of the Northern English Dialect Societies in Yorkshire.

Eliza Jane Schneider continues to traverse the globe. She has recorded over 7000 interviews with native speakers of variant forms of English throughout the world, and is one of the top dialect coaches, voice actresses, and fiddle players in Hollywood. For info on Schneider's playwrighting and music credits, visit www.elizajane.com.

Schneider is a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) sponsored playwright who has developed her plays with dramaturges at the prestigious O'Neill Theater Center in New London, Connecticut, and WordBridge.

In 2007, her play, "Sounds of Silence: A Documentary Puppet Musical Farce about the 2004 Election in Ohio," was developed and performed at "WordBridge" playwright's conference with a cast of 11 at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Her solo play, "USA 911" was critically acclaimed all the way from Madison Wisconsin to Kilkenny, Ireland, and won her inclusion in the California Arts Council's Touring Artist's Roster. Her first solo play, "Road Trip" won her a Drama-Logue Critic's Award for Outstanding Performance.

In 2000, "Blue Girl," her science fiction rock opera about the return of the goddess, won the LA Weekly's "Best of LA" award, and in that same year, she also starred in "Blue Girl" at the Mogodor Opera House in Paris, France as part of the 2000 Millennial New Year's celebration, with former cast members from the Cirque Du Soleil.

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• Wire transfers

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