Accents for Improv: French with Sarah Nichols and Sim Rivers

Ooh là là! Learn the French accents in two hours!

Want to add a new accent or two to your skill set?

This workshop will provide you with some basic techniques for control over your voice. You will practice using an accent to initiate and commit to strong character choices.

Join me for a two-hour workshop where Sarah and Sim will teach you the basics of the French accent. You will try them on for fun in some improv scene work!


Sarah Nichols is a voice/speech/dialect coach and a singer/dancer/actor from Orlando, Florida. She received a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory at Berklee in 2014, where she worked as a Voice and Speech teacher’s assistant during her final year. Since then, she has toured with TheatreworksUSA and performed for Royal Caribbean International while serving as her cast’s Vocal Captain. Most recently, Sarah completed an MFA in Voice Studies from The Royal Central School of Speech in Drama in London. During her time in the UK she had the privilege of taking workshops from Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Patsy Rodenburg, Barbara Houseman, Frankie Armstrong, Christina Shewell, and Ita O’Brien, among others. In the last two years she has taught voice and coached accents at Virginia Commonwealth University, East 15 Acting School, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, and the American University in Cairo.

Sarah is a Senior Editor-at-Large for the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), having contributed over 30 audio samples of accents from around the world. These recordings and many others can be found at She is also a Junior Board Member for the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and a brand-new resident of Washington, D.C.

Photo by Bella Miranda


Sim Rivers is a theatre artist based in the DMV region. Currently an MFA candidate in Performance & Pedagogy at VCU, he has worked as an educator, dialect coach, and performer with a special emphasis on improvisation and devised ensemble creation. Recent projects include Gross Indecency, The Importance of Being Earnest (TheatreVCU), Reckoning Seeds & Bleeding Light (Devised at Fells Point Corner Theatre), and Whitesplaining (Devised at The Conciliation Lab).

Level 1: Foundations of Improv, or permission from the Education Manager
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In-person elective - spring 2023
Accents for Improv: French

Saturday, March 25

Latin American Youth Center
1419 Columbia Rd NW

$65 Register