About Professor Higgins

John Higgins is world renowned for his work as an Acting and Accent Coach,
Speech & Drama Teacher and Theatre Director. In Australia, John is in high demand as an American accent
and dialect coach for Australian actors appearing in films, television, plays, musicals and commercials.

Professor Higgins has assisted some
of the world’s most talented actors
like Shirley MacLaine, Denzel Washington
and Burt Reynolds. He has also taught Australian stars who have broken into the US film industry,
like Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek, Thor), Rose Byrne (Troy – opposite Brad Pitt, Damages),
Luke Ford (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), David Wenham (Public Enemies with Johnny Depp),
Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) , Nicholas Bishop (Past Life) ,Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and
Tammin Sursok (The Young & the Restless).

career history

As a Dialogue Director and Accent Coach, John has worked for Company B with the Artistic Director Neil Armfield, on Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee Williams, My Zinc Bed, by David Hare, and Stuff Happens also by David Hare, which won the 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Play, Best Actor – Greg Stone, and Best Supporting Actor, Russell Dykstra.

Also for Company B, John has worked with Kate Gaul on The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman, with Gale Edwards on Buried Child by Sam Shepard and with Marion Potts on The Goat, or Who is Silvia? by Edward Albee. This play won the 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Director.

At the Stables Theatre, John was the Accent Coach on Hurlyburly by David Rabe and The United States of Nothing, written and directed by Stephen Sewell. John was the Dialogue Director on Pugilist Specialist, directed by Michael Pigott at the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.

John has also been the Dialogue Director on several American feature films that were shot in Australia. These included: Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer, The Condemned dir. Scott Wiper, The Quiet American, dir. Phillip Noyce, Redhead: The Lucille Ball Story, dir. Glenn Jordan, Counterstrike at Warner Bros Studios Gold Coast, dir. Jerry London and Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure at Fox Studios, dir. Matthew Miller.

John was also the Dialogue Director for the Australian movies, Gabriel directed by Shane Abbess, and The Gates of Hell directed by Kel Dolan.  Both of these films required all of the actors to speak with American accents. All of the actors were Australian.

John worked as an English Accent Coach and Guest Judge on the hit TV series, Australian Princess. John was also the Dialect Coach on the Australian Stage Musical Productions of Grease and Saturday Night Fever.

John has worked as an acting teacher at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Actor’s Centre (London), and in Australia at On Camera Connections, The Ensemble Studios, the Actor’s Centre Australia and for the NIDA Open Program.

In Australia, John specializes in teaching standard American and all American dialects. John is also qualified to teach standard and regional British dialects and various European accents. As a teacher John has taught many styles of acting from The Method in New York to Shakespeare in London.

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[LAST update: 9 Dec 2010]

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