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Kate DeVore

Kate DeVore is a voice, speech, and presence trainer for professional speakers. She is a theatre voice, speech, and dialect coach as well as a speech pathologist specializing in performing voice. Through her business, Total Voice, Inc., she coaches speakers from actors to executives, narrators to lawyers. 

Kate is co-author of The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, and Improving Your Voice (Chicago Review Press), and is co-creator of downloadable dialect training materials through Accent Help.  She is the author of the iBook Accent Modification: Neutral American Accent (on iTunes and Google Play).

Kate regularly serves s Voice and/or Dialect Coach at numerous area theatres, including the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lyric Opera Chicago, A Red Orchid Theatre, and Drury Lane. Kate teaches regularly at the School at Steppenwolf and Columbia College Chicago. Both nationally and abroad, she has given numerous workshops and presentations on voice, speech, and healing arts and has authored many articles. 

If you'd like to hear her voice, check out the podcast Kate co-hosts: You Won't Believe What I Ate Last Night. You can access her CV here.



Kate (DeVore — Dialects Online) is one of the best instructors I've ever had! Hands down! I felt like I learned so much, and also felt comfortable to perform to the best of my ability!

What I really appreciated about Kate is that she did not give you negative feedback, but positive encouragement and "themes" to work on.

— Kellie LaMay

Kate (DeVore — Dialects Online) was amazing and I learned an incredible amount in a short time. She clearly laid out the course content and what we could expect. She supplied excellent tools and resources for practice and references to apply these skills in the future. She was very encouraging and engaged and really made the experience inviting and fun.

— Coleen Tutton

"Kate (Kate DeVore, Instructor- Dialects) was a great instructor- I appreciated her approach to dialects and definitely feel like I learned new skills." 

— Dialects Student

"Taking Kate's (Kate DeVore, Instructor - Voice Workshopworkshop gave me so much to work with. She knows her craft very well. She was direct and very detailed. The class was very motivating, and she made me realize how important our body as an instrument is! I thank Kate for giving us the recipe we need to take our talent to the next level!" 

— Jerod Haynes


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