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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.



I enjoyed my Dialects class with Kate DeVore; it was eye-opening to learn about the small details that change between dialects. She created a space that encourages play and mistakes to move our mouths and voice in this new way.  I also appreciated the direct approach when I wasn't hitting the mark. Kate's a wonderful teacher and someone who I hope to work with again.

— Meradi Ramirez

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