Tony Alcantar is an internationally renowned Dialect Coach based out of Vancouver. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Halle Berry, Nathan Fillion, Sam Rockwell, Julia Ormond, Elizabeth Banks, Jenna Fischer, Bob Odenkirk and Stellan Skarsgard. His recent work with Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and the rest of the cast of FX’s hit show Fargo is receiving high praise and recognition.
Born and raised in Chicago, Tony received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Acting and Theatre from Chicago’s Roosevelt University, studying under Chicago’s premiere dialect coach Belinda Bremmer.
His post-graduate training includes an extensive knowledge and practice of the Middle Eastern, Asian, Russian, French, German, Spanish and Yiddish accents as well as the English dialects of Cockney, Standard British, Scottish, Irish, New York, American East Coast, Chicago, Midwest, and Southern.
Tony is an alumnus from the world-famous The Second City theatre where for two years he performed a variety of these accents and dialects in his performances. These dialects and accents have served him well, as he is an accomplished voice over actor who can be heard in a variety of animated TV series, features and video games.
Tony has been holding sold-out dialect workshops at UBCP since 2004 and has taught dialects at Vancouver Acting School, VanArts, and Improv-Chicago. In addition to on-set dialect coaching he currently holds his own workshops and trains actors one-on-one. He is constantly recommended by Vancouver’s top casting directors and frequently works across North America to work on set in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and Calgary. American producers and Canadian actors find it beneficial to have an American dialect coach strategically based in Hollywood North.
- Master of Fine Arts (High Honors) in Acting, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1993
- Bachelor of Arts in Theater, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1991
- The Second City Training Center, Graduate, 1986
- Player’s Workshop of the Second City, Graduate, 1982
Recipient of City Council Resolution by Chicago’s Mayor Richard J. Daley for “contributions to our city’s cultural life”, 1995