Deb Victoroff, M.S. (Tier 1 Senior Staff Instructor) is a native Midwesterner with a passion for the spoken word. She received her AccentsOff instructor certification after an intensive year-long training program, and is the director and lead instructor for our “YPS” (“Young Professionals and Students”) American accent training program.
Deb’s pedagogical strategy was honed by studying the teaching practice and principles of the late Sam Chwat, one of the pre-eminent accent modification specialists of the last century. On her way to completing a certification in Knight-Thompson Speechwork, Deb has worked intensively with KTS faculty Julie Foh and Nathan Crocker,
Deb is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association). She holds a Master’s degree in communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, a B.A. in International Studies from Ohio State University, and a general studies certificate from the New College at Oxford University.
She is also a writer and editor, published in Cosmopolitan, Penthouse, and The Village Voice, as well as the online humor forums HappyWomanMagazine.com and Open Salon, and her short plays have been produced around the country. Her story “House and Garden” is available on Amazon.com.
Deb presently performs with the Grace Chorale of Brooklyn where she refines her musical ear and diction in German, French, Italian, Spanish and Latin. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and recently toured South Africa with the international singing group Village Harmony.
Before joining AccentsOff, Deb worked in film and television as an editor, including on the feature film “Philadelphia” and the NYC-based series “Sex and the City”. As with the rest of the AccentsOff crew, her background in the arts has primed her instincts for both the art and science of accent modification.
Deb also heads up the AccentsOff writing coaching program and is our go-to girl if you want to overhaul your writing skills, or just need some assistance with editing and proofreading projects.
“I am so proud of the classes I have been taking and what I have learned from you, Deb. My American colleagues are amazed how I can speak so clearly. I am even teaching my friends how to say some words correctly. Your classes have been so useful for me! I am really happy! 🙂
– Stan Hristakev, actor, New York
“It is a pleasure to be taught by such a professional like you, Deb. I successfully graduated from a screen acting course in Britain. Your highly professional advice on typical mistakes when pronouncing vowels of English helped me to sound almost authentic while being filmed for the showreel. I received positive comments from the tutors. They didn’t even recognise my country of origin until I told them. Only due to your support could I sign up for my first ever performing workshop in an English-speaking country. I do hope our success story and some hands-on experience will be useful for your future students.”
– Galina, Skype client