“The breadth of Eliza’s skill and knowledge in dialects is matched only by the depth of detail she brings to each particular one. And it’s all built on a unique foundation of personal, scholarly research. As an actress, she seamlessly synthesizes that knowledge into the characters she creates, be they fantastical or truly real.”
Eliza Jane Schneider is an actor, playwright, songstress, and fiddler in addition to being a dialect expert.
She is most widely known for voicing most of the female characters on Comedy Central’s South Park, including Wendy, Shelly, Principal Victoria, Mrs. Marsh, Mrs. Cartman, Mrs. McCormick, Ms. Crabtree, the Mayor, and hundreds of additional voices.
Her one-woman, 34-character show, Freedom of Speech, directed by Sal Romeo, won the “Best Solo Show” award at the New York International Fringe Festival, then ran Off-Broadway at P.S. 122, and was ultimately moved to Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater.
On camera, she is known in over 60 countries as “Liza” on CBS’s Beakman’s World, and appeared in 2015 as Ilyana, a Russian spy, in Disney Channel’s KC Undercover.
Her gaming fans know her as Rebecca Crane in the Assassin’s Creed game franchise, and she has coached dialects and voiced dozens of other characters and creatures for the gaming world, from Scottish trolls to Jamaican dragons.
She often coaches celebrities for film, and worked as a voice-match expert with Oliver Stone on Savages, and Todd Phillips on Hangover 3. She has taught Dialects and Accent Reduction at Brown University, Trinity Rep, UCLA Extension, The O’Neill Theater Center, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Workshop, The American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Conservatory at the American Film Institute (AFI) in Hollywood.
She has performed, researched, and taught dialects all over England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, both Islands of New Zealand, all 50 United States, South Africa, the West Indies, Russia, Israel, France, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and South Korea, usually while touring as a fiddler with some band.