Dancing with Voice: Integrating Techniques across Performance Disciplines with Joan Melton


About the Presentation

This participative workshop makes practical connections across performance disciplines in the areas of voice, dance, movement and acting.

Joan Melton draws on both clinical and practice-based research in the UK, Australia and the US to clarify the technical requirements and physical relationships of sounding and moving simultaneously. Recommendations are made for modifications to movement for those of the less flexible among us.

Putting it all together, participants explore the physicality of language, both spoken and sung, in a movement-based context. Examples from musical theatre facilitate “doing it all” without sacrificing anything and while remaining healthy!

About the Presenter

Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS, is a leading researcher in cross-disciplinary performance techniques and co-founder of One Voice Centre for Integrative Studies. The author of three groundbreaking textbooks, Dancing with Voice: A Collaborative Journey across Disciplines (Voice Theatre Solutions 2015), One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD (2nd ed. Waveland 2012), and Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors (Allworth 2007), she has worked as a performer, composer, voice coach and/or music director on productions in virtually all media. Joan has taught at leading centers of drama and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and NZ, and currently heads research projects in the US and Australia. She is an Emeritus Professor of Theatre, CA State University Fullerton, an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre, and on the Musical Theatre faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. www.joanmelton.com