ONE VOICE Workshops for Performing Arts Programs

breathing techniqueDesigned to prepare performance specialists to work across boundaries in theatre, music and dance

Although "interdisciplinary" has become an international buzz word, separate trainings remain the norm in the US and in most other parts of the world. Yet the value to students in a more comprehensive approach can be enormous, as singers, actors and dancers seek to diversify skills, work across media, and access multiple styles.

For voice teachers, the biggest gap in both singing and acting training is typically that between voice and dance. Therefore, dance pedagogies figure prominently in all courses.

For dance teachers and choreographers, it is equally essential to understand the training backgrounds of actors and singers in order to ensure movement is sympathetically created to encompass vocal requirements. Therefore, voice and acting pedagogies are integral to the curriculum.

While workshop participants will not be expected to develop advanced skills outside their own areas, they should come out with an awareness of the physical requirements and technical language of related disciplines, and enough practical experience to communicate across boundaries.




Four 90-minute sessions, with optional master class in the evening:

  1. Voice (including singing)/Movement Integration
  2. General Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology
  3. Speech/Dialects; Prose/Poetic/Dramatic Text
  4. Basic Dance Techniques; Voice/Dance Integration

Evening classes include:

  • Integrative Research/Practical Applications
  • Performance Coaching



Four 90-minute sessions each day, with optional master class in the evening:

  1. Foundational Aspects of Vocal Techniques
  2. General Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology
  3. Speech, IPA, Physicality of Language
  4. Classical Dance Technique

Evening class: Integrative Research & Practical Applications


  1. Techniques for Extended Voice Use
  2. Anatomy of the Pelvis, Trunk & Respiration
  3. Verse, Scansion, Classical Texts
  4. Contemporary/Jazz Techniques

Evening class: Performance Coaching



Once booking is complete, you will receive a list of recommended reading.



Please contact Joan Melton at or Jennie Morton at if you have questions or need additional information. 



Booking requests should be sent to, along with a Statement addressing the following questions:

  1. What, specifically, would you like participants to be able to do as a result of taking the workshop?
  2. What are their strengths as performers, teachers, coaches, and/or therapists?
  3. What areas do you want participants to explore and/or strengthen: e.g., musicianship, acting (training/experience), knowledge of anatomy/physiology, speech/dialects, basic dance terminology, vocal coaching in a variety of venues, experience with classical texts?
  4. How do you see participants benefiting over time as a result of being able to work in a more integrative way?



1-day Workshop - $1500 + Expenses

2-day Workshop - $2500 + Expenses 

Extended residences are also available. Please contact Joan Melton at for details.



Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS, is a pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice/movement training for the actor. The author of two major textbooks, 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 major research projects in the US and Australia. Visit her website at


Jennie Morton, BSc (Hons), Osteopathy, began her career as a ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre and continues to sing professionally. She is now an osteopath specializing in treating performers and works with The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine in London and the Performing Arts Medicine Association in the US. Jennie assisted in creating the syllabus for the MSc Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London where she is an Honorary Lecturer. She provides lectures and workshops internationally on healthy practice for performing artists, and has developed a new training program in voice and dance technique integration for musical theatre. Jennie is the founder of