Musical Theatre Dept.
Speech and Diction
A pioneer in the integration of singing techniques and voice/movement training for the actor, Joan Melton is a leading researcher in cross-disciplinary performance techniques and cofounder of One Voice Centre for Integrative Studies. She is 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, 2nd ed. (Waveland, 2012), with Kenneth Tom, Ph.D., and Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors (Allworth, 2007).
Currently an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre, Joan trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, holds a doctorate from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and has a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from the University of Mississippi, Oxford. A child prodigy as a classical pianist, she continued to perform in solo recitals and with orchestras throughout her youth. She has taught at leading drama and music centers in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, and has been a performer, vocal coach, and/or music director on productions in virtually all media. She is a published composer, a master teacher of the Fitzmaurice approach to theater voice training, and Emeritus Professor of Theatre, California State University, Fullerton.
Since 2007, Joan has led exploratory research projects in the U.K., Australia, and the U.S., focusing on breath management strategies of elite vocal performers across a wide range of performance genres. She is on the editorial board of Australian Voice, journal of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS), and was Associate Editor, Singing, of the Voice and Speech Review, journal of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).