Mel Drake is a Lecturer in Voice at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She trained as an actress at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh and gained a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from Moray House Institute.
Mel has previously taught at a number of leading drama schools and training centres including, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (A.L.R.A), Cygnet Training Theatre (Exeter), Identity School of Acting (London), Caravanserai Actor’s Studio (London), The Centre (Woolwich), CPA Studios (Romford), King’s College London, King Street College Shepherd’s Bush, The London School of English, Edinburgh Lyceum Youth Theatre, The Millennium Dance Centre (London), WHALE Arts Centre (Edinburgh) and at the I.S.T.A summer workshop 2013.
Mel has worked with many leading voice practitioners including Cicely Berry, Barbara Houseman, Kristin Linklater, Christina Shewell, Frankie Armstrong, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Vayu Naidu and Jacquie Crago.
Her recent production work has included The Tron Young Company (Tron Theatre) Martin O’Connor, 13 Emancipation Acts (Glasgow Life/Merchant City) Alan McKendrick, Under Milk Wood (Tron Theatre) Gareth Nicholls, I Promise I Shall Not Play Billiards (Tightlaced Theatre) Jen McGregor and Touched (Cygnet Training Theatre).
Mel is an accredited teacher of Nadine George Voice Work (the chosen practice within the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) being introduced to the work by Professor Ros Steen in 2008 and was subsequently invited to participate in her first Voice Studio International workshop with Nadine George. Mel has continued to explore the work introducing it to clients in the business sector, teachers/lecturers, doctors, barristers, motivational speakers, members of the public and to students on the Performing Arts courses at Dundee and Angus and Glasgow Clyde Colleges. In 2013 Mel contributed to Growing Voices, a publication examining the influence and evolution of the Nadine George Voice Work in Training and Performance.
Mel’s research work has included an investigation into vocal fatigue with classroom teachers. She has also examined pedagogical styles in the search for a ‘free and embodied voice’. Mel was research assistant to Professor Ros Steen on Earthing the Electric in collaboration with The National Theatre of Scotland and The Centre for Voice in Performance.