Melanie Drake - Voice Coach


Mel Drake - Picture by Richard Campbell


Trained at:

The Central School of Speech and Drama (MA Voice)
Queen Margaret College (3 Year Diploma in Acting)
Moray House Teacher Training Edinburgh (Post Graduate Certificate of Education)
Leicester University (BA Honours Drama/English)

Member of: 

The International Centre for Voice 
Voice Care Network


Mel Drake is a professional Voice Coach and holds an MA in Voice Studies from The Central School of Speech and Drama.
She is a fully qualified Drama teacher and Professional Actress training at Moray House Edinburgh and Queen Margaret College respectively. She was also awarded a BA (Honours) in English and Drama by Leicester University. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority.

Mel has previously taught at a number of leading drama schools and training centres including, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD), the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), 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 (Edinbutgh)

Her recent production work has included: The Tron Young Company (Sheep) Martin O'Connor, Tron Glasgow/Traverse Edinburgh. Glasgow Life (Emancipation Acts) Alan McKendrick, Merchant City. Tron Community Theatre (Under Milk Wood) Gareth Nicholls, Tron Glasgow. Tightlaced Theatre (I {Promise I shall not play Billiards) Jen McGregor, Edinburgh Netherbow. Cygnet Training Theatre, (Touched) New Theatre, Exeter. Production support for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is extensive and includes: (Festen) Tron Theatre Maggie Kinloch/John Kazek. (Edward II/Henry IV) RCS Gordon Barr. (Our House) RCS Joe Douglas. (13) Tron Theatre, Ben Harrison. (Godspell) Dennistoun New Parish Church Andy McGregor. (Coriolanus/Burial at Thebes/Tis Pity she's a Whore) RCS Gareth Nicholls.

Mel has worked wth many leading voice practitioners including Cicely Berry, Barbara Houseman, Kristin Linklater, Christina Shewell, Frankie Armstrong, Vayu Naidu, Jacquie Crago and primarily Nadine George.
She 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 subsequently being 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, BSL interpreters and to students on the Performing Arts Colleges at Dundee and Glasgow Clyde Colleges.

Most recently Mel has taught on the BA Performance course at the RCS and co presented (with Rita McDade) A Tale of Two Cultures (PechaKucha) within the Scottish Parliament for Scottish Innovation 2017 and for Culture Republic, Developing D/Deaf Cultural Engagement at Glasgow Film Theatre.Mel was recently invited to run a Masterclass for the Interpreter Performance Training Project hosted by Solar Bear in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland, Birds of Paradise and Access Scotland venues.

Internationally Mel has run a Masterclass weekend in Malta (National Music School, Hammrun)

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 (Teacher's Voices Inspiring or Expiring?) 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.

Mel has directed over thirty productions for schools and youth groups as well as running Act 1 Sing 2, her own Youth Theatre Group.

As an actress Mel has worked in Theatre, TV and Film.

(Photo: Richard Campbell)