Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Janet Rodgers


There are many excellent books detailing methods to help actors develop their voices, but not much has been published about vocal coaching itself, apart from the definitive guide to Vocal Coaching Nan-Withers Wilson’s book Vocal Direction for the Theatre, and the highly informative publication How to Use a Vocal Coach: A Practical Guide for Directors prepared by Nancy Houfek, for the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA). This thesis documents my personal journey into the world of vocal coaching in five productions. Specifically, I explore the differences between vocal coaching in the university setting versus the professional theatre setting. I describe the steps I took to prepare for productions, the influences that guided me, and the invaluable discoveries I made along the way.


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VCU University Archives

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VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

May 2012

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