“Rob Meldrum possesses all the hallmarks of a great teacher: he is perspicacious, rigorous, and loving”
– Lindy Davies, Actress, Teacher, Director and Former Head of Drama at The Victorian College of The Arts
Rob has worked in theatre for 40 years, as an actor , director and teacher. As an actor he was a member of the APG collective at the Pram Factory, Carlton, and went on to work as a freelance actor with all the major theatre companies, including Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Playbox, the South Australia Theatre Company and Bell Shakespeare, where he was an ensemble member for three years. His work has encompassed everything from Moliere’s The Misanthrope for STC to Ibsen’s Miss Julie for MTC with lots of Shakespeare in between. He has been thrice nominated for a Green Room Award and was part of the cast that won Best Ensemble in 1998 for Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues. Rob’s teaching practice has developed from his training as a voice teacher with Rowena Balos, and subsequent laboratory work with Rex Cramphorn, Jenny Kemp, Renato Cuocolo, Robert Draffin and Lindy Davies, as well as 8 years as a lecturer in acting in the Drama School at The Victorian College of the Arts. He has also directed at both a collegiate and professional level, as well as devising his own work. Aside from this he narrates audio books for Bolinda.
I work constantly with two major focuses:
- that you are being breathed, and therefore in the moment.
- that you are deeply engaged with the words you are speaking.
The first implies release and the second, research and then receptivity, together they enable the transformative action of language to mould and shape the voice into a living breathing character, un-judged and uninhibited. The rest is play.
“The mental effort the actor must make in taking the printed word and transforming it into the spoken word is to still the clamor of the rational brain and give the word time for the image of print to dissolve and transmute into the non-verbal images, feelings, states of being, desires, and memories that lie beneath.” – Kristin Linklater from her seminal text Freeing the Natural Voice