1st Edition

Voice and Identity

Edited By Rockford Sansom Copyright 2025
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    Voice and Identity draws from the knowledge and expertise of leading figures to explore the evolving nature of voice training in the performing arts. The authors in this international collection look through both practical and theoretical lenses as they connect voice studies to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and to gender and gender diversity.

    The book offers chapters that focus on practical tools and tips for voice teachers, and the text also includes chapters that give rich social, cultural, and theoretical discussions that are both academic and accessible, with a particular focus on gender diverse, gender non-binary, transgender, and inclusionary voice research.

    Offering interdisciplinary insights from voice practitioners and scholars from the disciplines of actor training, singing, public speaking, voice science, communication, philosophy, women’s studies, Indigenous studies, gender studies, and sociology, this book will be a key resource for practitioners and researchers engaged in these fields. The chapters in this book were originally published in the Voice and Speech Review journal.

    Introduction: Voice and Identity
    Rockford Sansom

    1. Best Practices for Vocal Pedagogy with Gender Diverse People
    David Azula and Lisa Quoresimo


    2. An Interdisciplinary Approach to Gender Affirming Voice Training
    Colleen Conroy, Owen Karcher and Kevin Pasternak

    3. Avoiding Vocal Blackface: Combating Identity-Ignorant Practices of Stereotyping Voices for Entertainment
    Adriano Cabral


    4. Practicing Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Singing Voice Studio

    Elizabeth Ann Benson, Trineice Robinson-Martin and Marisa Lee Naismith


    5. To T or Not to T: The Transmasculine Singing Voice on Hormone Replacement Therapy

    Felix Graham


    6. Estill Voice Training and the Gender Non-binary Singer

    Valerie Accetta


    7. Finding Grace: A Singing Teacher’s Journey with Her First Transgender Student
    CJ Greer


    8. Strategies for Guiding Actors’ Accent and Linguistic Needs in the Twenty-First Century
    Joy Lanceta Coronel, Jacqueline Springfield and Joshua Feliciano-Sanchez Moser


    9. Accent and Language Training for the Indigenous Performer: Results of Four Focus Groups

    Eric Armstrong, Shannon Vickers, Katie German and Elan Marchinko


    10. Coaching Asian Actors and Asian Accents with Cultural Sensitivity

    Joy Lanceta Coronel


    11. Voice Praxis: Social Positionality in UK Spoken Word Practice
    Jane Boston


    12. Toward Intervocality: Linklater, the Body, and Contemporary Feminist Theory

    Ann J. Cahill and Christine Hamel


    13. Vox Populi, Vox Dei (The Voice of the People is the Voice of God)

    Wesley Enoch


    Rockford Sansom, PhD, is a voice teacher and communication coach. For seven years, he was the Editor of the Voice and Speech Review. His book publications include The History of Voice Pedagogy, Vocal Traditions, and Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices (2nd ed).