Dionne Draper Head of Music and Singing
Head of Music and Singing, Dionne Draper

Dionne Draper

Head of Music and Singing


Biography

Dionne is a professional actress, singer and composer. She has recently completed an MA in Popular Music Practice at BIMM in 2021. Dionne combines contemporary music and theatre practice with British Voice Association training, to teach students a diverse repertoire of musical theatre.

In 2019, Dionne began a successful Arts Council England UK tour of her one-woman semi-autobiographical musical, ‘DAWTA’. A funny, moving show, exploring race, identity and belonging, it debuted at Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment Fortnight. Since 2020, Dionne has worked with BOVTS students in the research and development of DAWTA, developing new techniques in composition as a cultural practice.

Dionne founded her music production company Sing With Soul in 2016 with the mission to empower female voices through music, song and spoken word, winning awards for her choir compositions; including the Lord Mayors Medal (2019), Women of the West (2019) and the BME Powerlist (2018). TV credits include Channel 4’s The Cure, Sky 1’s Trollied and BBC 1’s Holby City. Acting credits include Little Shop Of Horrors, Othello, Crowning Glory and Talking in Tongues (Missing Pieces).

Dionne says of her role at BOVTS: “My work is to take each student on a journey which equips them with safe and effective techniques to understand how they sing and how to nurture their instrument. My aim is to teach each student to approach singing with preparation, vision and commitment to achieve the results they want.”

 

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice