MS Geraldine Cook-Dafner

MS Geraldine Cook-Dafner


  • Voice/speech/actor training/hearing impaired



  • Dr Geraldine Cook-Dafner is an Honorary Senior Fellow in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has held positions in the School of Performing Arts, (Victorian College of the Arts), Head of Theatre and Head Voice (VCA) and has 25 years experience as a teacher, actor and youth theatre director in London and Melbourne. She trained at Middlesex University in London where she completed a degree in drama and education and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed a Licentiate in Voice and Speech. Her training was further augmented under Patsy Rodenburg (RSC), Prunella Scales and Cicely Berry (RSC) in London. Geraldine holds a Doctor of Education and a Masters in Education from the University of Melbourne. In London she worked as a drama teacher and director with youth theatres on community and education based productions, at the Half Moon and Curtain Theatres.
    After coming to Melbourne, Geraldine developed, implemented and taught community based performance training for the TAFE system at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE and Swinburne University & TAFE and inaugurated a training company developing theatre in education productions for people with disabilities.

    Geraldine's professional practice includes working as a voice and communications consultant for the corporate and government sectors, specialising in working with people from a non-English speaking background. She specialises in accents and dialects and is an Australian associate editor for the accent and dialect website located at Kansas University. Geraldine works as a vocal/dialect and text coach for the Melbourne Theatre Company where she has worked on over 20 productions, Malthouse Theatre, Red Stitch, Eleventh Hour, ABC and SBS and her most recent film work included Ned Kelly and &Van Diemens Land. Geraldine has performed in productions at La Mama, Universal, Atheneum and Anthill. Recent voice-over work has i   


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2007 Australian Research Council Grant 2200-2008  "Vocal Empowerment: Researching the effect of actor voice training on young people with cochlear implants and hearing aids".
    Chief Investigators:  Professor Richard Dowell, Dept. of Otololaryngology, UOM; Geraldine Cook, School of Drama, Victorian College of the Arts,UOM;
    Associate Professor Jim Patrick, Cochlear Ltd. (Partner Investigator)

    2011 Major Bid Development Grant ($15,000), University of Melbourne
    2012 Research Collaboration Grant (19,980), University of Melbourne
    2012 Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society ($39,180)   


Education and training

  • D.Ed, University of Melbourne 2016
  • M.Ed, University of Melbourne 2000
  • LGSMD, Guildhall School of Music and Drama 1996
  • BA,B.Ed, Middlesex University 1978

Awards and honors

  • Awarded $10,000 from the Cochlear Foundation to establish an developmental framework for rehabiliation strategies for hearing impaired young adults, Cochlear Ltd. (Australia), 2010
  • Vocal Empowerment: Researching the effect of actor vocal training on young adults with cochlear implants and hearing aids$150,000, Australian Research Council, 2006
  • $6000 used award to do advanced study in dialect, working with internationally renowned dialect theatre and film coaches in the UK, Teaching Excellence Award, 2006



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Geraldine's field of expertise lies in applied theatre, actor vocal training pedagogy, community based practice.