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BRAVA joins prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)

Updated: Jan 19, 2022

We're proud to announce that we have joined the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) today, to train students in the art and business of voiceover.

Referred to as ‘one of the best performing arts schools in the world’ by lead patron, Sir Paul McCartney, and co-founded by McCartney and Founder, Mark Featherstone-Witty, LIPA is a higher education institute for performers and those who make performance possible.

BRAVA was founded in the midst of the global pandemic by internationally renowned voice actor, Melissa Thom, and has gone from strength to strength, working with individual actors, non-actors, students and drama schools across the UK and beyond. Melissa has lived and worked as a voice actor in the UK and US and has voiced for clients including Google, Amazon, Global, Bauer, UNICEF & indie record label, Late Night Tales. She has also lent her voice to video games including Grand Theft Auto V & The Elder Scrolls Online.

BRAVA will work closely with LIPA students currently in the final year of the BA Acting (Screen & Digital Media) degree programme. Using her extensive industry knowledge, Melissa will be building on their previous voice work and developing their skills. Using a range of topics, including performance theory and technique, business and marketing, branding and demos, Melissa will also show them how to make the most of the opportunities the commercial voiceover industry offers.

BRAVA Founder & Director, Melissa Thom, said:

“I am thrilled that BRAVA is joining LIPA – one of the best performing arts schools in the world – to help train their talented Acting students in the art and business of voice acting. We look forward to working with students at LIPA to help them add voice acting to their skillset and enter the industry as working professionals.

This appointment also has personal resonance for me: my late father, Ashley Thom, attended the school in its former incarnation as the Liverpool Institute for Boys, where he was close friends with George Harrison and often spoke of those days with great fondness. It feels like life has come full circle and I can’t wait to visit LIPA in person, meet the students and get a sense of my father’s Liverpudlian childhood. He would be so proud.”

LIPA said:

“We are really looking forward to welcoming BRAVA to LIPA, where Melissa will work with our Year 3 students on the BA Acting (Screen and Digital Media) this term. She’ll be sharing advice on how to successfully hone their voice skills in order to build sustainable careers, along with invaluable business and marketing support, and no doubt a fair few industry anecdotes.’”

To find out more about working with BRAVA, please email

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