evolution of a coach

“I grew up singing every single day of my life and getting paid to do so from very early on. I started at the ripe old age of six as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and have been having a blast ever since.

I have performed in over 50 musicals and plays, soloed in hundreds of concerts and was even given the honor of performing “Boy from New York City” for then Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo. I also began recording children‘s albums as a kid. I continued working in the studio into adulthood.

At first it was pure instinct and a gift that I enjoyed. Then I began studying seriously and discovered the craft. I also trained as an actress both in the U. S. (graduating from Sarah Lawrence College) and in London (The British American Drama Academy).

I got my Equity card right out of college. I toured in a musical revue of Broadway shows in Germany (it seems I got there right after a little known performer named Jennifer Lopez finished her leg of the tour!). In the show, I played such diverse roles as Maria in West Side Story (singing “Tonight”), Eponine in Les Miserables (singing “On My Own”), Christine in Phantom of the Opera (singing “All I Ask of You”) and Grizabella in Cats (singing “Memory”).

Immediately following that gig, I toured in Nunsense with Georgia Engel. Once I landed in New York City, I began performing my own cabaret shows. These include a wider variety of song selections – from jazz, pop rock, standards, classical to musical theatre. I started working behind the scenes as well, directing, producing and writing.

I had the great pleasure to be the New York Producer and General Manager of Schoolhouse Rock Live! (an adaptation of the ABC Emmy-Award winning cartoon). It was a hit and we ran the show Off-Broadway for a year before opening it up to national tours and regional productions. Now every state in the country can boast of some incarnation of the show at their local schools and/or theatres.

I am CEO and President of my own entertainment company which creates and produces innovative products in publishing, film, and television.

But most significantly, I have had a private vocal coaching practice for over 20 years and have taught at several acting schools including NYU. Also, as a director and producer, I have been on the opposite end of the spectrum, discovering how to optimize auditions, rehearsals and performances from that perspective.

Why did I start teaching? I was already busy, busy, busy with several projects at once. But numerous audience members began approaching me after performances asking if I would teach them how to sing. I always demurred, saying I didn‘t have the time. The truth was it just never occurred to me to examine what I did in order to assist others to do it as well. Eventually enough people were asking me that I started to wonder. What exactly was it that made everyone so happy and excited to hear me perform?

Then I started using Julia Cameron‘s book The Artist’s Way with a very diverse group. It is a lovely tool for discovering lost parts of your creativity or redefining what you want to do and be in your life. I was amazed when every single person spoke with great longing for the ability to sing, to sing more, to sing better.

I was even more astounded by how many of them felt that they couldn‘t do it. I was suddenly struck with a question. Is it true? Can only some people sing and others cannot? I have to admit, when I started teaching, I wasn‘t sure.

My practice built very quickly. I started with small groups, moved into private coaching sessions and eventually added performing arts schools from young performers to graduate level drama students.

And now, I can safely say, without any hesitation, after working with students from age 8-80. From Broadway performers to Christmas carolers. From the supposedly tone deaf to the actually blind. From the folk singing guitarist to the Marilyn Monroe impersonator. From people who want to learn a wedding song for that special occasion to the ones who want to sing karaoke well, just once in their lives…

Of course they can sing!”

 

 

Director, writer, producer, and performer