Mary B Phillips Singing, Acting & Audition Coach
Mary B Phillips Singing, Acting & Audition Coach

Mary B Phillips Singing, Acting & Audition Coach

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Introduction: Note: Do to the fact that singing has been proven to be one of the ways COVID 19 is spread, I am only teaching online for the duration of the pandemic. I am a Tony nominated voice, acting and audition coach who has appeared in over a dozen plays and musicals on and Off Broadway in shows including "1776" (Martha Jefferson) and "Annie" (Grace Farrell) and my own musical "Cradle Song". I was a featured soloist in Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Academy of Music, and the Metropolitan Opera and featured vocalist in Oscar winning composer Michel LeGrand's American tour. I have been teaching beginning, intermediate and professional students for over fifteen years and love doing it! I have an MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at N.Y.U and studied voice in NYC with legendary Sue Seton and later with Felix Knight, opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera. The technique and vocal exercises I use are a combination of the world class training methods of these two great teachers which prepares the voice and body for everything from eight shows a week in the theatre to the arduous vocal challenge of a rock tour. In addition to my studio in Croton on Hudson, I also teach over Skype and have successfully coached students into college and university theatre departments and professional theatre schools from London to California. As an actor, I was lucky enough to have worked with some gifted directors (Gordon Davidson, Mike Nichols, Peter Hunt and Allen Schneider to mention a few) and almost everything I know about directing and coaching actors, I learned from them. I was also fortunate enough to study with Sanford Meisner (creator of the Meisner Technique) and have taught his technique for years. I try to keep an atmosphere of support and exploration in my lessons so that my students will feel free to try anything, use their imaginations and not be afraid of making a fool of themselves. If you don't risk, you cannot grow. FIFTEEN YEARS EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFULLY COACHING STUDENTS INTO NYU, EMERSON, CARNEGIE MELLON, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE, ELON, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ARTS, UNIV. OF MICHIGAN, MUHLENBURG, SUNY PURCHASE, BRISTOL OLD VIC THEATRE SCHOOL, U.S.C, PACE AND OTHERS. Former students have appeared on and Off Broadway and on “Thirty Rock”, “Gilmore Girls”, “Law and Order”, "Orange Is The New Black", "Law And Order SUV", "Blue Bloods", "Criminal Minds", The Marvelous Mrs Maisel" and others. “Ms. Phillips is able to reach not only those students who are already excited about theater but inspire those who have no previous knowledge of it. To watch these young actors become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. Ms. Phillips inspired them all.” Mark St Germain…Obie winning playwright It's very exciting to see the growth in vocal strength and range which comes from studying with a good teacher and equally wonderful to see what participating in an acting class can do for a young student in terms of confidence, poise and self discovery. A teenager who is shy and awkward socially can shine on the stage or come alive when singing a song. I have been told by several parents that I changed their son or daughter's life and there is nothing more rewarding than hearing that.

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Zoe W.

Singing Lessons

Mary is awesome! She has so much experience and knowledge, and you really feel in good hands working with her. Gives great feedback and I love lessons with her!
Apr 18, 2018
Amanda W.

Singing Lessons

I loved that she was very patient with me and repeated everything multiple times. It prevented me from getting frustrated. I felt like she valued my time. She is very nice and has many good stories to tell; her experience in the field of singing and acting, plus being a voice teacher, makes her a great pick!
Jul 23, 2017
Sehee L.

Singing Lessons (for adults)

Mary is very good at what she does. She customizes the lessons best fit for your range and level. I was always self conscious about my voice but she helped me open my diaphragm and see that voice can be strong. Such a personable and fun teacher.
Jul 4, 2016
Maria A.

Singing Lessons

She is just want my granddaughter needs. Professional,sense of humor, a great teacher! My granddaughter left her with a smile on her face and is always looking forward to returning for her lessons. We are grateful to have found her...👍👍
May 8, 2016
Lisa S.

Singing Lessons

Mary Bracken Phillips is reviewing monologues with my daughter for her college auditions. My daughter looks forward to every time she has a lesson with Mary , since she perfects her acting craft.
Oct 4, 2014
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge sixty five dollars an hour on Skype or in person, but also give forty five minute lessons for fifty five dollars.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I take students at all levels from beginning to developing professional singers and actors and work with students from twelve years of age and up.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    BFA Theatre/Voice University of Kansas MFA Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program NYU Tisch School of the Arts Reinhardt Seminar, Vienna Austria, Acting Study Second City, Chicago: Improv. Professional Acting Class: Sanford Meisner BMI Workshop NYC. Arthur Storch NYC: Professional Scene Study Sue Seton NYC: voice Felix Knight NYC: voice Member: SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity, AGMA

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