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Born in Queens and raised in Tokyo, Japan, I started performing at the age of nine. I made my stage debut in the ensemble of Tokyo Theatre for Children’s production of Cinderella where my mother played the Stepmother and my father was also in the ensemble. Upon moving back to the U.S. in the eighth grade, I started performing in my school’s shows in Northport, NY. By the end of my junior year, I made the decision that I wanted to pursue a degree in theatre. After my freshman year in The Ohio State University’s Bachelor of Arts program, I decided she wanted to dive deeper and transferred to The University of Arizona where I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre in December 2011. At the U of A, I had the privilege of playing my dream role of Anne Frank as well as Marcy Park in Spelling Bee and Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. I was also a proud member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. During my college years, I worked each summer with Texas Family Musicals and RWS & Associates.
After graduation, I made the big move to NYC. I lived in the city for about three months before receiving my second contract with RWS & Associates as Company Manager at Idlewild & Soak Zone in Ligonier, PA.
After my contract with Idlewild & Soak Zone I plan to continue my career as a performer and cannot wait to see what is in store for my future.
As you can see I have a great deal of experience and expertise in many areas, and I look forward to sharing all of this and more with my students.
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My biggest goal with my students is that I want them to feel confident and I want them to have fun.
For my singing students, I think learning music theory and growing an appreciation for the classics are extremely important, but it's also important to sing the songs you want to sing! Once we've sung through and mastered a song I pick for you, I have you pick a song for us to work on.
For beginning singing students, I will thoroughly go over the basics of breath and music theory and for more advanced students, I will go through style and performance techniques.
I would also like students to know that although I am able to play basic piano, I cannot fully accompany my students. I like to utilize tapes and CD's and am able to have the songs their singing recorded by a professional accompanist for an extra fee.
For my acting students, I also think that learning the classics is just as important as studying modern pieces. We will go through all the fundamentals in learning a monologue and I will help your child develop a great monologue repertoire!
I specialize in college audition coaching. Thinking about majoring in theatre but don’t know where to start? Don’t know which schools to apply to and what the difference between BA and BFA programs are? Well I’m here to help! I applied to over 15 schools and know all the ins and outs and do’s and don’ts of college auditions. I offer a comprehensive one on one program where I’ll help you choose schools to apply to, help you put applications together, and coach you in each and every aspect of the audition.
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For singing students, I will provide warm-up tapes for free and can provide piano tracks for songs they're singing for an extra fee. I would prefer my students have a piano or keyboard, and if not, access to practice rooms or music rooms in their school.
For acting students, I will provide all the materials needed. Students may choose to purchase their own monologue books or plays.
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I specialize in college audition prep for high school juniors and seniors. In addition to song prep, I also do monologue prep and help with college applications.