Singing is the most joyful form of expression!
My philosophy is that every voIce is uniquely beautiful, and every singer has a different path to his or her full potential, but regardless of the path, singing that is based in joyful expression is the most satisfying. I look forward to working with you to sing to your heart out!
We will begin by discussing your goals, whether it be to nail a callback, prepare yourself for college, or sing confidently in front of friends and family (or in the shower!). I believe that a good, healthy technique will allow you to soar in whatever kind of singing pleases you.
Mary is an accomplished singer, teacher, actor, producer, pianist and voice-over artist. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre, a classical company dedicated to a joyful and dynamic theatrical process, and the founder of Joyful Singing Studios (joyful-singing.com).
Mary holds a BA in Music (vocal performance) from Duke University and an MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University's Academy for Classical Acting.
She has worked with an array of exceptional teachers and coaches including Chrissellene Petropolous (DC), Katja Kullander (NYC), Justin Stoney (NYC), Elizabeth Linnartz (NC), Marion Johnson Healy (DE).
Mary has performed across the country in roles such as Maria in West Side Story, Amalia in She Loves Me, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, and Emily in Our Town.
Ms. Candler is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, The New York Singing Teachers Association, and League of Professional Theatre Women.
• Founded an ensemble-based classical theatre company
• Nurtured artists through training and mentorship
• Produced Mainstage productions, readings and workshops
Polished audition pieces for students who successfully booked roles
• Provided feedback on monologues
• Guided actors to fulfill their potential
• Performed regionally and in New York City (see bio for favorite roles) in lead roles
• Created an engaging curriculum
• Developed enthusiasm and love of the classics
• Led exercises and games to build confidence
• Served as music director for college productions of Pippin, You’re a Good Man Charlie
Brown, and The Last Five Years.
• Taught music to young singers
• Acted as liaison between orchestra and vocalists
• Led all music rehearsals
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Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.