Mary Phillips

Mary P.

Croton on Hudson, NY

About Mary P.

Mary teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: January 1997
Last sign in: 3 days ago


Mary is a Tony nominated writer, actress, and teacher whose Broadway credits include Martha Jefferson in "1776" and Grace Farrell in "Annie". She was a starring soloist In Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Kennedy Center and the Metropolitan Opera and toured as featured vocal with Michel LeGand in concerts including Carnegie Hall. Off Broadway credits include her own musical, “Cradle Song”. Former Head of Drama at the Wooster School in Danbury CT, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing young and adult actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on Thirty Rock€, Gilmore Girls€, Law and Order€ and others. She will help pick your material, improve your vocal technique, and coach your song and or monologue beat by beat until you are connected not only to the music, but to the text as well. She has a BA in theatre/voice from the University of Kansas where she serves on the Advisory Board For the Department of Theatre and Film and has an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she is a guest lecturer. She is a member of AEA, SAG/AFTRA, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild. "Ms. Mary 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 men and women become more and more accomplished is a marvelous thing. She inspired them all."...Mark St. Germain, Obie winning playwright.

*** Lesson Details ***
In a one hour lesson, we will spend twenty five minutes on vocal exercises designed to teach support and placement. Having performed leads on and Off Broadway, I know that without good technique you can't do eight shows a week, do back to back sets in a nightclub or cabaret or tour as a pop or rock singer. The second half of the lesson is spent on songs. As an acting as well as vocal coach, I focus on dramatics as well as musical interpretation. A singer must be connected to the words as well as the music. I hope to teach you to love singing as much as I do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
casio keyboard, speakers, desk, extensive library of scripts and sheet music, internet

*** Specialties ***
pop and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance

Photos and Videos

Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" with Mary B Phillips, Leonard Bernstein and cast of "Mass". Kennedy Center, Washington DC



Sep 1990 - Jun 1992
New York University

BA Theatre/Voice

Sep 1964 - Jun 1970
University of Kansas

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


NEA Development Grant

Apr 2003
National Endowment For The Arts

San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award

Jun 2002
Bay Area Critics Circle

San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award

Jun 1998
Bay Area Critics Circle

Tony Nomination "Best Score"

May 1992
Antoinette Perry Awards


Broadcast Music Inc.

Apr 1992

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

American Guild of Musical Artists

Aug 1971

An American labor union that represents 8,000 current and retired opera singers, ballet and other dancers, opera directors, backstage production personnel at opera and dance companies, and figure skaters.

Actors' Equity Association

Jul 1971

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.

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

Jan 1970

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

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9 Reviews on Mary P.

Alexa W. Jun 22, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nice teacher, looking forward to the next lesson.
Maggie Jun 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Mary Phillips is excellent! I highly recommend her. Her knowledge of technique and her ability to explain it's proper applications helped my daughter improve not only her vocal quality but her range. Mary also worked on building her self confidence and attitude. I've notice a significant improvement in her approach to auditions. She is less nervous and more confident in her skills. We had a hard time trying to find an instructor who values someone with a lower range. I wish we had found her earlier!
Harper Mar 25, 2016
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Mary was an absolute godsend! I started lessons with her to help prepare for college theatre auditions. I was so overwhelmed with the whole process and didn't even know where to begin picking monologues and songs. Mary helped me so much by sending different monologues that she thought would fit and we would go from there. She was always there to answer any questions I had, and I had a lot! She is patient and encouraging and our lessons were always a lot of fun but I also learned so much! I also took voice lessons from Mary and in doing so, my voice has greatly improved and so has my confidence. I just finished all of my auditions and I truly could not have done this without her. I couldn't recommend her more!
David D. Jan 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is wonderfully patient and convivial. I'm pretty much a beginner at lessons, and she's found a way to explain to me technique exercises such that each week, my body understands more, and I feel progress. In responding to my singing, she has not been a perfection czar -- she zeroes in on the most important concern at the moment. While she's extremely knowledgeable about and experienced in musical theater, she can help singers with pop as well. I'm enjoying our lessons. She has boosted my confidence while it's quite evident how much I should improve. Her pricing is also reasonable -- no small thing.
Vadim K. Nov 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is a wonderful teacher and Emily absolutely loves her voice lessons!
Steven O. Aug 3, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
If you're looking to dive into the waters of musical theater, look no further. Mary brings to her teaching years of professional experience working with some of Broadway's greats. Whether you're interested in developing vocal technique or learning how to deliver a monologue effectively, Mary can help you out. She's also very supportive and knows how to get the best from her students.
Kristi C. Apr 8, 2014
Singing Lessons

As a first time voice student, I had no idea what to expect. I have been very nervous in music lessons as an adult. Mary is so friendly, fun and knowledgeable and I feel she knows her craft. Lessons are enjoyable and I am not nervous, and feel comfortable even though I am such a novice.
Linda M. Apr 3, 2014
Verified Student

As a first time voice student, I had no idea what to expect. I have been very nervous in music lessons as an adult. Mary is so friendly, fun and knowledgeable and I feel she knows her craft. Lessons are enjoyable and I am not nervous, and feel comfortable even though I am such a novice.
Daniel R. Apr 3, 2014
Verified Student
Couldn't Sing Her Praises At A Higher Volume

If you are striving to be the best singer you can I recommend Mary without reservation. First, she has the creds. She has many years of education, both academically and "in the field" behind her. Second, her techniques are established as amongst the best.
What makes her a good teacher, though, is her ability to assess her student and modify her lessons to suit the individual person.
I've taken 5 lessons with her and in that time, I feel confident that I can strengthen and train my singing voice to its full potential.
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