Mary Phillips
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Mary Phillips

Mary P.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Broadway Credits include:

"Annie"...Grace Farrel...Broadway Company
"Different Times...Abbie...Original Broadway
Co.
"Hurry Harry"...Female Lead...Original Broadway Co.
"1776"... Martha Jefferson...Broadway Company
"Mass" (Leonard Bernstein)...Featured soloist,
Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Opera.

About Mary P.

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". She studied voice with the great Sue Seton and later with opera star and tenor coach at the Metropolitan Opera, Felix Knight. She teaches a combination of both their legendary techniques. As an actor, she studied acting with Sanford Meisner in NYC, the Rheinhardt Seminar in Vienna, Austria and has been teaching and directing beginning, intermediate and professionsl singers and actors for over fifteen years. Former students have appeared on "Thirty Rock", Gilmore Girls", "Law and Order", "Orange Is The New Black", "Law And Order SUV", "Blue Bloods" "Criminal Minds", "The Charming Mrs. Maisel", on and Off Broadway and others. Her goal in working with her students is not only to teach healthy vocal technique, but in keeping with her theatre background, her strong belief that "Every song is a scene or monologue" leads her to make sure the student know what they are singing or speaking about, and can do so with a clarity of emotion and dramatic intent.
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, BMI, AGMA and The Dramatists Guild.
"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, rock and musical theatre singing
college and theatre auditions/monologues and song performance

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Amy
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Mary is a lively, voluble person with enormous experience particularly in musical theater who enjoys working with students.
Initially and as the student moves along, Mary assesses talent and abilities and then continues to periodically reassess the learning in a manner that never ceases to amaze me. I have been working with Mary for six months and found her evaluations of my strengths and what I need to work on to be spot on every time.
What I esteem most is Mary's technical acumen, the techniques she learned from her teachers and mentors and her experience as a performer. Her keen ear and eye immediately pick out every nuance being sung that needs work. She answers questions about where "to go" in throat, mouth, tongue, torso, etc., demonstrating how to correctly produce the sounds, tones, and supported breathing in question. Voice teachers, of course, are supposed to do this. Mary does this superbly.
If you are seeking a teacher who knows her technique, especially in musical theater, I highly recommend Mary.

Posted Mar 14, 2018
Jason
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Hi Mary,
In my opinion, our session last night wasn't productive. My opinion is, you weren't really interested in teaching me. Out of the 60 minute session. I only did about 3 to 5 minutes of exercises. You spent 55 minutes talking about your past and present students, professional actors you know, show business, acting techniques and your accomplishments. You did talk about about the script that i would read and the emotion behind it, but that lead into more about your students and professional actors you know. it took you 30 minutes in your office to find that script, (which should have been done a head of time) then we went downstairs and another 25 minutes of talking before i could read it to you.

Towards the end when i finally spoke up about so much time being passed and nothing being done. You said you needed to see my personality so you can know where to start with me. That made no sense to me, how are you seeing my personality if you are the one mostly talking about your accomplishments and who you know and what you've done?
Why not pick a point and start there and see what my weak and strong points are? You also asked me the same questions you asked me on the phone, have you ever taken lessons before, why do you want to act, what do you do for work which to me just consumed more time.

What i found surprising and discouraging was when you asked me why would I take acting classes up here when there are some of the best acting schools in the world just an hour away in New York City? I wish you had said that to me over the phone before our meeting, I would reconsider taking lessons from you and just spend the extra money and go down to the city. If i were an instructor i would be grateful for anyone who sacrificed their time and money to come see me, and never ask why they chose me when there is better not that far away. With that said I have decided to cancel my remaining lessons with you please do not bill me any further.

Jason

PS Telling a person of color that they are a weird fit as a real estate agent in Croton N.Y, and would be a better fit in Brooklyn N.Y was discriminatory and offensive to me.

Posted Feb 7, 2018
Griffin Scott
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I found Mary on my search for an acting coach pertaining mostly to my upcoming drama school auditions. Her vast knowledge of this business is evident as well as her ability to help ground and craft your work. Each and every lesson was applicable towards my artistic pursuit. I consistently recommend her as a leading instructor in this field!

Posted Nov 17, 2017
Alexa W.
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Nice teacher, looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Jun 22, 2016
Maggie
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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!

Posted Jun 16, 2016
Harper L.
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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!

Posted Mar 25, 2016
David D.
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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.

Posted Jan 27, 2015
Vadim K.
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Mary is a wonderful teacher and Emily absolutely loves her voice lessons!

Posted Nov 6, 2014
Steven O.
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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.

Posted Aug 3, 2014
Kristi C.

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.

Posted Apr 8, 2014
Daniel R.

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.

Posted Apr 3, 2014
Linda M.

Wonderful

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.

Posted Apr 3, 2014

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Education

Musical Theatre
Sep 1994 - Jun 1996

BMI Workshop NYC

MFA
Sep 1990 - Jun 1992

New York University

BA Theatre/Voice
Sep 1964 - Jun 1970

University of Kansas

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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

Affiliations

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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