Lindsay Mendez was most recently seen on Broadway starring in Joshua Harmon’s highly-acclaimed new play, Significant Other. On Broadway, she starred as Elphaba in the smash hit, Wicked. Her time there included performances on The Today Show and The Katie Couric show, in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the production. She received a Drama Desk Nomination, Outer Critics Circle Nomination, and a Drama League nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her performance as Rose Fenny in the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight. Lindsay was one of the stars of the Broadway Revival of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre. In 2010, she was seen on Broadway as a Mennonette to Sherie Rene Scott in Roundabout’s Tony-nominated production of Everyday Rapture. She made her Broadway debut as Jan in the 2007 revival of Grease, directed by Kathleen Marshall. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in Dogfight (2nd Stage), Everyday Rapture (2nd Stage), Significant Other (Roundabout), and The Marvelous Wonderettes (West Side Theatre). Other favorite credits include: The Rose Tattoo (Williamstown Theater Festival), The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare in the Park, Delacorte), and 21 Chump Street as part of This American Life LIVE (BAM). She has performed in concert with the Lincoln Center American Songbook, Annapolis Symphony, and the Hartford Symphony. Notable New York venues include Feinstein’s, Birdland, Subculture, the Delacorte, Joe’s Pub and 54 Below. Last year, she was a featured singer inducting Marvin Hamlisch’s music into the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Lindsay is a renowned voice and acting coach for artists around the country. With composer Ryan Scott Oliver, she co-owns and runs Actor Therapy, an NYC based musical theater master-class series that mentors artists navigating the performing arts industry. www.actortherapynyc.com. Her debut album with jazz pianist Marco Paguia entitled This Time, is available for purchase on iTunes.@lindsaymendez
We are excited that one of our first masterclasses will be led by Broadway Music Director and famed composer/lyricist, Georgia Stitt. Georgia was the on-set music supervisor for the Anna Kendrick/Jeremy Jordan film The Last Five Years and has previously worked as the vocal coach for the NBC hit show America’s Got Talent. She was the assistant music director for the NBC TV special Clash of the Choirs, the on-camera vocal coach for the NBC reality TV show Grease: You’re The One That I Want, and the Production Music Coordinator for the Disney/ABC TV musical Once Upon A Mattress starring Tracey Ullman and Carol Burnett. On Broadway she was the assistant conductor of Little Shop of Horrors and the associate conductor of the Encores! production of Can-Can starring Patti LuPone. Other theater credits: Sweet Charity (starring Sutton Foster), Avenue Q, Sweet Smell of Success, The Music Man, Titanic, Annie, and the national tour of Parade. She was a music consultant for the feature film The Stepford Wives, directed by Frank Oz. In 2005 she served as an arranger for the Boston Pops Orchestra (Keith Lockhart, conductor) in their 75th Anniversary Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at Tanglewood and Boston’s Symphony Hall. In 2014 she served on the music team for NBC‘s The Sound Of Music Live! with Carrie Underwood and Audra McDonald.
It’s fair to say that Sabrina Learman is obsessed with the human voice and its power to reveal, whether through the spoken word, in song, or during every day interactions. Sabrina is originally from Connecticut but began her training in acting during childhood summers spent in San Francisco, attending the American Conservatory and Attic Theaters. A fascination with the art of singing during her teenage years lead to degrees in vocal performance from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory. Having taught for more than 25 years, Sabrina’s enormous passion for education in the arts is undeniable. Her students are heard and seen on Broadway and international tours; they have been accepted to the most prestigious, intensive conservatory and summer programs in musical theatre and opera, both nationally and abroad; and they have taken prizes in a myriad of local and national competitions.
Sabrina is on the voice faculty of Emerson College’s BFA Musical Theatre program, as well as New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School, where she spearheaded and taught their first-ever musical theatre classes for teens, focussing on analyzation of the text and music in creative ways for performance. She is also a coach for My College Audition. Sabrina has given master classes in performance and audition techniques at many colleges and music programs and has been a judge for numerous arts competitions. Summer teaching/vocal directing includes Emerson College, Newton Summer Theatre, Fusion Arts Exchange, Hotchkiss Summer Portals Vocal Chamber program, New York State Summer School for the Arts, and Creative Arts at Park. (Former faculty posts: Entrepreneurial Musicianship, New England Conservatory; Voice Faculty, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth). Sabrina also runs a private voice studio and is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Sabrina has enjoyed a career as a soloist with countless New England area chamber groups, choruses and orchestras - touring, championing new works, and collaborating with composers. She was a founding member of Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston for over 12 years. For 20 years, Sabrina has performed with the prestigious Boston Baroque chorus, with whom she has also recorded and been a soloist. She has performed live on WGBH Radio several times and has recorded for Albany Records, the Discovery Channel, Cakewood Records, and the Zamir Chorale. She is thrilled to be a guest artist at SIVA this summer and strives to give each student some tools for daring, intelligent, and memorable auditions as they begin a career in the arts.
Born and raised in Israel, Lee has acted professionally in both English and Hebrew. Lee is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and of the Vocal Pedagogy Masters program at The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Lee has taught voice, dialects, Shakespeare, and acting in several prestigious institutes such as Harvard University, The Moscow Art Theater, the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow, Poland, The Lipper Academy for Musical Theater in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and is also a certified Fitzmaurice Voicework™ Teacher, as of July 2017.
As a coach, Lee works with students from all over the world on all aspects of voice, text, and acting, to help them find physical and vocal focus and freedom, in order to allow their creativity, talent, and true self to come through their performance.
Diane Onorio, owner/director of 'The Core of Wellness - Boston North' opened her wellness center in 2014 in Wakefield, Mass. Diane brings over 15 years of teaching experience as dance educator, choreographer and fitness professional. Diane holds a B.S. in Sport Movement Science, National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) certified. Diane has instructed group exercise for more than a decade to individuals of all ages, skill levels and abilities. She has been a practitioner of the Pilates method for over 15 years and holds Specialty Certificate of Advanced Training in Pilates. Diane is a strong advocate of the Pilates method as a facilitator of supporting the human body to function to its optimum level. Diane has traveled New England and surrounding areas as a competitor dancer her entire career and has been choreographer to many local musical productions including, Chorus Line, Annie, Godspell, Nunsense and others. Diane holds Liberal Arts in Dance and certificate in Dance Education. She was recognized for outstanding academic achievement and awarded Certificate of Honor for Excellence in Dance. As a teacher of yoga for children, Diane holds certificate of training in yoga therapy for children with autism and special needs as she greatly recognizes the need for the expansion of these services. Diane is a certified instructor in Wakefield and surrounding communities for “GZSobol’s - Parkinson's Network,” where her goal is to provide the tools to improving and maintaining quality of life through specific exercise programs for individuals with P.D. In recognizing the need for further work in health education programs, Diane plans to pursue a graduate program in this field in the immediate future. Diane has served as a judge for the panel of the Mrs. America Pageant systems for New England including, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.