ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
ALISHIA GARCIA CINDY MAIR
Oliver Mayes is currently an MFA Directing student at the University of South Dakota where he teaches and directs undergraduate performance majors. Prior to USD, Oliver spent five years in New York City working as an actor, singer, director, choreographer, producer, photographer, and arts administrator.
New York & Regional Theatre performance credits include: Into the Woods, Homemade Fusion, Urinetown, Seussical, A Charlie Brown Christmas, American Idiot, Grease, A Year with Frog and Toad, Dogfight (Broadway World Best Actor in a Musical Nomination), RENT, HAIR, and Beyond Words (New York Musical Festival). TV/Film/New Media credits: It's Elizabeth (Wyatt; post-production), Capital Advice (Jim; My Final Shot Productions Best Supporting Actor Nomination), Bar Class or Barre Class (Lead). Directing credits: Mamma Mia! (Center for the Performing Arts; July '19), Ikke, Ikke, Nye, Nye, Nye (University of South Dakota), Into the Woods (Assistant Director, University of South Dakota), Abnormal (Equity Staged Reading, Shetler Studios; NYC), After the End (Paradise Factory Theatre; NYC), First Time (Secret Theatre; NYC), and The Last Five Years (Assistant Director; 4th Wall Theatre). Other notable theatre credits: Spring Awakening (Choreographer, USD), On the Twentieth Century (Producer, Village Light Opera). Oliver is also recognized in the NYC cabaret circuit by providing artistic guidance for theatrical concerts. He has worked as a director, consultant, choreographer and producer for shows such as the Beyond the Binary concert series, Quarter Life Crisis, and Seams & Songs. His solo show, If I Were a Frontman debuted at Broadway's Supper Club, Feinstein's/54 Below in 2018. This fall, Oliver is directing The Eccentricities of a Nightingale by Tennessee Williams at the University of South Dakota.
An arts education advocate, Oliver spent his time in NYC also working at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy doing recruitment, enrollment, and academic/career guidance. He also offers private coachings for auditions and has served as a teaching assistant at the University of South Dakota. Co-Founder and Lead Instructor of Coast to Coast Music Theatre & Voice Intensive, held annually in the Portland, Oregon area. BFA Music Theatre graduate of AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California. Proud member of SAG/AFTRA.
Alishia Garcia is a mezzo-soprano known for her sparkling and rich tone, her musicianship, and her emotional connection to her performances. Her most notable roles include Anna in Maelstrom: A Zombie Opera, Meg in Little Women, Miss Pinkerton from The Old Maid and the Thief, and Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel. Alishia has performed with Opera Bend, Eugene Opera, Cascadia Concert Opera, and in University of Oregon's Opera productions.
Alishia is a graduate of University of Oregon, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received honors in the school of music including the Bezinover Opera Scholarship and the Outstanding Undergraduate in Voice Award of 2015.
Alishia currently resides in Tualatin, Oregon where she has established a large voice studio. Her students have earned lead roles in school musicals, and gone on to pursue careers in music and the performing arts. She is also the Co-Founder and a Lead Instructor for Coast to Coast Music Theatre and Voice Intensive, which is held annually in the Portland, Oregon area.
Cindy Mair retired from a 36 year public school teaching career in 2016. She taught K-12 general and choral music. Now that she is retired, she spends more time as her favorite thing: a collaborative pianist! Cindy has accompanied soloists and ensembles at the local and state levels. She also enjoys time as a rehearsal and pit orchestra pianist. Some of the favorite musicals she has accompanied are South Pacific (in which Oliver and Alishia were featured prominently!), Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, Once Upon a Mattress, and Big Fish.