ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS

OLIVER MAYES

ALISHIA GARCIA                          

Oliver Mayes is currently an MFA Directing Candidate at the University of South Dakota, where he directs and teaches undergraduate students. He was awarded the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Fellowship at the 2020 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 5 where he was also awarded commendations of achievement for his direction of The Eccentricities of a Nightingale and choreography for Spring Awakening, both produced at USD. Prior to his graduate studies, Oliver lived and worked in New York City as an actor, director, producer, photographer and arts administrator - gaining performance credits predominantly in musical theatre and new media as well as a reputation for curating high quality (and sold out) performances in the cabaret industry, including a headlining performance in If I Were a Frontman at Broadway's Supper Club, Feinstein's/54 Below. His favorite performance credits include musicals like Hair, Rent, DogfightAmerican Idiot and Urinetown. He holds a BFA in Music Theatre from AMDA College of the Performing Arts and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. He has taught performance workshops for cabaret development at KCACTF, Region 5 and movement in rock music at USD. As a performance teacher and coach, Oliver prides himself in getting students less focused on their nerves and more focused on the work that goes into a fully realized performance. He believes in celebrating uniqueness, as it only enhances the specificity of his students' performances. Oliver is the Co-Founder and a Lead Instructor for Coast to Coast Music Theatre Intensive, which is held annually in the Portland, Oregon area.

Alishia Garcia mezzo-soprano, is an established voice teacher and performer in the Portland area. Her mission as a teacher is to empower each student to discover their individual voice and potential through disciplined practice, character development, and performance. Alishia finds joy in guiding her students along their own musical journey through music education. Since opening the Alishia Garcia Voice Studio, her students have placed in district Solo and Ensemble Competitions and Regional Theatre Competitions, been cast in school and community theatre productions, and have been accepted to prestigious music and music theatre college programs. Alishia is a board member of the NATS Cascade Chapter, and actively pursues singing and performing opportunities for her students. As a performer, Alishia’s 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, and she is currrently a chorus member with Portland Opera and a member of the Portland based folk duo, Haven. She has performed with Portland Opera, 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 is a Co-Founder and a Lead Instructor for Coast to Coast Music Theatre Intensive, which is held annually in the Portland, Oregon area.

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