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Friday, December 21, 2018 – 4:30-6:00 PM
This is an amazing opportunity chance for middle and high-school students wishing to get one-on-one coaching time with one of musical theatre’s hottest stars!

Jessica Phillips has established herself as one of Broadway’s premiere leading ladies over the past several years. Broadway credits include: Leap of Faith opposite Raul Esparza, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Next to Normal, Jesus Christ Superstar (25th anniversary revival), and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Her regional work includes Deathless, It’s Only Life, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and the starring role in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Michael Friedman’s Unknown Soldier in 2015. Jessica’s film and television credits include “La Vida Inesperada,” “The Impostors,” “Absent Mind,” “Elementary,” “Royal Pains,” “Unforgettable,” “The Ordained,” “Bronx Warrants,” and, most notably, 4 seasons as A.D.A. Pippa Cox on “Law & Order, SVU.” In 2015, Jessica appeared as a featured vocalist for ASCAP’s 100th Anniversary Celebration of New Music at The Kennedy Center honoring, among others, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. In addition to stage and screen, Jessica’s voice can be heard on multiple cast albums and on iTunes with her band 10th& Carlisle. Twitter/Instagram: @fullipsonbway

Hilary McQuaide studied tap, jazz, and ballet at Dance Arts Center for over 20 years, and she credits Berle Davis and Jayne Zaban for the strong dance technique and training that she uses in performance and in her own teaching. In addition to teaching at Dance Arts Center for several years, she has performed extensively with companies like Broadway By the Bay, Diablo Theatre Company, Contra Costa Musical Theater, and Woodminster Theatre. While at Yale University, she choreographed for and performed with the school’s performing troupe and taught several weekly classes for students and faculty. She has also choreographed for schools around the Bay Area including Aragon High School, Menlo School, and Borel Middle School.

Dyan McBride has been with 42nd Street Moon for 23 years! She has worn many hats such as actress, director, education director, casting assistant, and is currently on the programming committee. Her work at Moon has been a highlight in her life and she is extremely proud to be a part of this great organization.

As an actress and director she has worked with such companies as Center Repertory Theatre, Woodminster, Lucky Penny, Sacramento Theatre Company, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Broadway By the Bay, Napa Rep, Mondavi Center, California Theatre Center, Utah Musical Theatre, and Performance Riverside to name a few. She has had the opportunity to perform all over the United States and in Europe.

She is an adjunct professor in the theatre departments of Las Positas College, Solano College and the Academy of Art. She has taught at many schools and theatres during the course of her career and considers teaching to be one of the most important parts of her life. Her students rock!

In the world of TV, film and print, she has done work for Comcast Sports Net, Yahoo!, Progressive Auto Insurance, Nintendo, Mervyn’s, Tcho, and Polycom among many others. She is in the film Springsteen and I and is featured in the web series Lien on Me. She is represented by Boom Models and Talent in San Francisco.

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Individual Lessons and Coachings

42nd Street Moon is proud to recommend the following private instructors for lessons and coachings in voice, dance, acting and audition preparation. If you are interested in scheduling lesson times please contact Education Director Dyan McBride at

Staci Arriaga
Dance; Tap & Jazz Audition Coaching
Staci has been teaching dance for over 25 years. She spent 10 years dancing with The Lisa Clark Dancers (seen on “America’s Got Talent”) and spent 20 years on their faculty teaching tap and jazz and working along side Lisa Clark Schmeling. Ms. Arriaga’s choreography has been seen in and around the Bay area for the last 16 years working with theatre companies including 42nd Street Moon, Center Rep, Berkeley Playhouse, OMG Productions and she is starting her second season as resident choreographer at Lucky Penny Productions in the Napa Valley. As much as Staci loves to choreograph musical theatre she loves to teach!! She has an ability to bring out the best in her dancers and that also rings true with her students.  

John-Elliott Kirk
Voice; Vocal Audition Coaching
John-Elliott is a professional actor, singer and voice teacher/coach. John-Elliott’s performance credits include Musical Theatre, Opera and music of the Baroque and Renaissance periods. During the summer, he is the Music Director for the San Francisco Opera Guild’s Summer Conservatory, also known as “Opera Camp!” John-Elliott enjoys helping people of all ages discover their singing voices and strives to lay a solid foundation for their good, healthy vocal technique. Also an accomplished pianist, he is able to accompany students during the lesson, eliminating the need for hiring a studio pianist. He is a proud member Actor’s Equity Association (the union of professional actors and stage managers) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (the union of professional opera singers and ballet dancers.)

Jennifer Mitchell
Voice; Vocal Audition Coaching
A Bay Area native, Jennifer is an active performer in both opera and musical theatre. Her performance credits include Kismet in Concert (Marsinah), Where’s Charley? (Kitty Verdun) and The Boy Friend (Polly Browne – SFBATCC nomination) at 42nd Street Moon; Le nozze di Figaro (Barbarina) at Opera San José; the title role in Patience at Lamplighters Music Theatre; Così fan tutte (Despina) at Pocket Opera; Beach Blanket Babylon (Snow White); Oklahoma! (Laurey) at Broadway by the Bay; The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella – SSFBATCC nomination) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) at Cinnabar Theater; Master Class (Sophie) at Jewel Theater Company; The Light in the Piazza (Clara – SFBATCC nomination) and Carousel (Julie) at Spreckels Theatre Company; and Les Misérables (Cosette) at Woodminster Summer Musicals. Jennifer holds a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from San José State and dual B.A.s in Music and Italian from Wellesley College. She has been teaching private lessons in the Bay Area for several years, in addition to teaching for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Musical Theatre Works in San Francisco. In lessons, she focuses on building solid technique while also finding the freedom and joy in singing!

Dyan McBride
Acting; Acting & Musical Theatre Audition Coaching
Dyan has been with 42nd Street Moon for 23 seasons as an actress, director, education director & casting assistant. She loves Moon audiences, artists and all of her students.
Acting/Directing credits include Center Repertory Theatre, Woodminster, Lucky Penny, Sacramento Theatre Company, Ray of Light, Marin Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, New Conservatory, Broadway By the Bay, California Theatre Center, Utah Musical Theatre, and Performance Riverside to name a few.
Dyan has done Film/ TV/Print for Comcast Sports Net, Yahoo!, Progressive Auto Insurance, Nintendo, Mervyn’s, Tcho, Polycom and many others. She is in the film “Springsteen and I,” the web series “Lien on Me” and the new film, “Generations.”
BA: CSU Fullerton (Musical Theatre); MFA: UC Davis (Acting). Member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. Represented by Boom Models and Talent in San Francisco. Awards/Nominations: TBA, BATCC, Shellie, Arty, Dean Goodman, Irene Ryan, Broadway World and Garland. Adjunct Professor of theatre at Las Positas College, Solano College and the Academy of Art.

Lee Strawn
As a teacher and performer Lee loves exploring the similarities and differences between classical and musical theatre singing. His students perform on Broadway, in National Tours and in regional theatre and opera companies. He maintains a private studio in San Francisco, and is a faculty member at City College of San Francisco and at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. His performance credits include: Le Fevre (The Phantom of The Opera), Germont (La Traviata), Dr. Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), the title characters in Sweeney Todd and Man of La Mancha and a host of Gilbert and Sullivan roles; Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Orff’s Carmina Burana; and art song cycles of Argento, Poulenc, Ravel, Rorem and Schubert. Lee earned DMA, MM Degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and Bachelor’s Degrees from Ohio State University. His voice teachers have included Jan DeGaetani and Thomas Paul. Additional pedagogy study with Richard Miller, Lisa Popil and in the Estil Voice Method.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students in need. Please e-mail for more information.