Meet The Teachers

Jenny Boeckel has been teaching classes at the Performing Arts School for eight years and loves working with students of all ages. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where she majored in theatre and dance. After college Jenny spent time performing with the National Tour 42nd Street and with the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers. She moved to New Jersey in 2007 and began teaching drama and dance at various studios and performing arts centers before going back to school to obtain her certification in Elementary Education. She spent four years teaching 2nd grade before returning to the Mayo Performing Arts Center full time last year. 


Darius Frowner is a pianist, musical director and teaching artist. He has worked at the Performing Arts School since it started 10 years ago. He studied music at Rutgers University, and piano with Barry Harris. Outside of his work with children, Darius is very involved in the Cabaret scene in Man-hattan, and has won awards for his work as musical director with Broadway artists. He often coaches performers for Broadway auditions, and plays for and assists major casting directors. 


Maria Gentile has been on the Teaching Staff at Mayo since the beginning of 2010. She is a graduate of Tufts College where she majored in theatre. She has been a professional Singer/Songwriter, Actor, Director and Comedian since 1983. Maria has been writing and Directed Cabaret shows in NYC since the late 90's And for the last 17 years have had the wonderful experience of performing 4 nights a week as a singer/comedian at The Duplex Cabaret & Piano Bar in Greenwich Village, two of those nights running "SINGER SPOTLIGHT NIGHT" with Darius Frowner. She has 2 albums of original music, and is currently working on her third. Maria continues to pursue a Career in Television Commercials and Voice-overs. 


Dayna Grayber has been teaching private voice, performing and directing around the NYC/NJ area for the past eight years. She received her Bachelor's degree from Emerson College and her Master's in Music for Vocal Performance: Music Theater from NYU: Steinhardt. National Tours include THE PRODUCERS and THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. When she returned to New York, she continued to perform Off- Broadway, regionally, direct locally and privately teach vocal technique, song interpretation, and audition technique. 


Grace Greig has been teaching classes at the Performing Arts School for over five years. She has been working professionally in musical theatre for over 25 years including: B’way,Off- B’way, National tours, European Tours, as well as many other regional credits. After studying musical thea-tre at Banff Center of the Performing Arts, which included theatre, voice, and dance, she continued her studies in both Toronto and New York. As a teacher, Grace began years ago assisting at Weist-Baron Studios in NYC. After some time off to pursue her favorite roll ( being a mom ), she began volunteering and teaching at a local not-for-profit school. 


Keith Herrmann has been a musical director and conductor on Broadway for a number of shows . He was the original pianist/synthesist on CATS, recorded its Grammy-award-winning cast album and became its con-ductor. As a composer, he’s been represented on Broadway with ONWARD VICTORIA and the musical, ROMANCE ROMANCE, which received five Tony nominations, including Best Musical and Best Score. Currently Keith is working on two new projects: a piece about James Dean, and THE HOMEWORK MACHINE, which enjoyed a sold-out run at the Boston Children's Theatre. 


Lauren Moran Mills has been working professionally throughout NJ as a Director, Choreographer and Teaching Artist for the past 17 years starting with Pushcart Players where she remains today as a Teaching Artist in Residence, currently directing The Little Mermaid JR. She has worked at 12Miles West, Dreamcatcher Rep, The Growing Stage Theater, where she is a performer in their New Play- Reading Festival series, and most notably The Women's Theater Company where she directed and or choreographed a myriad of plays and musicals. Favorites include, Always...Patsy Cline, Working, A Grand Night for Singing, The World Goes Round, The Last Five Years, Romance Romance, and the critically received, Side By Side By Sondheim. She cohosts a weekly radio program on called Chewing the Scenery with Lauren and Danny on internet station homegrownradionj.org dedicated to supporting the theater and arts scene in and around NY and NJ. While not in the theater her favorite role is Mom. 


Joe Regan has been teaching at the MAYO Performing Arts School since spring of 2012.  He graduated with a degree in Music and Theatre from Kean University and then spent several years as a professional actor. He always played the piano, so he was happy to transition to being a Singing pian-ist. Joe also play in Piano Bars, Cabaret Rooms, Cruise Ships, and Resorts. He hasbeen a Musical Direc-tor for Cabaret and Musical Theatre shows, and have played in the pit for several Off-Broadway shows. Joe opened for Steve Ross at the 75th Anniversary of the Chrysler Building and is also a 2007 MAC Award Winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) for Best Revue (“Johnny Mercer Sings” With Ricky Ritzel and Leslie Anderson) and a 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015 MAC nominee for Piano Bar Instrumentalist.  Joe is the assistant musical director at First Congregational Church of Westfield, NJ,


Katie Robertson has been teaching with the Performing Arts School for three years. She attended New York University where she received both her BM in Vocal Performance and her MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy and have been teaching and singing ever since. After school, Katie lived in NYC auditioning and performing in various operas and musicals, while also continuing to teach. In addition to her students at MPAC, she has a private studio and teach voice at NYU and for another small studio in NJ. 


Andrea Rodriguez is so happy to be returning as a teacher to PAS after having an amazing time teach-ing last summer. She has been a professional actor in NYC for almost 10 years. National tours include Disney's High School Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Most recently, Andrea spent the last 6 years performing as a vocalist and Mrs. Claus in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. 


Jon Rodriguez is an actor, director and theater instructor currently living in New York City. He studied with Cathy Roy as a teen, has a degree from the University of the Arts in musical theater and has traveled the country with numerous shows including a four year stint in Las Vegas as Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys. 


Sandy Taylor has a dual degree in Elementary Education and Theatre Arts from Susquehanna University, and an MA in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University where she currently teaches private voice lessons and Acting. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Roxbury High School, where she has a voice studio of 20 students and assistant directs the fall drama and winter musical. Since graduate school, Sandy has been busy performing professionally in musi-cals, singing with her jazz trio, and working as a teaching artist for various theatre programs in the NY/NJ area. 


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