Debra Wiley-Hart is a singing voice specialist and an internationally renowned acting teacher and director. She has performed as a featured soprano in both classical (opera, recital, stage) and contemporary (musical theater, cabaret, operetta) venues, locally, regionally and abroad. M.A., NYU in both Acting and Vocal Performance. Active member of NATS and NYSTA; performer’s unions (AEA, AGMA, AFTRA, SAG, AGVA). In her private voice and acting studio in Manhattan, Pro Singer/Actor, she teaches vocal technique and dramatic expression, specializing in teaching classical voices to "crossover" into "mix" and belt" in a healthy, grounded way. With cross-disciplinary training in vocology, Ms. Wiley-Hart also retrains damaged voices. She has taught and directed performers at institutions that include The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music,Steinhardt/NYU, Marymount Manhattan, Harlem School of the Arts, Henry Street Settlement, Disney Theatricals, Montclair State/Cali School (3 years) and The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute (18 years and currently). With a following abroad, she teaches yearly master classes in Europe. She has been included consistently in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.
Specializes in integrating singing and acting through body alignment (incorporates Alexander, Feldenkrais and Dalcroze exercises), breath management and individually designed vocal exercises. The goal is freedom of artistic expression through the healthy use of the body, breath and voice. Teaches that there is one voice, top to bottom with an open throat, no matter what the style. Receives frequent referrals from ENT's and speech pathologists.
Studio Policies: (1) 24-hour cancellation policy; (2) Accepts professionals and talented beginners - has students on Broadway and in touring companies, both in regional theatre and opera.