Valley Academy for the Arts is excited to be adding Musical Theatre to our list of offerings. It has long been our dream to expand beyond dance instruction, providing a full spectrum of artistic and creative instruction and performance opportunities for both children and adults. Learn more about our Musical Theatre Division HERE and allow us to introduce Jessica L. French, Director of our Musical Theatre Division:
American singer, actress, and director Jessica Lynn French began performing professionally at the age of eleven in the National Tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat alongside Donnie Osmond. After completing her studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music. She went on to do a fellowship with the Nashville Opera while getting her Masters of Music in Vocal Pedagogy and Voice Performance from Belmont University.
During her time in Detroit, Boston, Nashville, and New York she has performed with and coached artists signed with/managed by: Sony, Curb Records, Word Records, Disney, William Morris Agency, Simeon Studios, and Graffiti Records to name a few. In order to better understand the demands on her recording artist clients, she recorded a contemporary Bilingual EP with a full band, which is available on itunes. Favorite performance roles include: Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe, La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. In 2016, Ms. French launched a music theatre album entitled "Songs I Can Sing from Roles I'll (Probably) Never Play" on iTunes and Spotify. She performed a Cabaret style album release concert at The Laurie Beechman Theatre on 42nd Street.
Ms. French is also a sought after clinician. She travels the US and Internationally performing and teaching vocal masterclasses raising awareness of vocal health. She helped to facilitate The Metropolitan Opera's National Educator Conference and was a masterclass instructor for The Carnegie Hall Association. In the summer of 2017, Ms. French taught a music theatre masterclass at the newly opened Studio Paulsen, the first ever professional actors training center in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She also enjoys voice over work, recording with MTI (Music Theater International) and serving as a vocal coach for Sockeye Media.
During her time as a New York City resident, Ms. French served as Teaching Artist for Broadway Bound Kids and The Metropolitan Opera Guild She is a proud member of AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) and currently serves as the Director of the LCA Musical Theatre Intensive, a national training program for Broadway hopefuls in middle and high school. She maintains a private vocal studio based out of Neenah. Her past students have been cast in national Broadway tours and major motion pictures, seen on American Idol and The Voice, as well as accepted to top performing arts collegiate programs.
Jessica L. French Director
Musical Theatre Division | Valley Academy for the Arts
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