Ilana Atkins - Music Director

NYC Music DirectionThe Hunchback of Notre Dame [Regional], If Sand Were Stone [Off Broadway]: NYMF 2018, Addams Family, Annie, Alice at Alice’s [Off Broadway] 

Other Theatres: Circle Theatre, Edges; Boho Theatre Company, Ordinary Days; Theo Ubique, Passion; Bailiwick Chicago: Carrie: The Musical, The Wild Party; Drama Group:  Ragtime, Hairspray; Starlight Theatre Company: Bye, Bye, Birdie, Damn Yankees, Once Upon A Mattress; The Great American Melodrama, Resident MD 2016-2018; Drury Lane:  West Side Story, Beaches: A New Musical, Bye, Bye, Birdie; Paramount Theatre: Les Miserables, Oliver; SSMT: Spitfire Grill, Grease, Les Miserables, Shrek, Aida, Seussical; Legacy Players: The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Addams Family

Teaching: Shenandoah Conservatory, Ithaca College, Roosevelt University, Harper College, Columbia College Chicago, Texas State University, Northwestern University, New York Film Academy, AMDA, Queens College, Marymount Manhattan College.
Courses: Keyboarding, Music Theatre History, Vocal Techniques, Music Theory, Vocal Pedagogy, Acting Thru Song, Music Theatre Styles, Conducting, Ensemble Singing, Audition Prep, Private Piano, and Private Voice

Training: Bachelor of Music: Musical Theatre Accompanying, Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA; Master of Music: Musical Theatre Conducting, Ithaca College/Shenandoah Conservatory 

Teaches: Sing Tech, Music Theatre Ensemble

Teaching Philosophy:
I always tell my students, “Music speaks, you just have to listen.” I find the most joy in listening to what story the music has to tell and thusly helping others share that same story. As an artist, and more importantly, a collaborator, I thrive on listening to the stories, ideas, and aspirations of my fellow artists and asking myself, “How can I share this experience? How can I help relay this unique message in the most honest way?” I teach my students to do the same. To listen and share and be truthful to the music and the work. My favorite aspect of musical theatre is the storytelling and the interpretive opportunities it provides. The music is telling you how it is meant to be performed, you just have to listen.