Our instructors are some of the most recognized in their fields in the past 20 years.
MUSIC: (Guitar, Banjo, Fiddle and Mandolin) Frank Fairfield has been featured on Pitchfork.com, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, the OFF Festival in Poland and has toured internationally with Fleet Foxes, Cass McCombs, Blind Boy Paxton and more.
“A remarkable performer and evocative writer.” -Pitchfork // ”The Californian master of old time banjo and fiddle” -Journal of Music // “A truly genuine and wonderfully unique performer.” - Brighton Source
ACTING: John Ennis has been a SAG Actor in television, film & commercials since 1996, including Zodiac, Mr. Show with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, American Dad and much more. Many of his students have become widely known house hold names. John has taught and directed multiple productions for the young adult program at The Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute in Los Angeles for 10 years.
PLAYWRITING: Ali MacLean is an award-winning playwright and TV writer whose plays have been workshopped at theaters and spaces across the US and UK. 2020 recipient of the David Sedaris Humor Writing Prize and a finalist for the Broadway World Directing Award, her plays have won a slew of playwriting and best production awards, including the John Gassner Playwriting Award, the 2020 Julie Harris playwriting award, and 2019 Best Production by She NYC Arts, and she is a member of EST’s Playwrights Unit, the Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, The Honor Roll, and the Dramatists Guild.
COMEDY: Gary Petersen, named "Best Comedian" by Boston Magazine and the Boston Phoenix, has opened for favorites like Maria Bamford, Tig Notaro & Jake Johannsen while also writing on projects featured on Team Coco, Comedy Central, and BET. Petersen has taught stand-up comedy writing and performance for 4 years at ImprovBoston and travels regularly around the world performing at clubs, colleges and festivals.
The Yard's academy has been the most satisfying part of our mission! There's little that's more gratifying than working with students, helping them build their skillsets and reach the breakthrough moments where they can see how far they've come.
Each time we work with a student we grow ourselves, which in turn let's us bring that back to the instruction.
I've been taking violin/fiddle lessons with Frank Fairfield at The Yard, and I couldn't be happier with Frank as a teacher. He's incredibly talented as a player himself and he does a great job meeting me at my level (I'm a total beginner but with some musical experience on other instruments) in a way that's both encouraging and motivating. I would enthusiastically and unhesitatingly recommend him as a teacher for anyone looking to take music lessons on the instruments he teaches.
Depends on the class, but all instructors take steps to meet the student where they are, at and place them where they can grow the most.