My name is Dana McCoy, I was considered for a Grammy this year for lead vocals in the category of Rock Song of the Year. I perform regularly and have toured the world, gigged from CBGBs to Lincoln Center to Parisian Jazz Clubs and on, so I have a lot of practical guidance to offer. Many of my students have received music and theatre scholarships, won awards, and now have successful careers, whether in music/theater or fields such as politics where the lessons helped them with poise and nerves while speaking publicly.
I love helping people find their voice, (finding my own was no easy feat!) most especially people who thought they were tone deaf, or couldn't hold harmony. We accomplish that, and for those who are further along already, they will also exceed their own expectations. It's a gift for me to get to witness and take part in this process. A true gift.
Dana McCoy is a lovely teacher of acting and voice. Sensitive and reliable teacher with middle school students. Excellent coaching and depth in teaching listening; acting is reacting.
Dana McCoy, principal of Featherweight Productions, is an extraordinary artist of the highest caliber; singer, songwriter, actor, playwright, dancer, and musician. She is also a truly gifted and inspiring teacher who sees, unearths and nurtures the natural abilities within each individual at the soul level. Her organic coaching style is profound, magical, and produces results, not cookie cutter results, but solid creative development from within, unique to each budding artist. She teaches with love, integrity, artistry and an unparalleled depth of knowledge.
Dana's impeccable professionalism, expertise, and ultimate success in preparing my daughter for college auditions (resulting in acceptances in top performing arts schools), as well as her delightful personality, sense of humor, and her ability to connect with my daughter and develop a mutually respectful friendship that continues even after the classes are over. My daughter is living her dream, studying Musical Theater in NYC, thanks to Dana.
Dana makes you completely comfortable. She then engages, encourages, stretches and strengthens your vocal gift. Had me thinking I was on my way to open for Mariah!! My experiences with her are magical.
I tailor lessons/coaching to the goals of the student. So some of lesson one is determining goals and laying out a plan together for how to accomplish them.
I can help with acting, singing, songwriting, arranging, playwriting, preparing speeches, dealing with stagefright.
**For student too far away to get to NYC regularly, I have great success teaching via Skype/FaceTime. Please only contact if you're open to this, and feel free to contact with questions about it. I work with my teachers and students this way as often as not and it's a fantastic use of technology.
Dana McCoy Resume
Method Acting at TVI Actors Studio, Actor’s Equity New York City
Acting for Dancers, Tides Dance Collaborative, Chatham Massachuse s
Acting is Reacting at the award-winning Harwich Junior Theatre, Harwich,Massachusetts
25 years of successful private coaching voice, acting, songwriting for students who’ve gone on to win lead roles, scholarships, awards, and placement in prestigious schools and companies.
Voice: Katie Agresta (Annie Lennox, Cyndi Lauper, Phoebe Snow, Jon Bon Jovi, Jersey Boys
Acting: Marcia Haufrecht of the Actor’s Studio
Dance: Pamela Feri of the Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mimi Paul of New York City Ballet, Duncan Noble, Gina Vidal, Gus Giordano, Luigi
Berklee College of Music – BA Voice/Performance - Scholarships: Cleo Lane Award, Berklee Grant
Boston Conservatory – Musical Theatre Program
NYU Film School, film/video editing
North Carolina School of the Arts – High School of Ballet
2017 Grammy Nominee for Lead Vocals on “Sky” by Albert Bouchard (co-founder of Blue Oyster Cult) on his solo CD, Surrealists
Lead vocals @ Lincoln Center Damrosch Stage with Joe Hurley’s Ourland Festival including Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper, Joe and Al Bouchard, Tish & Snookie, Soul Legend Tammi Lynn, Erik Lawrence, and more.
Session work: GE Smith (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult, Joe McGinty (Psychadelic Furs) Sean Pelton (SNL), Ric Wake (Producer of Celine Dion, Whitney Houston), Michael Mangini, Run DMC, Essra Mohawk, Richie Jones, Taylor Barton, Alex Alexander and on.
Artist deals and songs published with Virgin, EMI, Columbia, Esquire, Netwerk, Featherweight, First Choice
Tours: UK, US, Europe, South of the Equator to North of the Arctic Circle
Composition for commercial clients: MTV, Viacom, Artistry, Saks Fi h Avenue, etc.
City of Industry with Harvey Keitel, Stephen Dorff, Timothy Hutton
The Search For One Eyed Jimmy – Steve Buscemi, John Turturro
Holy Crap, I Can Talk To Plants – MilesPerHour
Please Don’t Feed e Animals – J. Steven Leeper
Hallelujiah – Inner City – Virgin, Top 10 on Billboard Pop Charts UK/Europe/Asia, Dance Charts USA
Fire – Inner City – Virgin, Top 10 on Billboard Pop Charts UK/Europe/Asia, Dance Charts USA
Taking Shape Album – Dana McCoy – Featherweight – Twinbrook/iTunes, Billboard Editors Pick for top 10 Album of the Year
Kiss Goodbye – Dana McCoy -Featherweight/EMI
How Would You Like It – McCoy/Komis – Netwerk
One Strike You’re Out – McCoy/Essra Mohawk/Ritchie Jones – Esquire – EMI
So In Like With You – McCoy/Eric Kupper/Ritchie Jones – Esquire – EMI
Guilty – Tripping Lily/McCoy
Mom, A Rock Concert Musical by Richard Caliban – Lead Role of Ingrid (Lead and Background Vocals, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion) *Award, Outstanding Musical at NY International Fringe Festival
Across thePond, Original Rock Musical by Zoe Lewis, Directed/Choreographed by Donna Drake of “A Chorus Line” – Lead role of Tammy the Texan Tourist
Cube Rat, Original Rock Musical by Dana McCoy – Showcased off-Broadway and at Edinburgh Fringe. Lead Role; Minnie Cooper.
What Not To row Out by Kathleen Warnock, directed by Margaret Van Sant, Lead Role of Allison, performed at Dublin Gay eatre Festival and Women’s International eater Festival, Provincetown, MA
Prom Queens, co-wrote book and music, lead role of Daisey, lead and background vocals and dance. Showcased off Broadway, and at Crown & Anchor’s Paramount Room, Provincetown, MA
Ibis the Wayward Whale, composed music for Originial Children’s Musical, Lead role of Bathsheba, Whale Week, Town Hall Provincetown, MA
Downtown Mermaid – Wri en by and Starring Cathie Boruch, Off Broadway
A Shining A ribute by Candyce Rusk for Dublin Gay eatre Festival and Women’s International eater Festival in Provincetown, MA
Alice and Elizabeth’s One Woman Show – Written by and Starring Alice Barden, off-Broadway and Television
Cube Rat - Original Rock Musical by Dana McCoy showcased off-Broadway and at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Prom Queens - Original Rock Musical, Off Broadway and Crown and Anchor’s Paramount Room, Provincetown, MA
Ibis the Wayward Whale - Whale Week at Town Hall Provincetown, MA
A Sleep And A Forge ing by James McLindon for Provincetown Playwright’s Festival
Navigarre Nessece Est, by Andrea Fleck Clardy for Provincetown Playwright’s Festival
Colin Quinn, Jerry Seinfeld’s Long Story Short
David LaChapelle/John Byrne’s Transcending Form
Marc Maron’s Scorching e Earth
Joe Hurley’s Ourland Festival, Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park
Pillowfight eatre Festival’s Hot Chicks of Substance @45Bleecker eatre, NYC including Lesley Gore’s play “It’s My Party...Yeah Right”, Direction by Gretchen Cryer of “I’m Ge ing My Act Together and Taking It On the Road”
Naked Music Series; Mic Free Music @ Life Cafe, NYC curated and hosted by Dana McCoy offering over 300 gigs to aspiring singer/songwriters
Cube Rat @ 45Bleecker Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe
Mom, A Rock Concert Musical, Winner Outstanding Musical @ NY Fringe, and tour of major US cities
$100 per hour
$25 per 15 minute increment after first hour.
48 hour cancellation policy or student is responsible for the lesson.
There were some incredible twin dancers I wanted to perform with me. They were tone deaf. I found a way to help them feel the notes. They danced and sang harmony with me for many shows before winning glee club scholarships to a major college.
Then students started finding me and I noticed I knew how to help them very intuitively, and I absolutely loved the process.
Ages 8 to 108 with no preference. I've taught youngsters in classes and had pretty mature private students and everyone in between; all ages, colors, shapes and sizes. Some are pros now, others are nurses who love to sing in choir, or city council members. But I think they all have more of a skip in their step than when they started.
I had a beautiful high school girl last year, she wanted to go to music school for college so I was contracted to help her prepare for auditions. We worked together four hours a week. She went from not being able to get a role in her high school musicals, to winning the lead, and gaining acceptance to all but one of her college choices. The toughest college gave her a delicious scholarship. She's there now, smiling from ear to ear, and we gig together from time to time. Very proud of her.
I once had a teacher I felt very nervous with. I don't recommend that route. At least intimidation never worked at all for me. I believe it's best to find a teacher who helps you see and believe in the best of yourself, and has practical tools to help bring that shine forward and out to the world.
Clarity of their goals. Once we have that, we're off to the races.