Shana Farr is an award-winning performer who began her career in operetta and musical theater performing critically acclaimed leading roles with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Most recently, she has been enjoying the world of cabaret and supper club traveling with her one-woman shows throughout the US and London.
Shana was trained classically at Boston University School for The Arts and continued her training here in New York under Doris Yarick-Cross of the Yale Opera Program, and Carol Kirkpatrick. She teaches the Bel Canto style which she believes is the way to train, learning and understanding the art of singing, then bringing in all your colors and be able to cross over into the different genres. She has been very successful at making the cross over from classical to musical theater and cabaret. In fact, the WALL STREET JOURNAL said Shana is "an appropriate role model for an opera-pop hybrid."
In March 2015, she received the Bistro Award for Outstanding Concept Show for her one-woman musical monologue "In The Still Of The Night." She has been lauded in many reviews for bringing "...something surprising new" (Wall Street Journal) to the art of cabaret. She is an intelligent performer who not only has an excellent singing voice, but she proves to be "a first-rate actor who is exciting to watch" (Bistro Awards).
In October 2012, Shana was awarded with the Julie Wilson Award at the Mabel Mercer Foundation's 23rd Annual Cabaret Convention held at Jazz at Lincoln Center. This award is given to a singer who the Foundation sees as "a rising star in the world of cabaret." She has performed at the convention for the past four years and will be singing in the closing show for the 2016 run.
She has taught master classes for private vocal studios in MIssouri, at Columbia College, for the Missouri Symphony Society Youth Chorus and more. She is now acceptin private voice students in New York City. She works with top Broadway and cabaret pianists as well as award-winning arrangers.
She is knowledgeable in opera, operetta, musical theater, art songs and the Great American Songbook.
New York Theater: The Yeomen of The Guard (Elsie Maynard), Princess Ida (Princess Ida & Lady Psyche), The Music Man (Marian Paroo),The Merry Widow (Hannah Glawari), Oklahoma! (Laurey Williams), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel).
Regional Theater: The Student Prince (Princess Margaret, Pittsburgh CLO), The Student Prince (Kathie, LBM Productions), Princess Ida (Princess Ida, McCarter Theatre), Rigoletto (Countess Ceprano, Belleayre Festival).
Concert: Madame Butterfly (Kate Pinkerton, Missouri Symphony Orchestra), Lucia di Lammermoor (Alisa, South Shore Symphony Orchestra), Missouri Symphony Orchestra (guest soloist), Opera at Florham (guest soloist).
Cabaret/Supper Club: In The Still Of The Night (Laurie Beechman Theatre), Whistling Away The Dark: Through Songs of Julie Andrews (Feinstein’s, Metropolitan Room, Crazy Coqs - London, The Players), Pure Imagination (Laurie Beechman Theatre, Feinstein’s, Kranzberg Arts Center, Jack’s Gourmet), Blue Skies (Jack's Gourmet), Songs At The Oscars (Jack's Gourmet), Broadway Classics (Jack's Gourmet)
Venues: New York City Center, York Theatre Company, 54 Below, Birdland, Feinstein's At The Regency, Crazy Coqs, Haft Auditorium, McCarter Theater, Rhynsburger Theatre, Belleyre Festival, Laurie Beechman Theater, Kranzberg Arts Center, Missouri Theater, and many more...