Drama Arts Director & Teaching Artist
Lane Gardner is a versatile and compelling artist whose journey has been anything but typical. Raised in a family of musicians, Lane started singing at their jam sessions as a child. Her formal vocal training began at age 9. She got an early start in the studio, recording demos for local musicians, including her songwriting mother. She soon found her way to the stage, and began what would be a 20+ year career as a professional singer/actor in opera, musical theater and theater. Highlights from her many roles include Eliza in “My Fair Lady” at Lyric Opera Cleveland, Lily in “The Secret Garden” at Civic Theater, Orlando, Josephine in “HMS Pinafore” at Ohio Light Opera, Laura in “The Glass Menagerie” at Seaside Music Theater, and the title role in “Antigone” at the West End Theater in NYC. She also has performed extensively in recital and oratorio, as a soloist in Handel’s “Messiah”, and was winner of the Columbus Symphony Young Artist Competition. She attended both Baldwin-Wallace College and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM) where she graduated with a degree in Vocal Performance.
Lane also has a vast background as a voice teacher and arts educator, having taught a variety of programs and master-classes for such institutions as The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Conservatory of Performing Arts. She also served as vocal coach for Charles Mee’s First Love at New York Theater Workshop. Over the past 15 years, she has maintained a private vocal studio, as both voice teacher and performance coach, in addition to developing educational programs for private and public schools, implementing the arts as a tool to enhance learning and curriculum.
Although her early career led her to the stage, her deeper passions took her into new, yet ancient and innovative territories, with a rich study of native drumming and world music, sound and vibrational therapy, and other healing modalities, including Reiki and Jin-Shin Jyutsu. She incorporates much of these practices into her work and teaching, and continues to pursue ways to marry the performing and healing arts.