Lubas Voice & Stage Studio of Sarasota - Helping You Achieve A Healthy, Flexible & Unique Technique

Biographical Info

MARK LUBAS, tenor, made his debut in 1996 with the Nashville Symphony as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah. Soon thereafter, he moved to Boston and earned two Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (Vocal Performance, Opera).  Mr. Lubas performed roles with companies across the U.S., including Aspen Opera Theatre Company, Ash Lawn-Highland Summer Festival, Boston Lyric Opera, Mobile Opera, Opera Carolina, and Granite State Opera. Concert engagements have included tenor solos in oratorios and masses by Verdi, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Bach, and Mendelssohn. 

In addition to the stage, Mr. Lubas is an experienced voice teacher and acting coach. His teaching style operates on a simple principle, learned over 20 years of teaching: if we can help you achieve your own unique, healthy, consistent technique, singing and acting will be easier for you and more deeply felt by your audience. The result: that wonderful feeling of connection between audience and performer, which serves as an inspiration to perform more often.

From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Lubas created and built the college-prep theatre training program at The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, FL, and now has returned to do something he loves doing - running his voice teaching and acting training studio. Mr. Lubas is married to a beautiful woman from his hometown of Wethersfield, CT, and counts himself lucky to have two wonderful and energetic boys. Mr. Lubas lived in New England for most of his career, and moved to Sarasota, FL in 2004.

Recent Teaching Experience for Mark Lubas

Owner and Director
Lubas Voice & Stage Studio of Sarasota (2005-present)
Offer individualized lessons in singing and acting, as well as masterclasses in audition and role preparation. All lessons focused on keeping voice, mind and body healthy through developing sensitivity and using each student's unique strengths. Over 20 years teaching experience.

Voice Faculty
Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts (2011-present)
Voice/singing lessons offered through the conservatory.

Director of Theatre Arts
The Out-of-Door Academy (2007-2010)
* Produced, directed, designed, marketed, and built comedies, dramas, and musicals
* Created a dual track academic and skills-training based Theatre Department from scratch, teaching both Middle and High School students
* Established and taught classes designed to give a process for students wishing to pursue theatre at the college level – these include Acting 1-4, Technical Theatre, and Independent Study Assistant Directorships and Technical Directorships
* Offered voice lessons/coachings, teaching vocal technique individually designed to encourage healthy singing for each student
* Increased interest in theatre and quadrupled the number of students participating in shows
* Instituted a uniform audition process to “level the playing field” for all students
* Contributed significantly to design and planning of new Arts Center, including Black Box Theatre
* Oversaw and instructed students in all technical aspects of shows, including light and sound design and execution
* Worked in conjunction with other area theatre (academic and professional) and non-profit organizations to create strategic and marketing partnerships in the community
* Worked closely with fine arts department and administration to coordinate large-scale musicals, raise visibility of program in the community, and standardize expectations of performance levels
* Initiated and enacted an acting trip to NYC, where students received individual coaching, met current working actors, and saw numerous, varying shows
* Assisted in writing successful grant proposals for funding of school and fine arts initiatives

Recently Directed Shows:
Rebel Without A Cause The Out-of-Door Academy 2010
The Secret Life of Girls The Out-of-Door Academy 2010
Middle Class The Out-of-Door Academy 2010
The Wizard of Oz The Out-of-Door Academy 2010
*Groupz:/:! The Out-of-Door Academy/Asolo Repertory 2009
Rumors The Out-of-Door Academy 2009

Voice Teacher/Music Director
The Out-of-Door Academy  (2005-2007)
* Taught vocal technique and competition literature to Drama Club students aged 13-18
* Coordinated, conducted and directed rehearsals for musical and operetta productions
* Designed vocal exercises to help overcome each individual’s vocal challenges
* Individually coached students to better vocally negotiate challenging parts/sections/roles
* Assisted in preparing students for regional and statewide IE competitions

Singer
Boston Lyric Opera (1999-2004)
*Prepared and performed chorus and comprimario roles

Education

New England Conservatory of Music

Master of Music, Applied Voice (Vocal Performance), 1999
summa cum laude
Thesis: Dramatic development in early Italian opera
note - Graduate Recital Performed Spring 2002
Master of Music, Opera Studies, 1999
summa cum laude
Intensive year of practical stage training classes, including Directing, Stage Combat, Movement, Audition Prep, Light/Sound Board Engineering, Costuming, and Stage Makeup

Activities and Societies: Opera Program, Voice Teaching Assistantship, Voice Department Scholarship, New England Conservatory of Music (1996-99)


The University of Connecticut 

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (Industrial)
Concentration in Organizational Psychology, 1992,
magna cum laude
Practicum: Corporate Human Research

Bachelor of Arts, Music (Vocal Performance)
Concentration in Applied Voice, 1992
magna cum laude
Thesis: Thematic development in German lieder from Mozart through Strauss

note: Financed 100% of education through scholarships, grants, and full/part-time employment

Activities and Societies: Honor Societies - Pi Kappa Lambda (1990), Music, University of Connecticut, Psi Chi (1989), Psychology, University of Connecticut, Golden Key (1990) Scholarships - Cross-discipline, University of Connecticut Merit Scholarships, Voice Department Scholarship, University of Connecticut Alumni Scholarship, Full (1989), University of Connecticut Alumni Scholarship, Partial (1990), Victor Borge Fine Arts Scholarship, University of Connecticut (1990)