Maripat Davis

Co-Founder of the Actors & Singers Studio, Singer, Dancer, Actress, Recording Artist and Voice Coach

“Singing and acting, for me, is a way of giving and reaching out. I like to touch and move people, and I like to be touched and moved. Performing is my way.”

Maripat Davis is a singer, dancer, actress, recording artist and vocal coach, and she has an impressive array of credits in a multitude of mediums including film, television, theater, concerts, nightclubs, and radio. She has worked professionally since her teens, and is a member of both the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.

Recording and Concerts:

As a solo performer and recording artist, Maripat has worked with Grammy Award-winning producer James Stroud. Her recordings made impressive showings on the Billboard and national charts, and earned her a Top Female Vocalist nomination by the Major Independent Record Industry Awards. Maripat was managed by well-known veteran talent executive Bill Boyd, of Dick Clark Productions, until his untimely death. Maripat has performed in concert with such legendary singers as Garth Brooks, John Denver and Dolly Parton. She was a guest artist at Farm Aid V and VI, where she was accompanied by Willie Nelson, and has also been a featured performer at the Florida Suncoast Dome, the renowned Nashville Palace, and the Universal Amphitheater, to name just a few. Many first saw Maripat perform during her live performances on TV’s Nashville Now, numerous celebrity telethons, and major fairs throughout the country. Currently, Maripat is recording a new EP entitled All of Me, which will be released in March, 2017.

Musical Theatre, Cabaret and Nightclubs:

On stage, Maripat has starred in many musical theater productions, including playing the sassy role of Val in A Chorus Line and Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy. As a teenager, Maripat teamed up with her parents, both Broadway performers, in a nightclub act known as Variations, that toured throughout California. Later, Maripat created a cabaret act with her mother. Known as Mama/Me, they performed at many prominent cabarets and nightclubs, including The Improv and The Gardenia, in Hollywood. More recently, Maripat starred in a hit revival of the Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow. She was cast as Sharon, who falls in love with Woody, played by talented singer and actor Richard Osborn. Maripat and Richard’s onstage chemistry and humorous rapport was such a hit, that after the show concluded, they decided to team up in their own cabaret act. Known as Davis-Osborn, their fun and entertaining shows celebrate life, love and romance. They have played to sold-out audiences at top nightclubs including The Gardenia, Vitello's, Sterling's Upstairs at The Federal, the Ten20 Club, and The Vermont in Los Angeles; the Central California Cabaret Series (CCCS) with Broadway star Luba Mason; Billy Reed's, Azul's, and the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs; and the Laurie Beechman Theater in New York City. 

 

Television and Film:

Maripat’s film credits include featured roles in Thunder Run, the American Film Institute’s Love in the Lab, and a co-starring role in the award-winning documentary 2 + 6 -1. Television audiences may remember Maripat as the vivacious red-headed singing and dancing waitress in the long-running CBS commercial for the hit series Murphy Brown. Other TV credits include several guest appearances on the popular live TV variety show Nashville Now on TNN, and the starring role as the singer-actress in the TV pilot Here We Go Again, in which she also sang the theme song.

Show Biz Family:

That Maripat pursued a career in show business is not really surprising. In fact, it is a family tradition. Maripat’s father, Charles Davis, was a young actor in Dublin, Ireland, when he was cast to play the role of Og the leprechaun, in the Broadway production of Finian’s Rainbow. He went on to appear in over a thousand performances in both the Broadway and national touring company productions of the show. In the show, Og falls in love with Sharon, the show’s leading lady. In a case of life imitating art, Charles was soon smitten by actress Marilyn O’Connor, who played the young lass. One thing led to another, and before you can say “Glocca Mora,” the two began a life-long love affair. After moving to Hollywood, Charles appeared in countless movies, TV shows and stage productions, before becoming an award-winning screenwriter, director and producer. He also was the artistic director of the Hollywood School of Drama, for many years. Marilyn also appeared in many movie, stage and television productions, including guest-starring roles on hit TV series such as Frasier, ER, MAD TV, In Living Color, Joey, Seventh Heaven, The George Lopez Show, Raising Hope, and American Horror Story.

Teaching:

As a teacher, Maripat brings a wealth of professional experience, a unique background, and an impressive array of credits. Maripat has worked in all mediums (theatre, film, television, commercials, concerts, nightclubs and radio) and in many genres (pop, country, musical theater, standards and jazz). In addition to vocal coaching and vocal technique, she also incorporates the element of movement into her lessons. She works individually with her students on staging and choreography for their musical numbers, especially when preparing them for the Singers Showcases that are offered throughout the year. She also helps prepare students for auditions and performances. Maripat discovered her love of teaching at 16, when the instructor of her advanced jazz dance class, became ill. She asked Maripat to fill in for her, and afterwards, the students asked Maripat if she would be teaching her own dance classes. Intrigued with the idea, Maripat began teaching dance, while persuing her own career. As her singing career flourished, once again, people started asking if she would teach vocal lessons. Since then, she has taught hundreds of students ranging in age from 5 to 85, from beginners to working professionals. Maripat’s love of teaching prompted her to co-found the Actors & Singers Studio with her father, actor-writer-director Charles Davis.

All photos Copyright Jon Gordon Photography.

Allan Hunt

Actor, Director, Acting Coach

Allan Hunt began his professional career as a young actor on such classic TV hits as The Donna Reed Show, My Three Sons, Leave It To Beaver, Dennis The Menace, Gunsmoke, and The Munsters. He has continued to act in many TV series and movies, including Voyage To The Bottom of the Sea, Arnie, and the second Love Boat series, with Robert Urich. Fans of ABC's General Hospital, will remember him as attorney Richard Clayton, a role he played for over three years. He also played the character of Dr. Brent Forrester on CBS's The Young and Restless. Allan has also appeared in over 700 TV commercials.

In addition to his work as an actor, Allan is a highly accomplished director. He has been the recipient of three Backstage West awards for Best Director for such diverse works as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Hello Dolly, and That Championship Season, in Los Angeles. In 1994, he was hired by the Cabrillo Music Theatre and the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, to direct their very first production, Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. In the ensuing 16 years, he has directed 20 more shows at the Civic Arts Plaza, including Cyrano deBergerac, On Golden Pond, Cabaret, Love Letters, A Christmas Carol, Grease, Hair, Oliver!, and The Boys in Autumn. He received a Directing Garland Award for Best Director by Backstage West, for his distinguished work on The Fantasticks.

Allan has also been a guest director for numerous productions of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival at California Lutheran University, directing such classics as The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Ceaser, The Comedy of Errors, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Allan is currently the Artistic Director of the Thousand Oaks Repertory Company, whose productions can be seen at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. He also heads the Performing Arts Program at Oak Park High School, recently named as one of the top 100 high schools in America, by Newsweek Magazine. He teaches classes in Shakespeare, History of Theatre, The American Musical, Acting, and Video in Production.

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