“Portrayed beautifully by Jackie Maraya Griffin,
it's hard to imagine the part played better."
- Fine Arts Radio
Meet Miss Jackie
Jackie Maraya Griffin is a Broadway veteran that has been blessed to work with award winning artists in all over the world. She booked her first professional show in the German company of Miss Saigon when she was 20 years old and never stopped working since. Favorite roles of Alexi, Mimi & Dance Captain for the Broadway National Tour of RENT where she had the honor of being in the final cast to work with the original creative team.
Jackie received rave reviews for her portrayal of Tuptim in multiple productions of The King & I (Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts & DCT in Connecticut) opposite Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams) & Josie De Guzman (Guys & Dolls). In San Francisco, Jackie played the role of Mei Lei in Flower Drum Song opposite Jennifer Ann Lee (A Chorus Line) and Jared Lee (EvanTube) at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. She was a principal singer in the international tour of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Music of the Night. Her swan song before becoming a Mom was the was The Wiz at the La Jolla Playhouse, starring Tony winner Nikki James (Book of Mormon), David Alan Grier (In Living Color), Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and directed by Tony award winning director Des MacAnuff. Other regional credits include Godspell, Once Upon A Mattress, Jekyll and Hyde, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Ragtime, and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Outside theatre, Jackie was featured as Andrea on the ABC series LOST opposite Matthew Fox. She has headlined in concerts with world famous recording artists and movie stars from the Philippines such as Christopher De Leon, Martin Nivera and Kuh Ledesma. She is a Christian worship leader and performed at numerous corporate events with her husband in their Hawaiian Band, Pu’uwai. Jackie was part of the recording cast of NHO Music's Steadfast Love with Dream Records. In 2012, she was the winner of Hawaii Stars, the islands' version of American Idol.
Jackie has been a vocal teacher and coach for over 20 years. She was the assistant director and vocal coach for the Show Choir Triton’s Triple Threat and The Honor’s Choir at the Preuss School, UCSD. She was also the music and performing arts director at St. Charles Borromeo Academy. Jackie has taught musical theater & audition technique workshops, master classes on vocal technique and private voice at performing arts studios throughout San Diego (SDMT) and Hawaii (NHO YPAC). She has produced numerous student showcases featuring her students' flourishing talent. She is a proud member the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and served as a judge for Broadway San Diego's High School Musical Theatre Awards (Jimmy Awards).
Jackie’s biggest and all time favorite role is mother to her 3 beautiful children, Ka’eo Jr., Koa & Hoku. Her eldest son was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Her journey as a wife, mom, and Autism Advocate has written a new melody into her life’s song.
The Next Generation
Our Special Angel
Every showcase is dedicated to this special soul who inspires everyone who learns of his autism journey to search for the light. Please view his facebook page to learn more about AUTISM AWARENESS.
Our Music Man
With PITCH PERFECT ears, this budding musician, composer, song writer and beat boxer is a force to be reckoned with! Check out his facebook page & follow on IG @koajacobgriffin to see his
musical journey .
Miss Jackie's MINI ME...this little bright star certainly lives up to her name! Follow her on IG @marayahokugriffin and check out her HELLO HOKU facebook page to see what this industry kid is up to.
DAYS ON THE STAGE
From Germany, New York, Hawaii and across the country and ocean from stage to screen...
CREDENTIALS & AWARDS
Apprenticeship with Master Voice Teacher Edward Sayegh
Musical Theater & Vocal Performance SDSU
Broadway San Diego High School Musical Theater Awards Judge (Jimmy Awards)
2019 TOP HAT Award - Phil Am BID
"Jackie and I taught together at one of the best schools in America and built one of the finest show choirs in California. Her work with our students was beyond remarkable; it was absolutely magical. Without reservation, I highly recommend her as a vocal Instructor. Those who are fortunate enough study with her reach higher levels performance ability. That is why she is not only my esteemed colleague, but also my amazing vocal coach."
- Darren Ray Thorn, Music & Choir Director - Preuss School UCSD