What I Do at SSU
I presently serve on the vocal faculty at Sonoma State University, where I teach voice lessons.
In addition to Sonoma State University, M. Jane Erwin (fka Jane Erwin Hammett) is on the faculty at San Francisco Conservatory of Music as Stage Director for the Pre-College Division. Ms. Erwin is a longtime teaching artist at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT), where she has taught singing, acting and musical theater. She has performed across the U.S. and in San Francisco in two national companies of The Phantom of the Opera, as well as sung many leading roles with Bay Area opera and theater companies. Her outstanding performances have earned two Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Awards and a Drama-Logue Award for appearances with San Francisco’s Lamplighters Music Theatre. She is known for her fearless portrayals of coloratura heroines, such as a roller skating Olympia (The Tales of Hoffmann), a hula-hooping Cunegonde (Candide), and a cartwheeling Valencienne (The Merry Widow). As a stage director, she has helmed productions for Sonoma State University, Island City Opera, Lamplighters Music Theatre, Pocket Opera, SF Opera Guild’s Opera á la Carte, and the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton, England. For her 2016 direction of Ruddygore she received a Theatre Bay Area Awards nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Musical. Her passion is to help vocal and performing artists become wholehearted storytellers and communicators through their craft.