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SINGER
ACTOR
MOMAGER
ADVOCATE
COACH 

“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 all over the world.  A pop singer since she was in grade school, she found her love for musical theatre in high school and booked her first professional show Miss Saigon (German Company with Jon Jon Briones) when she was 19 and never stopped working since!  Jackie was also seen as Alexi and 1st Mimi cover for the Broadway National Tour of RENT and was in the final cast to work with the original creative team - directed by Tony winning director Micheal Grief.  She was also picked by choreographer Marlies Yearby as Dance Captain for the tour. 

 

Jackie legit soprano has been heard in her lovely portrayal of Tuptim in multiple regional productions of The King & I.  Her performance opposite Manu Narayan (Bombay Dreams) & Josie De Guzman (Guys & Dolls) at DCT in Connecticut received rave reviews. 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 seen 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 (Little Mermaid) and directed by Tony 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 filmed in O'ahu. She has headlined in concerts with 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 can be heard the recording 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 singing teacher and vocal coach for over 22 years and has produced numerous student showcases featuring her students' flourishing talent, many of whom have gone on to professional careers as performers and vocal coaches themselves (see Testimonials).  She was the assistant director and vocal coach for the show choir Triton’s Triple Threat at the Preuss School, UCSD and the music and performing arts director at St. Charles Borromeo Academy. Jackie has musical directed and conducted musical theater, audition technique and vocal master classes at performing arts companies throughout San Diego, Hawaii and Georgia.  She was a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and served as an adjudicator for Broadway San Diego's High School Musical Theatre Awards (Jimmy Awards).  In 2019, Mayor Kevin Faulconer & the Phil Am BID awarded Jackie with a TOP HAT Award for her outstanding work as professional in the San Diego AAPI Arts Community.

Jackie’s biggest and all time favorite role is mother to her 3 beautiful children: Ka’eo Jr. (her special angel) and Koa & Hoku (her 2 biz kidz).  Her eldest son, a non-speaker was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Her journey as a wife, mom, and autism speller advocate for those without a voice has written a new melody into her life’s song.

NURTURE
 The Next Generation 

KA'ĒO

Our Special Angel

Every showcase is dedicated to this special brilliant soul, Miss Jackie's first born...Ka'eo Jr.  As a minimal speaker.. his journey to finding and unlocking his voice has been beyond challenging BUT his story inspires everyone that learns of his autism journey  to search for the light.  Please follow his Facebook page Team Kaeo Jr  to learn more about AUTISM AWARENESS & his journey with S2C (Spelling to Communicate)  PRESUME COMPETENCE.

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KOA

Our Music Man

This music prodigy, composer, songwriter, drummer, pianist, uke player, rapper, actor, singer, beat boxer with perfect pitch is repped by Eris Talent, J Pervis Talent and Ivy Artists Management.  On stage, he has played the lead in many musicals such as Maui, Marlin, and currently Mufasa. 

On camera, Koa is a SAG-E actor that has lead numerous commercials and was featured with Tiffany Haddish on ABC's Kids Say the Darndest Things.  His viral video of My Shot was retweeeted by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself and officially made Koa a Hamilkid in 2019  @koajacobgriffin

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HŌKŪ

Our Shining Star

A SAG-E actress that has done numerous commericals for brands like Petco and Honda, and has movie with A-List celebs releasing globally an on Amazon prime in the Fall of 2024.  She's the voice of Lovie in the preschool animation My Friend Lovie and can also be heard soon on Nickelodeon.  A true Broadway Baby like her Mom, she's played several leads such as Matilda, Nemo and currently Rafiki

in The Lion King.  Hoku is repped by DDO Kids, J Pervis Talent and Ivy Artists Management @hokugriffin

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DAYS ON THE STAGE

from New York, Hawaii, Germany, California and across the country, ocean, stage and screen...

"Jackie's work with our students and show choirs were 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

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