Roberta is an award winning musical director, vocal coach, producer, and Broadway performer. Scroll through for all the details!
“Roberta speaks “voice” in a way that singers can truly wrap their heads- and voices- around. Her focus on both vocal technique and the ability to communicate a piece’s true intent is remarkable. She has the extremely rare gift of helping a singer get out of his or her own way, and- in so doing- helps them to discover vocal potential they didn’t realize they had. Working with her has been the single most affective thing I’ve done for my voice in Chicago."
-Summer Naomi Smart, Wicked Chicago, Jeff-Award Winner
She was the on-set vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman for the 2012 feature film Les Misérables, as well as the 2013 Academy Award performance.
A former Broadway and national touring performer herself,
Roberta teaches privately at her two voice studios
in Chicago and Westmont, Illinois.
She musical directed and composed additional vocal and instrumental arrangements for Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL, and is currently the US Music Supervisor for Six: The Musical on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
She performed on Broadway in Ragtime (Mother) and several national tours, including Scrooge (Christmas Past) with Richard Chamberlain, Showboat (Magnolia/Ellie), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), which she also played in the sit-down Chicago production.
As a vocalist, she can be heard on numerous cast recordings, including her debut solo CD “Intersections”, ”Second City Divas," and "Second City Divas: Live at the Mercury." She was a featured soloist at the prestigious Ravinia Festival, where she also performed with Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald in A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George.
Roberta is pleased to share the news that she will be performing in a one-night only benefit concert with the Original Broadway company of RAGTIME on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th St.). This celebratory benefit concert will star original cast members, with six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald (“Sarah”) and two-time Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Coalhouse Walker, Jr.)
After eight years as adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago, the Indiana University graduate now visits universities, colleges, and high schools around the country to share her expertise and train the next generation of musical theatre artists.
Roberta is also co-owner of Regarding Actors, LLC, which guides young actors to their highest level of success by developing their skill set, tapping into confidence, and providing the tools needed to continue or start a career in show business. She has created her own VOCAL BOOT CAMP to encourage and coach her students to sing all styles now in year 5!
It's all in the family! Roberta is married to acclaimed photographer Brett Beiner. Looking for new headshots, production stills, or publicity shots? Visit Brett Beiner Photography to learn more.
"Roberta hasn’t just been a voice teacher to me, she’s kinda been like a second mom. I’ve been seeing Roberta for close to five years now, and she has taught me everything I know about music. Since I’ve started seeing Roberta, I’ve gained confidence and so many skills. To say that I’m thankful for Roberta would be an understatement.
She quite literally changed my life in the best way possible,
and I can’t imagine it without her."
-Maya Hlava, Steppenwolf (The Wheel), Writers Theatre (Trevor), Drury Lane (White Christmas and Bye-Bye Birdie), and Court Theatre (Secret Garden)