Annie DiStefano 

Owner of Garden Street School
of the Performing Arts 


Annie DiStefano (Miss Annie)
Annie DiStefano is a native New Yorker, where she studied dance from the age of 5. She is a classically trained Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary dancer. She has been in many professional dance companies that have performed nationally, and is a choreographer for musical theatre, and dance performances. She was trained by the amazing Joe Istre, Jeff Edmond, Anne Reinking, Svetlana Katen-Noble, Shirlene Blake Neal and Alan Onickel. She has studied at The Cultural Arts Center, STEPS on Broadway, The Edge in LA, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and Fredonia School of Music. Annie is also a song writer and recording artist. She has worked with Broadway star Bert Michaels, Delia Wallis and Neal Tracy. Her song, "Inside Her Love" is featured in the indie feature film Calling It Quits. She also wrote songs and collaborated on the original Hoboken based musical, A Hoboken Tale.  DiStefano is an actress and has been involved in theatre, film and television for many years. Some of her highlights are working on Sex and the City, Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, and Zoolander. While living in LA, Annie was pop star "Tiffany's" acting coach. Annie has helped many up and coming performers in LA and NYC nail roles in T.V., film and theatre and Broadway! Annie is the Director of the award winning Annie Mac Dance Company which originated at Garden Street. Annie is also a consultant for actors and performers and helps guide their careers in the arts. If you or your child is interested in breaking into the business, please contact her directly. Her greatest accomplishments are her sons Finn Douglas and Jack Casey who are a part of the Garden St Family!  You can contact Annie at
Dan McLoughlin
Music Producer/Composer

Dan McLoughlin is a producer, engineer, composer for film and TV and a multi-instrumentalist. He has been in the music business for over twenty years and holds degrees in music and sound recording from Fredonia School of Music, Cum Laude. He began his producing career in Woodstock, NY at the world famous Dreamland Recording Studio, where he worked with Joe Jackson, Dinosaur Jr, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Breeders, to name a few. From there he went on to work in studios all over the country from The Hit Factory in NYC to Fort Apache in Boston, to Ocean Way in Los Angeles. He honed his skills, going wherever the music led him. In 1995, Dan made a leap from behind the console and onto center stage as a founding member of The Push Stars. Signed to Capitol Records in 1996, The Push Stars enjoyed a career spanning over 12 years with songs in major motion pictures such as "There’s Something About Mary", "Me, Myself & Irene", "The Devil Wears Prada", and TV shows such as "Malcolm In the Middle" and “Roswell”. The band toured the world including opening tours with artists such as Matchbox Twenty, Julian Lennon, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Martin Sexton. He kept engineering and producing between tours while continuing to produce albums for The Push Stars. His productions can be heard in several major motion pictures, from “Me, Myself and Irene” starring Jim Carrey, to the outstanding Independent film “Face”, chosen as a special selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He recently scored “Calling It Quits”, a feature film currently in the festival circuit.Dan is scoring the feature film "Jacob and I" which films in 2015. He is the writer and composer of the local hit musical "A Hoboken Tale" which he also originated the role of Mister Fabrini.


Dan is patient, easy to work with and uses his experience in classic analog recording and his knowledge of the latest in digital technology to create the best possible recording. Having been on both sides of the console, he understands how important the creative environment is to an artist. With that in mind, he built Garden Street Music, a recording studio combining the highest quality recording technology with a wide range of vintage guitars, amps, drums and keyboards for the sole purpose of making creative, great sounding recordings. Dan brings a laid back vibe to any session while making the most of studio time. Above all, Dan loves creating timeless music one project at a time.