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Overview


Richard
Lisenby

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Overview


Richard
Lisenby

 

"Richard Lisenby as Dan kept the household going by not giving in to his own emotions. His character goes through an arc that takes you by surprise at the end. His pop tenor was effortless in "I've Been" and the trio of "You Don't Know/I am the One”... a vocal highlight." - Kathryn Kitt (Broadway World)

"If I saw you on the street, I would never expect you to sing like that!" - Cesar Rocha (Judge NYMF Next Broadway Sensation) 

 

Parade - It's Hard To Speak My Heart

Shenandoah - The Only Home I Know

Children of Eden - In Whatever Time We Have

Sweeney Todd - Not While I'm Around 

The Mikado - A Wandring Minstrel I

As an undergraduate I had two majors. Music was primary and Communication Studies was secondary. I thought that I loved music (and the theatre that coincided) because of the beauty of the sound. I labored for hours in a practice room to create the perfect sound. Meanwhile as I delved deeper into my communication degree, I was taught that everything is an argument at some level. Every human being is making a case for some sort of cause. People are communicating at all times even if they are not conscious of it. Everything down to the way I sit is an argument. I might sit up tall while in a business meeting to make a non-verbal argument that I am actively engaged.

As I started to understand the rhetoric of everyday life I slowly realized that I didn't love music for its beautiful sounds alone, but for its communicative properties. Everything's an argument after all! As an artist, I now think a good performance is a successful argument, and an excellent argument has the power to change a person. In music, a beautiful sound certainly plays a part in a successful argument but it is just one aspect of a much larger and more beautiful attempt to touch the audience at a profound level.

Story telling through theater has the power to change a heart and as an artist I strive to connect with people who desire to better our world through the medium of music and theatre.