Theatre and Music Departments Welcome Broadway Actress
Emory & Henry College, McGlothlin Center for the Arts —
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The Emory & Henry College departments of theatre and music will welcome Broadway actress Lisa Brescia to campus next week for a master class with performing arts students.
Brescia, who will be on campus from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, will work one-on-one with students on acting and vocal technique in a newly formed degree program offering a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre.
Brescia is an accomplished actress and vocalist having appeared on Broadway as Donna in Mamma Mia!, Elphaba in Wicked, Amneris in Aida, Cleo in The Times They Are A Changin’ and Marion in The Woman in White, a role she stepped in for to replace British stage star Maria Friedman.
Her credits on stages both in New York and across of the country are many and she toured internationally for five years with The Mamas and the Papas, including original members John Phillips and Denny Doherty. Brescia is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she was a member of the prestigious AADA Repertory Company, and she holds an M.F.A. in classical acting from Shakespeare Theatre of DC’s Academy for Classical Acting. She is married to Broadway composer and lyricist Craig Carnelia.
This marks the second major visit to Emory & Henry College from a Broadway professional following Tony Award Nominee Liz Callaway’s performance and master class last month in the new McGlothlin Center for the Arts.
Jeremiah Downes, assistant professor of musical theatre, says about Brescia’s visit, “Lisa is a brilliant and passionate performer and teacher. Her visit to Emory & Henry College is yet another example of the exciting and rapidly growing presence of the performing arts on this campus and the musical theatre program in particular.”