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Lisa DeSpain

2018 Toulmin Discovery Grant Recipient
NYC Based, Utah Native
Current projects:
THAT HELL-BOUND TRAIN, based on the short story by Robert Bloch (PSYCHO). Libretto by David Simpatico (THE SCREAMS OF KITTY GENOVESE) and our Dramaturge is the fabulous Cori Ellison!

Utah Opera's "Golden Spike" Commission: NO LADIES IN THE LADIES BOOK, libretto by Rachel Peters, a chamber opera highlighting women's contributions to the transcontinental railroad.

A GRACIOUS PLENTY: a Southern Ghost story about the imperfect nature of humanity and our capacity to forgive.

STORYVILLE - (lyrics by Oscar Award-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez; FROZEN) set during final days of New Orlean's famous legalized red-light district.

SYMPHONIC JAZZ ETUDES: Barlow Commission for a concert work for solo piano (2019) Scott Holden, pianist.

LIKE I CARE, (lyrics by Sara Wordsworth - IN TRANSIT) a contemporary pop, musical theatre work for young performers addressing issues of bullying and false fame via the Internet.

Additional tidbits:
Professor of Music and Theatre at LaGuardia Community College - CUNY
Published choral arranger (Alfred, Hal Leonard) of Broadway's HAMILTON, Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT, ONCE, NEXT TO NORMAL and more.
Trained as a jazz pianist under Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans.
And I'm passionate about coffee.
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