As a performer, Alisa appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie (Alice), Grease! (Frenchy), and in the original cast of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast (Silly Girl). Some of her favorite regional and stock roles include Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Theatre-By-The-Sea), Judy in A Chorus Line at Stages St. Louis, and Her/Barb in Romance/Romance at the Fulton Opera House. Other theatre credits include shows at Paper Mill Playhouse, Seven Angels Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita and the Goodspeed Opera House. She is a graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory Of Music with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
In 2014 Alisa was nominated for a National Primetime EMMY award for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for her song “No Trouble” from A Christmas Carol – The Concert (PBS). With music by Bob Christianson, she wrote the book adaptation and lyrics for this symphonic retelling of the Dickens classic. Also for television she has written lyrics, with composer Stephen Sislen, for the Disney Channel’s Johnny And The Sprites. For the theatre she has written the short musical The Weather Man with composer Philip Palmer, which had its world premiere at the New Works Festival at Clear Space Productions in Delaware. She also wrote an original song (music and lyrics) for the Weston Playhouse production of Stuart Little. Her cabaret songs have been heard in various venues around the country including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Ars Nova and Joe’s Pub in New York City, and in Dayton, Ohio at the Encore Theatre Company’s Big Fat Concert Series.
Alisa is currently on the faculty at Michigan State University in the Theatre Department teaching private voice in addition to doing outreach and engagement for Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. She is trained in Somatic Voicework – The Lovetri Method (TM) and teaches a functional approach to voice training specializing in contemporary commercial music.
Her directing and choreography credits include productions of Chicago, Into The Woods, Urinetown, Hairspray, The Sound of Music, Seussical JR, Beauty and The Beast JR, A Year With Frog and Toad KIDS, and Thoroughly Modern Millie JR.