Missouri State University
After a successful run as “Heidi Hansen” in DEAR EVAN HANSEN on Broadway, Lisa is teaching and directing full-time at Missouri State University. She was recently profiled in the University Blog, and in a lovely video featuring her experience on Broadway.
Putting It All Out There
Live theatre can shine a spotlight on social issues, provide insight to emotional situations or offer escape from everyday life. Lisa Brescia’s most recent production – Dear Evan Hansen – delves into raw, emotional issues like loneliness, mental illness and social anxiety all while managing to be incredibly uplifting. Learn more about Lisa Brescia and how she brings her Broadway experience into the classroom at mindseye.missouristate.edu.
How to Sing the Most Heartbreaking Song in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
“Tony-winning best musical “Dear Evan Hansen” continues breaking hearts on Broadway nightly, in no small part due to the act 2 tearjerker “So Big/So Small.” Sung to Evan by his mother Heidi, the tune is arguably the emotional climax of an entirely emotional show and for that reason, the temptation for the actor to self-serve looms. But Lisa Brescia, who’s portrayed the single mother full-time since August (replacing Rachel Bay Jones, who won a Tony for the role), insists that making the moment about oneself is not only indulgent, it’s boring…”
INTERVIEW: Mallory Bechtel and Lisa Brescia Meet Evan Hansen
Mallory Bechtel and Lisa Brescia have seen Dear Evan Hansen from a number of perspectives. Both actors almost took part in workshops of it. Both saw the show as audience members. And both served as vacation covers for the roles they’re playing now, Zoe Murphy and Heidi Hansen, early in the Broadway run. Bechtel, fresh off her high school graduation, and Brescia, a former leading lady of Mamma Mia! and Wicked and currently a professor of acting at Missouri State University, are putting their academic pursuits on hold to take in the view from a Broadway stage.
Live at Five
Broadway.com #LiveatFive with Lisa Brescia of DEAR EVAN HANSEN
BWW Interview: Good For Her! Lisa Brescia Steps Into Heidi’s Scrubs as DEAR EVAN HANSEN’s New Matriarch
Does anybody have a map for replacing a Tony-winning actor in running Broadway show? The road isn’t easy, but Lisa Brescia has traveled it before. Earlier this week, the Broadway veteran joined the company of Dear Evan Hansen as ‘Heidi Hansen,’ marking her return to Broadway after six years since departing the cast of Mamma Mia!. Brescia succeeds Rachel Bay Jones, who played her final performance on August 5, 2018.
Dear Evan Hansen
Lisa will be returning to the Broadway stage to play “Heidi Hansen” in the Tony Award winning production of DEAR EVAN HANSEN!
Teaching from Experience
Assistant Professor Lisa Brescia has appeared in seven Broadway productions. “How can we truthfully live under imaginary circumstances on stage?” asks Lisa Brescia, assistant professor in the department of theatre and dance. It’s the essential question for a professional actor, she says. “Honestly living in the world of the play as someone else, seemingly effortlessly, is the job.” And she says, “How I prepare may be different from other people; I’ve found what works best for me.”
Home Street Home
Lisa will be joining a star-studded group of artists this summer up at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut. She will be in the developmental workshop production of Home Street Home, a new punk-rock musical written by Soma Snakeoil, Fat Mike, David Goldsmith and Jeff Marx. Directed by Richard Israel.
Will Rogers Follies
Lisa recently completed the critically acclaimed production of The Will Rogers Follies at the Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, co-starring as Betty Blake with the show’s star, David Lutken, as Will Rogers. Directed by DJ Salisbury.