Lisa Richard released her highly praised CD "Born to Entertain" in 2000 on the LML Music label. Her second CD, "Virgin Tracks," a collection of debut performances of songs from today's best songwriters, will release on April 9, 2002.
Originally from New York, Lisa has performed a variety of musical theatre roles, most notably Chlo in "Inside Out" at the Laguna Playhouse (Robby Award) and Ginger in "The 1940's Radio Hour" at Fullerton Civic Light Opera (Robby nomination). Most recently she starred as Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors" at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts outside San Diego. Other roles in regional theatre on both coasts include the Housewife in "Working," Sandy in "Grease," Hope in "Anything Goes," the Mistress in "Evita," Sister Robert Anne in "Nunsense," and Gloria in "Damn Yankees." Lisa also appeared in the premiere concert version of the new musical by Jill Santoriello, "A Tale of Two Cities," with actor Richard Kiley.
Several years ago, Lisa began performing her cabaret act at clubs in Los Angeles. She has appeared many times, to critical acclaim, at the prestigious Cinegrill at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, as well as Masquer's Caf?, the Saddleback Cabaret Series and other venues. She has appeared as a soloist in concert with such performers as Susan Egan, Dale Kristien, Amanda McBroom, Jason Graae, Carol Lawrence, Lee Lessack, Jo Anne Worley, and Bonnie Franklin. Her New York cabaret debut at the famed Don't Tell Mama cabaret club in Manhattan, where the Village Voice said of her performance: "So in your face she's practically in your lap as she rocks the room!" earned her Cabaret Hotline's Best of Cabaret 2000 Award.
Lisa has performed in a variety of other venues: she was featured as a soloist in Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, has recorded numerous industrials, has twice appeared as featured vocalist in Laguna Beach's famed Pageant of the Masters, and sang the national anthem for the Mighty Ducks at Anaheim Pond.
Lisa also performs on composer Adryan Russ' CD "Everyone Has A Story" from LML Music, and is featured in a duet with Susan Egan on her debut CD "Susan Egan - So Far..." from Jay Records.
Lisa holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Colgate University, as well as an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University. She gave up a successful corporate career a year ago to pursue her music full time, having spent eleven years with Toshiba Corporation. Her efforts as Vice President of Strategic Planning for that global company earned her numerous accolades and awards in the business world. Widely recognized as an industry expert in the world of e-commerce, she was featured on the cover of Information Week, as well as in such publications as Internet World, Fortune Magazine, and CIO Magazine. She resides in Laguna Beach, California, where she is one of the founding members of the local, non-profit community theatre, No Square Theatre, and continues to serve on the theatre's Advisory Board.