Looking at the number of hit musicals Lisa Brescia has performed in, I realize a few things: one, she has serious taste, two, she loves musical theater, and three, she is one of the more talented stars we have. But you shouldn’t take my word for it. You should head to Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box and see her perform with heartbreaking sincerity and power as Heidi Hansen. Before this, Lisa offered her brilliant interpretation of the ABBA songbook in the hit musical Mamma Mia!, then belted high in the sky as Elphaba in the now-classic Wicked. Her other credits, including Aida, The Times They Are a- Changin’ and The Woman in White, prove a serious versatility. We could go on, but we’ll let Lisa take it from here… On the Couch!
What do you consider to be your best asset?
I have a fierce determination when it comes to personal growth and living a purposeful life.
What was your proudest moment?
The day I received my MFA in Classical Acting in 2014 (I’d gone back to grad school after a Broadway career). My classmates had elected me to give a speech at the ceremony, my husband was there celebrating with me, and I couldn’t stop grinning.
What is your favorite drink?
Iced green tea.
What is your favorite food?
What is your favorite condiment?
Weirdly, it’s tartar sauce.
What is your current obsession?
If you could give up one of your vices, what would it be?
Netflix. I would have so much more time!
What is the one professional accomplishment you long for most?
To see my students graduate at Missouri State University, to see them filled with curiosity, confidence, self-esteem and generosity of spirit.
What is the one thing you waste too much money on?
What is the one activity you waste too much time doing?
Again, it’s Netflix. I love documentaries and get addicted to crime dramas…I get obsessed!
What do you consider to be the single greatest threat to your health?
Worrying about things I can’t control (I’m working on it!).
What is the single best trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
A deep appreciation for music.
What is the single worst trait you inherited or learned from your parents?
The tendency toward harsh self-criticism.
What in the world most thrills you?
Seeing a student be brave and take a leap artistically.
What current trend in popular culture most irritates you?
What was the single most embarrassing moment you’ve ever experienced on the job?
Asking a very successful Broadway producer, “Is this your son?” The young man was his date. Nice going, Brescia.
What is your favorite place in the world?
In my husband’s embrace.
What is the most important trait you seek in a romantic partner?
Emotional intelligence combined with humor.
Do you prefer the company of dogs or cats?
Love em’ both, but I’ve got to admit I’ve got a thing for pups.
What would have to happen to make today the best day of your life?
Nothing fancy, that’s for sure. Quiet time with my sweetie, our dog, and a chance to contribute in a meaningful way.
What is your personal motto?
Risk, fail, risk again.