Eastern Michigan University
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R. Mackenzie Lewis

Part-Time Lecturer, Musical Theatre Accompanist

R. Mackenzie Lewis 128 Quirk




  • BA - Music Education, Eastern Michigan University
  • MA - Music Theory and Literature, Eastern Michigan University

Professional Associations/Memberships

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 106 /MUSC 106 - Introduction to the Performing Arts
  • MUSC 107 - Music Appreciation
  • MUSC 118 - Music Literature I
  • MUSC 128 - Music Literature II
  • CTAC 124 - Foundations of Speech Communication

Accompaniment/Musical Direction

  • CTAR 379 - Styles/Musical Theatre Performance
  • CTAR 461 - Musical Theatre Acting
  • CTAR 471 - Musical Theatre Workshop
  • MUSC 477 - Opera Workshop



R. MacKenzie Lewis has composed, arranged and served as music director for dozens of Eastern Michigan University theatre productions. He also serves as adjunct lecturer with the Departments of Music and Dance, and of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts. He supervises ENORE, a musical theatre troupe touring secondary schools and performing at numerous area locations. He has also composed and arranged music for EMU’s marching band and jazz ensemble and symphony orchestra. Aside from his university responsibilities, Ryan music directs, composes, orchestrates, and arranges music for various theaters, bands, orchestras, and musicals. Recent works include composing the new work The Wings of Ikarus Jackson at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., orchestrating and music directing the National Tour and Off-Broadway premiere of The Berenstain Bears LIVE: Family Matters, composing Video Games: The Rock Opera and the world premiere musical with Ben Vereen, Soaring on Black Wings. Lewis is also the coexecutive director for 8th Wonder Theatre, a Michigan based summer stock providing workshops for advanced high school musical theatre students and combining them with college students, local professionals and New York professionals in a musical production that raises scholarship money for Eastern Michigan University's musical theatre area. He keeps himself busy by writing and performing in a wide variety of venues and genres and recently performed in the Las Vegas production of Ain't Misbehavin'.

The Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344