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 directs ENCORE, 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, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, and symphony orchestra. Aside from his university responsibilities, Lewis music directs, composes, orchestrates, and arranges music for various theatres, bands, orchestras, and musicals. Some favorite projects have been orchestrating and music directing the National Tour and Off-Broadway premiere of The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters, The Musical, music directing and orchestrating Gypsy, at the Hangar Theatre in New York, for which he won a Broadway World Award for Best Music Direction; associate music directing the workshop of Romance in Hard Times with William Finn at the Barrington Stage Co.; composing music for Mockingbird, Wings of Ikarus and Jason Invisible-all of which were commissioned and premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He also composed the musicals Video Games: The Rock Opera, Irrational, and Soaring on Black Wings-a world premiere with Ben Vereen. Lewis keeps himself busy writing and music directing for several local theatre companies and performing with his big band, Accidentally Hip, throughout the Metro-Detroit area and recently 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