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, Ryan music directs, composes, orchestrates, and arranges music for various theaters, 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 Invisble--all of which 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, the world premiere musical 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 Misbehaving.