R. MacKenzie Lewis has composed, arranged and served as music director for dozens of Eastern Michigan University Theatre productions. He is a lecturer in the School of Music and Dance as well. He's the music director and co-executive director for 8th Wonder Productions at the Cherry Hill Theatre in Canton, Michigan. He has also served as music director and performed with the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Northville’s Tipping Point Theatre, the Williamston Theatre in Lansing and the Plaza Casino in Las Vegas. 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:
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'.
In between moments of chaos you can catch Ryan practicing harmonica or mowing the lawn at his home with his beautiful wife Kate and their son Jack.