Lori Lusted, Class of 2008
Lori Lusted is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. She is thankful to have grown up in a household where she was inspired by her parents, who are both professional musicians. Her father is a Classical guitarist and her mother is a private piano instructor, church organist, and choir director.
Lori holds a B.M. in Vocal Music Education and a B.A. in German from Centenary College of LA. Her undergraduate degrees afforded her the opportunity to teach for two years as a middle and high school choir and drama teacher before continuing on to grad school to pursue her first love, performing. Lori graduated from Oklahoma City University (OCU) with a M.M. in Music Theater in May 2012.
Directly after graduating, Lori played Roxie Hart in Chicago and Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown with McLeod Summer Playhouse in Carbondale, IL. She then played the leading role of Katie Lapp in a new musical called The Confession (based on The New York Times Bestseller of the same name) with Blue Gate Musicals. Lori returned to McLeod to perform the roles of Jeanie in Hair and Grace Farrell in Annie for the Summer 2013 season. Most recently, she made her NYC debut with Atlantis! The Musical as part of the Emerging Artist's Theatre New Works Series. Currently, she is in rehearsals for an exciting, steampunk version of Oliver! with The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, NY.
Lori loves performing both music theater and opera and performed in Light Opera Oklahoma’s Evita (Mistress), Trouble in Tahiti (Trio Soprano), and The Light in the Piazza. With Shreveport Opera she performed in Carousel, Carmen, Manon Lescaut, and Cosi Fan Tutte, as well as the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors. OCU credits include Carrie the Musical (Carrie), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary Magdalene (u/s)/ Herod Dancer), and the Opernprobe (Die Baronin). Previous favorite credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Millie), Clue the Musical (Miss Scarlet), La Rondine (Lisette), and L’Enfant et les Sortilèges (Le Feu). She has also performed the soprano solos in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Missa Brevis and most recently, Mozart's Mass in C minor.
She is now based in NYC and is pursuing her dreams to build a career as a musical theater actress.