“…rich and expressive voice”
“Her voice is powerful and dramatic…without a doubt a talent to be watched and, indeed, reckoned with.”
Alisha began taking singing lessons at the age of 10, and spent her elementary and highschool years in a variety of choirs and ensembles, playing lead roles in several musicals, working in theatre young companies and competing in local music festivals. It was after an emotional performance of Jesus Christ Superstar that she made a decision to pursue performance as her life’s path.
After a year in the BFA musical theatre program at the University of Windsor, she transferred to McGill University, where she studied with Winston Purdy and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in classical Voice Performance. She later studied voice with Broadway coach Susan Eichhorn Young and now coaches with Elizabeth Koch (McGill) and John Gilbert. Alisha completed the Summer Intensive Acting Program at the Neighborhood Playhouse in 2013, and also had the fortune of studying Meisner technique briefly with the late Jacqueline McClintock.
A versatile performer, she has appeared in musicals, operettas, Shakespearean plays, and worked as a character voice over artist for video and computer games. She is an experienced swing dancer who spent several years training in numerous workshops with internationally recognized instructors, and performing in a number of shows with the well reputed Swinging Air Force (Studio 88 Swing) in Montreal, primarily as a singer. In 2010, she placed first and second in the Pro-Am division of the Canadian Swing Championships and International Lindy Hop Championships.
She also has made forays into singing jazz, most notably with swing ensemble Swing Rencontre, which appeared at the Montréal Festival en Lumière and in collaboration with the Festival de Jazz de Québec.
In addition to performing, Alisha is also a skilled writer, both in prose and poetry. Defying Irregularity, her parody of Defying Gravity, the iconic song from Stephen Schwartz’ musical Wicked, was one of a only few videos featured on the Ellen Degeneres show for Ellen’s Bathroom Concert Series in the spring of 2009 and has received several thousand hits on youtube.
In the summer of 2010, she co-wrote and co-produced a poetry/dance/music collaboration called Get Happy, with poet Nick Power which was performed as part of the Figure of Speech series at the Majlis Theatre in Toronto, and subsequently at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2011. A proud member of SOCAN, 2013 marked her first official published songwriting credit for A Prince’s Shadow on Jonathan Davis‘ album, Open Shore. She has been published both online and in print and continues to write both creatively and commercially, including as a reviewer for Montreal Theatre Hub.
She has produced several multi-genre cabarets including her solo show, Single Serving Package, presented in Toronto (The Rivoli), Montreal (Le Balcon), and New York City (Don’t Tell Mama) to enthusiastic audiences. Collaborators for this show and several others include talented artists such as Evan Champagne, Darryn DeSouza (Music Director for Juno award-winning, triple-Platinum selling artists The Tenors), Chad Linsley, Dror Baitel, Gordon Webster, Andrew Nemr, and Nathan Madden.
Selected theatre credits: Ulla (The Producers), Velma (Hairspray), Sally Bowles (Cabaret), Fantine (Les Mis), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Wendy (Peter Pan), Narrator (Joseph), Gianetta (The Gondoliers)