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Classical Voice Faculty: Leenya Rideout

Leenya Rideout has appeared on Broadway in Cyrano de Bergerac with  Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner and directed by David Levaux, John Doyle's Company as Jenny, and the 1998 revival of Cabaret (original cast) directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. Off-Broadway credits include The Eternal Anniversary at the 59 E. 59th St.-Summer Shorts Festival, Yiddle with a Fiddle  at the American Jewish Theatre, The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show  by Mel Marvin at the Melting Pot Theatre Company, and Cowgirls  at the Minetta Lane Theatre.  She performed with Donna Murphy in the workshop of the new musical Laughing Matters.  She has performed theater regionally at ART in Cambridge, MA in Charles Mee's new play Cardenio based on the lost play of Shakespeare, Summer of 42 at Mill Mountain Theater, The Canterbury Tales at the Guthrie Theater, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls  at North Carolina Theatre, Avenue X at Cincinnati Playhouse & Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Honky Tonk Highway at The Florida Studio Theatre, and Julie in Carousel at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Leenya toured the U.S., Canada, and Asia as Eliza Doolittle in  My Fair Lady.   She can be seen in such films as Mona Lisa Smile,  Loser,  Bittersweet, and The Singing Biologist and her Television credits include the PBS Great Performance Broadcasts of Company, Cyrano de Bergerac, and My Favorite Broadway, USA Network's Nashville Star, and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.  

Leenya's concert work includes The Induction of Tennessee Williams into the St. John the Divine Poet's Corner with Olympia Dukakis and Vanessa Redgrave,  Wall to Wall Broadway at Symphony Space, Nothing Like a Dame 2007,  and Bringing Broadway Back Home with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra with her brother, tenor Vale Rideout.  She won the silver medal and the Johnny Mercer Award in 2008 in the Savannah Music Festival's American Traditions Vocal Competition. As a singer/songwriter. Leenya writes and performs comedy with the Country-Western "sister" trio, The Chalks and for The Symphony Space Thalia Follies with Isaiah Sheffer.   As a fiddle player and vocalist/arranger, she has performed in bands such as The RoSSies, Finn's Fury, Gael Force, and the Neil Scott Johnson Band.  

Now a Manhattan resident, where she lives with her husband, actor Ted Koch, she is a native of the Rocky Mountains where she grew up playing folk, country, and bluegrass.  She is an honor graduate of the University of Colorado School of Music with a voice performance major, studying voice with Dr. Barbara Doscher, and a violin performance minor, studying violin with Oswald Lehnert and Suzuki pedagogy with William Starr.  She studies acting with Michael Howard. Leenya is a proud member of Actor's Equity, the Screen Actor's Guild, the American Federation of Musicians, AFTRA, and ASCAP.