Risa Waldman is a proud Torontonian who has enjoyed an extensive career that has taken her far and wide! She has performed on stages throughout Canada & the U.S, and as far away as Japan. Musical Theatre has always been Risa’s passion! Some of her most fulfilling professional roles have included the Narrator in Joseph, Lola in Damn Yankees, Morales in A Chorus Line, Nicki in Sweet Charity and Jane/mother in the Canadian Premiere of Cagney! The Musical.
Risa’s many credits include several seasons with featured roles at the Shaw Festival (A Foggy Day, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Easy Virtue, She Loves Me), the Livent North American tour of Joseph…Dreamcoat (starring Donny Osmond) and productions with Drayton Entertainment (Evita, Little Me, Cagney!) Manitoba Theatre Centre/Theatre Calgary. (Evita), Stage West Calgary (Mid-Life Crisis, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Joseph…Dreamcoat), Port Hope (My Fair Lady) along with performing for Disney in Japan. She has always been a hoofer at heart and began her tap dance passion with the National Tap Dance Company’s production of a Tin Soldier.
When she is enjoying time at home, Risa pursues a solid TV/Film/Radio/Voice career with credits that include Zoe Busiek: Wildcard, Canadian Idol, The Gemini Awards, The Seder (international award winning short film), The Frog Prince (Canadian Film Centre), 2084, Mr. Baseball and Under the Sea (both in Japan) along with Sadie Thompson for CBC Radio plus various commercials & Jingles.
Choreography is a creative challenge Risa loves for both stage and screen. She has been fortunate to choreograph for YTV, The Gemini Awards with Dave Campbell and the film Song of Slomon (Canadian Film Centre) plus shows for Juno Award winning children’s entertainers Judy & David, the CNE and various industrials. In 2011 Risa was honoured to be one of the judges for the Canadian Juno Awards.
When Risa is not on stage or in front of the camera, she is running her outstanding family music and movement program across the city, helping youngsters discover the joys of singing and dancing. www.makingmusictogether.com
Risa is an avid and adventurous traveller and been all over the world. Her most recent and fulfilling trip was to China where she adopted her gorgeous daughter Katie!