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's earliest memories include painting her face with mud and dramatically singing "Wouldn't It Be Loverly", covering her head in a bath towel whilst spinning and singing "The Hills Are Alive", like her idols from her beloved VHS tapes. Her love of theatre fully blossomed when she was in front of an audience for the first time at the age of 5 playing Jonah in a church play.
In college, she used her free time to perform in community theater and with Shreveport Opera, her first professional theater ever! 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.
After graduating, Lori performed inmany regional theaters before moving to NYC. Her favorite roles include Roxie Hart (Chicago), Sally Brown (You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown), Jeanie (Hair), Grace Farrell (Annie), & Cosette (Les Miserables). Most recently, she played Vi Petty in Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story on the US National Tour.
When not on stage, she enjoys teaching her private voice and piano students. She just married the love of her life, Nick! She is based in NYC and is living her dream working as a musical theater actress.