ABOUT

Adept in classical singing as well as non-classical contemporary vocal styles such as musical theater, rock, pop, R & B, and jazz, Ereni has performed in acclaimed off-broadway and regional theaters, crooned in NYC and Philadelphia cabaret clubs, and studied with the some of premier acting and vocal teachers in the world.

As a New Jersey native and high school sophomore, Ereni was nominated in Papermill Playhouse’s very first Rising Star Awards as Best Supporting Actress in A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine (Harpo Marx). She went on to attend Papermill’s Summer Professional Training Conservatory along with Anne Hathaway, Laura Benanti, and Jared Gertner. Ereni went on to receive her Actor’s Equity card at the Papermill Playhouse in The Sound of Music(Ursula). Here she understudied and performed both Leisl and Louisa alongside a very young Nick Jonas and Broadway veteran Bob Cuccioli.

As a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, Ereni holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Christopher Arneson and Taina Kataja. While studying at Rutgers, she sang with the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, under the direction of Patrick Gardner, and participated in the Rutgers Opera Program. Among Ereni’s favorite performances are Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Frasquita in Carmen. Ereni also sang out with the New Jersey Opera Festival that performed at the Tony-award winning McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ. She has also performed with NJ Opera Festival at the NJPAC in Newark, NJ, in The Magic Flute along international opera star and high school friend James Valenti.

Upon moving to NYC, Ereni was graciously placed on a scholarship program with acclaimed NYC Voice Teacher Adrienne Angel, noted the “Best Voice Teacher in the World” by fellow Angel student and Broadway superstar Bernadette Peters. Other celebrity students include Cher, Ann Reinking, Jane Krakowski, and Joan Jett.

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As Lili in Carnival! at The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC.

Adrienne judiciously prepared Ereni for the lead role of Lili Daurier in Carnival! at The Kennedy Center. Adrienne also provided a solid vocal foundation for Ereni’s further voice studies. Ms. Angel’s singular guidance and support will never be forgotten.

Ereni currently studies voice with Richard Lissemore. In July 2014, Richard invited Ereni to Boston to be his protégé during his presentation of “Standard Pedagogy and Technique for the Female Belt Voice” at the national conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In May 2014, Ereni was honored to participate in Richard’s presentation of “A Wired Demonstration of Female Belt Voice” with Donald Gray Miller at the Voice Foundation’s Annual International Symposium. This was a practical application of electroglottography using the Voce Vista software system. Ereni continues to add to her more than 6 hours of “Ereni Data” as Richard pursues a Ph.D. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at The City University of New York, where he is a Graduate Teaching Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas Whalen. Richard continues to mentor Ereni as a voice teacher, educator, and focused performer.

Ereni has participated in the Manhattan School of Music Summer Musical Theater program with Paul Gemignani, Austin Pendleton, Robert Kimball, Paul Ford and Carolann Page.

Given by fellow Greek-American Olympia Dukakis, Ereni received a $5,000 scholarship award from the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund for Excellence in the Arts. She continues to volunteer and contribute to the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund.

As an actor/musician, Ereni portrayed folk legend Joan Baez in Larry Mollin’s new musical Search:Paul Clayton at the Martha’s Vineyard Theater.  She also played Bob Dylan’s girlfriend Suze Rotolo.

Ereni Sevasti as Suze Rotolo in Search: Paul Clayton.

Ereni Sevasti as Suze Rotolo in Search: Paul Clayton.

She has shared the stage with Rocco Sisto, Jonathan Groff, and Anthony Mackie in The Bacchae directed by Joanne Akalaitis with original music by Phillip Glass at the Delacorte Theater with Shakespeare in the Park.

She portrayed the lead role of Sophia in a New York reading of Opa! The Musical directed by Dan Knechteges with The Directors Company. She has performed alongside Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera in the New York reading of Zorba The Greek directed by David Leveaux. In this reading, Zorba The Greek and Fiddler On the Roof playwright Joseph Stein personally pulled her aside to compliment her acting.

Ereni has steadily appeared in Jacques Brel Returns at the Triad/Stage 72 since 2010. Her favorite Brel songs include “Timid Frieda”, “Marieke” and “Ne Me Quitte Pas”.  She and fellow cast mate Arlo Hill perform an energetic version of “Marathon”.

David Wolfson and Ereni Sevasti rehearse 'Jacques Brel Returns' at the Triad Theater on the Upper West Side. BRYAN DERBALLA FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

David Wolfson and Ereni Sevasti rehearse ‘Jacques Brel Returns’ at the Triad Theater on the Upper West Side. BRYAN DERBALLA FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

In Jacques Brel Returns, Ereni sings with Broadway veterans Robert Cuccioli, Natascia Diaz, Jim Stanek, and Tamra Hayden as well as cabaret stars Gay Marshall, Marissa Mulder, and Myriam Phiro. This show includes a rotating cast with Arlo Hill, Anna Bergman, Sarah Bierstock, PJ Baccari, and Sam Ludwig and international artists Micheline Van Hautem, Karen Kohler and Jean Brassard. In this unforgettable show, Ereni plays guitar, portrays a drunkard, speaks in Flemish and French, all in celebration of the great Jacques Brel.

At 54 Below, she has belted Elphaba’s “No Good Deed” in the Stephen Schwartz-athon and sang a newly arranged version of Evita’s “Buenos Aires” in the Aspects of Andrew: Lloyd Webber shows. She has performed in countless Sondheim Unplugged shows at 54 Below.

Her acting teachers include Lorraine Serabian, William Esper and Harold Guskin. She has completed the 2-year Meisner acting program at the William Esper Studio as a student of William Esper. Her voice and dialect coaches include Patricia Fletcher and Nancy Mayans. She has performed scenes as Isabella in Measure For Measure and as Viola in Twelfth Night in Mr. Esper’s Shakespeare intensive. She has been invited to Mr. Esper’s Masterclass Scene Study for 3 years.  Ereni studied privately with Harold Guskin whose students include Kevin Kline and Meryl Streep.  Although the time with Mr. Guskin was short, his studies have proven invaluable.  She currently studies privately with Ms. Serabian of HB Studios.

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Sevasti Sings Joni Mitchell: Stepping Out Of Blue

Most recently, Ereni performs a solo show entitled Ereni Sevasti Sings Joni Mitchell: Stepping Out of Blue.  In this immersive evening, Ereni sings Joni’s masterpiece album Blue while accompanying herself on guitar, piano and dulcimer.  It’s a glorious evening which celebrates the life and times of one of the worlds greatest singer-songwriters.   She is currently writing 2 more solo shows centered around the lives of famous singers.

Conversational in Greek and French, Ereni considers herself a fiery romantic with a penchant for delicious food and wine. Her favorite restaurants in NYC include The Red Cat, Uncle Nick’s, Kefi and The Little Owl.  As a resident of Jersey City, Ereni teaches voice, guitar and piano at Guitar Bar in Hoboken, NJ. She coaches voice and speech and accent reduction privately.  Her hobbies include yoga/pilates, drums, and sailing with her best friend.

Please challenge her to a pool match.

Ereni is indebted to the generosity and love that her teachers, friends, and family provide and continue to devote in making her a better actor, singer, musician, educator and human being.

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