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Teri Hansen

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre

Contact: [email protected]


Teri is thrilled to return to their childhood home and collaborate with the students, faculty, and staff at Oakland University! Before this appointment, Teri was an Assistant Professor of Music Theatre at Central Michigan University. They hold a BAA in Vocal Performance from Central Michigan University (CMU) and a Master's in Opera Performance/Production from Florida State University. They are also an Alumni of the Houston Opera Studio and were conferred with an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from CMU in 2014.

Teri has received International recognition for their crossover abilities as an actor from Broadway/London’s West End to film/tv and concert stages worldwide. They made their Broadway debut in The Boys From Syracuse and starred in London's West End as "Magnolia" in Hal Prince's Tony award-winning production of Show Boat. Most recently, they starred in the National Tours of The Sound Of Music ("Elsa") and the Tony Award-winning An American In Paris ("Madame Baurel"). Teri starred in tours of The Music Man as "Marian Paroo," "Guenevere" in Camelot, and "Magnolia" in Show Boat. They have appeared on "The Blacklist," "Law & Order SVU," "FBI: Most Wanted," and "Orange is the New Black." Internationally recognized as an interpreter of Weill, they starred as "Rose" in the film version of Kurt Weill's Street Scene. Teri also toured for years with Marvin Hamlisch, appeared at the Lincoln Center singing Rodgers and Hammerstein, and made regular appearances there as a part of the prestigious Meet the Artist series. Their solo CD "Into Your Arms...Love Songs of Richard Rodger's" is available worldwide.

Teri has written a musical adaptation of Colette's CHÉRI, which is in development for Broadway. New York City readings and Backer’s Audition have included Vanessa Williams and Paulo Szot. At CMU, they received a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award for You Can Win, an original performance piece to empower those with visible and invisible disabilities and engage/educate the community to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and diverse cultures and religious beliefs through song, dance and spoken word.

Teri is President & CEO of Broadway Pops International and has worked in collaboration with numerous symphony orchestras and festivals, including world premieres of Symphony for Elvis (with Cirque Du Soleil in Memphis) and Broadway Dreams (with the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau, Germany). Teri is Program Director for Broadway al Monte, a summer musical theatre intensive in Italy, and is committed to telling the stories of immigrants and underserved communities. They are also an advocate for blind casting with relation to race, gender and sexual orientation and write on Tonality, not Type.

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