Professor of Voice for Musical Theatre, Penn State University
Raymond Sage received a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Baylor University and a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), followed by doctoral and post-graduate work also at CCM. Before joining the musical theatre voice faculty at Penn State, Sage was on the voice and musical theatre faculties of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts' prestigious musical theatre conservatory, Collaborative Arts Project 21, Inc. (CAP 21). His students have been seen in many Broadway productions, such as Gypsy, Hair, Wet Side Story, Follies, Titanic, Beauty and the Beast, Steel Pier, High Society, Cats, Scarlet Pimpernel, The Lion King, Kinky Boots, Beautiful, Cinderella, Aladdin, Tuck Everlasting, Finding Neverland and many more. As founder and artistic director of the internationally recognized Penn State NU Musical Theatre Festival, Penn State has become the global leader among colleges and universities for the producing and fostering of new works of musical theatre. From the development of new musicals, other groundbreaking educational programs have been established at Penn State such as: Penn State at the York, and Penn State at Walnut Street Theatre, bridging the academic and the professional at America’s premiere off-Broadway theatre. Professor Sage is also the Artistic Director of S.T.A.T.E. the School of Theatre Artistry And Technical Education, summer pre-college intensive programs of the School of Theatre. As a performer, Sage appeared in the Broadway and national touring productions of Camelot, Beauty and the Beast, and Titanic, as well as in regional theatres across the country, such as Pennsylvania Center Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Dallas Summer Musicals. In 2011, Raymond starred as Ludie in the European premiere of the Horton Foote classic Trip to Bountiful at the Courtyard Theatre and in 2012 at the Old Vic Tunnels as Olsen in the O’Neill Sea Plays. He has made television appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, The Howie Mandel Show, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Sage is currently performing on his one-man show Seeking Flight, based on the works of the great American playwright, Eugene O’Neill. It premiered at Her Majesty’s Theatre on the West End in January of 2016.