Wayne Allen Geis
Passionate about the performing arts and its industry, Wayne Allen Geis has been both a performer and coach for over 30 years. Possessing an extensive history in theatrical productions as well as film and television appearances, Wayne Allen Geis focused primarily on his career as an operatic tenor. As a young adult, Wayne Allen Geis appeared as Rodolfo, replacing renowned stage and film actor Jon Voight in the Off Broadway play, A View from the Bridge. Other notable performers with whom Wayne Allen Geis acted include Robert Duvall, Gale Sondergaard, Trish Van Devere, and Dustin Hoffman. Wayne Allen Geis practiced vocal training with Curt Dempster and Ulu Grossbard before attending John Mace Vocal Studio. After receiving training with Maestro John Mace in New York, Wayne Allen Geis underwent further coaching with notable teachers like Richard Woitach, Virginia Gerhardt, and Armen Boyajian. Wayne Allen Geis enjoyed performing in a number of musicals, stage dramas, and other acting opportunities while also pursuing a career as an opera singer. In 1972, Wayne Allen Geis gained the opportunity to meet Placido Domingo, who was impressed with Wayne Allen Geis’ voice and skill. Domingo arranged several solo performance auditions for Wayne Geis across Europe. Wayne Allen Geis sang for conductor Herbert von Karajan, and in 1973, sang Karl Orff’s last opus, De Temporum Fine Comoedia, at the Salzburg Festival. During his tour of Europe, Wayne Allen Geis sang under the name Erik Geisen. Several recordings of Wayne Allen Geis opera performances were produced under this name. In the 1980s, Wayne Allen Geis returned to the United States to concentrate on teaching and contributing to the performing arts.