Don Risi began his career on the crew for a Ferrante & Teicher piano concert in 1965 at the age of 15. Since then, his career in the performing arts has spaned more than 43 years, including work in theatre, film, and television.
Risi spent over 14 months on the road with National Company of the Broadway show Annie, as well as a year touring as technical director with the Nikolais Dance Theatre. He has worked on many Broadway shows including 1776, Les Miserables, Will Rogers Follies, They're Playing Our Song, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, and Cats.
He has worked on the feature films Rainman and Twister, the made-for-television film Surviving, the television show Hee Haw and the CBS special Kathie Lee -- Just in Time for Christmas. He has worked on musical events ranging from Michael Jackson, The Moody Blues and Van Halen, to Pavarotti and Perlman.
Risi has been a member of the arts management faculty at OCU since 1993, and served as production manager for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra from 1990 to 2007. He teaches Touring Performing Arts, Intro to Entertainment Technology for Arts Managers, Stage Management & Production, and Dance Studio Technology.