Cedric D. Lyles is an artist driven by a passion for the arts and for creatively inspiring others. Arts Manager, Educator, and Performing Artist are just a few of the titles that aptly describe him. Cedric is a native Washingtonian, an alum of The Levine School of Music and a graduate from Prince George’s County Public Schools. Cedric attended Morgan State University, American University, and Westminster Choir College. He currently holds a B.A. in Music and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management.
As an arts manager, Cedric has been managing and building a non-profit performing arts company, ArtsCentric, since 2003. Thirteen years later, ArtsCentric is a thriving production company in Baltimore. Each year the company mounts three to four Broadway-styled musicals, a three-week musical theater intensive for youth (ASI), and a number of local community and professional entertainment events. Under Cedric’s leadership, ArtsCentric has managed and produced performing arts works for Adventist Healthcare, The National Alliance to End Homelessness, SEIU - Local 1199, Unite Here - Local 7, The Jemicy School, Baltimore County Schools, Garrison Forest School, and several others.
As a performing artist, Cedric has worked as a musical director for Everyman Theater, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Towson University, Cecil Community College, Troika Bermuda, Cockpit in Court, Vagabond Theater and, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County Schools. He’s also appeared on stage as a performer in Dreamgirls, Songs For a New World, Xanadu, The Wild Party, and Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour. When musically directing, his focus is on aiding the story-telling through the music. His approach encourages actors to examine the text and make musical choices that support the story; even down to a simple breath. There is no expression without the human breath, so every artistic expression should be driven by the same emotional breath that governs our daily lives. Cedric uses the same approach he teaches when he takes the stage as an actor.
In addition to leading an exciting life as a performing artist, Cedric is known for his work as a composer and an arranger. His original work 7:32 the musical was featured at the 2012 New York Musical Theater Festival (NYMF) in addition to winning Best Musical in 2009 at The Kennedy Center’s American College Theater Festival (KC-ACTF). His most recent work, Delilah: a new musical was featured at The Atlas in Washington, DC. To his credit, Cedric’s vocal and band arrangements are best reflected in his work on In The Heights, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Wiz, Lippa’s The Wild Party, ArtsCentric’s “Sincerely Series,” and Brooklyn the musical, to name of few. In 2007, Cedric teamed with sports writer Greg Leader to create the Howard County hit, True Colors -- the '80s Musical. True Colors… was named “… Maryland’s top high school musical this month in a national competition sponsored by USA Weekend magazine.” in August 2007. Cedric was responsible for arranging the music (vocal and instrumental), and teaching the cast of high schoolers from Glenelg High School. This summer Cedric will be musically directing The Color Purple in Bermuda (Troika Bermuda).