Winner: Best Comedy, Best Script, Best Director (Laura Josepher) Best Featured Actor (Tom Gualtieri), Best of the Festival and Audience Favorite at the 2006 Columbus National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival

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“It needs to be said... Charlie, Justin, the Gay Bait hosts, and the other 28 men looking for a date are all miraculously played by two versatile actors: Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco. Without costume changes, but with instant, carefully chosen shifts in voice, posture, manner, and level of nelliness, they transform into all of BAIT’s 32 characters.”

Gary Larcan


“The laughs throughout are plentiful due to some sophisticated humor and the undeniable talents of Gualtieri and Sisco. These guys roll through 49 characters, one funnier than the other. Accents, genders, ages, body language, and speech impediments – no problem. They only serve as a showcase for the actors’ versatility. If you want to laugh for two hours straight (no pun intended), BAIT N’ SWISH is the place you need to be.”

Laurie Lawson


“The whole evening is a testament to the strength of Sisco's writing and the brilliant performances of Gualtieri and Sisco. Gualtieri, particularly, shines in the second act, in which he plays every character that's not Charlie—probably around two dozen or so, including a succession of outré drag queens; the delightful trio of Adam, Ryan, and Bill; and, especially, the formidable and fabulous Delores. Sisco has written enough meaty parts to satisfy an entire company of expert actors, and he's lucky that, in Gualtieri, he's got the one-man equivalent.”

Martin Denton


for Here I Am: A Musical Personal Ad

Winner: Alex Libby Award for Best Musical Performance, 2002 Columbus National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festival

“HERE I AM is not only a coming of age tale - it is a one-man show about self-acceptance, growing up, the search for love, love and the sentient ability to find humor in it all. David Sisco has written himself a surprisingly witty and touching musical memoir.”

Adam Hetrick

EDGE Boston

“While it’s too early to identify festival bests from such a small sample, HERE I AM appeared to be the well-deserved favorite so far. Bookwriter/actor David Sisco, deftly accompanied by pianist Jill Brunelle, has fashioned a charming and witty one-man musical about the ups and downs of gay life and love. While a few of his beautifully sung melodies are rapturously romantic, others score with clever lyrics and a wry self-awareness.”

Michael Grossberg

Columbus Dispatch

for David’s Art Songs

Winner: 2010 NATS (National Assoc. of Teachers of Singing) Composition Award. View the ceremony here.


“Melody dominates text in this song in terms of the word rhythms, but the melody is so lovely and so well expresses the mood of the text that it does not matter. In fact, the little twists and turns in the melody itself give proper stress to the words, either by a change in direction or harmony.”

Judith Carman

NATS Journal


“Although the texts are childlike, and the music does not overwhelm them, neither are the vocal lines and the piano parts in any way simplistic. Sisco both reflects the moods of the texts and penetrates to the core meaning, which can be simply a child’s surface feelings or something more profound, provoking wonder at their powers of observation and understanding.”

Judith Carman

NATS Journal

“Of the 17 songs that were heard Saturday, the best remain Ricky Ian Gordon’s “I Never Knew,” sung with heart-breaking sincerity by David Sisco.”

T.J. Medrek

Boston Herald