She was a guest artist at the University of Wyoming School of Theatre and Dance, where her play, "Dog Park," will receive a 2022 reading.
Lisa was a contributing playwright at the Sewanee Writer’s Conference (2021) and her plays have been chosen for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference Playlab in Valdez, AK for nine consecutive years (2013-2021).
She was a resident playwright at the Annex Theatre Hothouse Project (Seattle), a finalist for Chicago Dramatists’ Residency Program, an alternate selection for the Inge Theatre Festival for her play Closer and a semi-finalist for the Ashland New Play Festival for her play Dog Park.
Her play American Bowl is in development with the Blank Theatre in Los Angeles.
She was a resident and scholarship recipient at Hedgebrook’s Vortext program on Whidbey Island, Washington and won Chicago’s first annual Writing and Drinking Festival for her play 12 Steps which was then performed by the Neo-Futurists and Factory Theatre.
Her directing credits include Rhinoceros, True West, Stop Kiss, Hamlet, Careless Love, The Vagina Monologues and Paradise Lost.
Lisa has also edited several documentary films in Los Angeles and Chicago and is currently co-directing and editing a film about Chinese Americans in the Mississippi Delta in collaboration with Stacey J. Lee, Ph.D. of the University of Wisconsin/Madison.
A monologue from her novel-in-progress, Original Sin, appears in Monologues By Women for Women (Heinemann, 2005).
She is a graduate of Lafayette College and received an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College in Chicago.
She was a Thomas Watson Fellow at Sussex University in Brighton, England.
She also attended Cooper Union in NYC to study photography and design.
She is a certified Meisner Acting teacher and has taught the Meisner technique in Chicago and Alaska.