Lisa Rothe was nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC. The play was also nominated for a Drama Desk award for Best Solo Performance by actor Joel de la Fuente and has had subsequent productions at ACT in Seattle, Playmakers Repertory Theatre in North Carolina, the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the SoloNova Festival in NYC and will be produced by the Guthrie Theater in October 2016.
She is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, an Artistic Affiliate with New Georges, a Drama League alum, Women’s Project Director’s Lab member, Fox Fellow recipient, a member of The Actor’s Center, the new Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women as the VP of Membership, and a new member of the National Theater Conference. Lisa received her MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and was then invited by mentor Zelda Fichandler to be a part of the inaugural year of the Directing program.
Lisa enjoys working on the classics, as well as new plays, and has workshopped, developed, and directed a multitude of new works with many, many amazing and award winning writers. In New York, she has developed and presented work at HERE, NYTW, New Georges, The Lark, The Culture Project, The Foundry, Ensemble Studio Theater, The 52nd Street Project, Naked Angels, Epic Theater Ensemble, Summer Play Festival, among others. As the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark in NYC, she provided expanded opportunities for playwrights, aimed at advancing new work to production, both nationally and globally (connected to programs with Mexico, Russia, Romania & China).
Some favorite recent work: Ropes by Mexican playwright Barbara Colio at Two River Theater, The Harassment of Iris Malloy by Zak Berkman and Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (with Rinde Eckert & Ellen McLaughlin, and with music composed by Rinde Eckert) for People’s Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (with Candy Buckley & Harris Yulin ) for Chautauqua Theater Company and Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin & composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, for Playmakers Repertory Theatre.
Along with composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg, Lisa has been developing a new music-theater/new opera piece about Ada Byron (Ada), Lord Byron’s daughter (who developed the prototype of modern computer language in the early 1830′s), which was presented as a part of the Center for Contemporary Opera’s Development Series. For more info about the development of the piece, click here.
One of her favorite organizations is Dr. Jane Aronson’s World Wide Orphan Foundation (WWO), where she spent a few summers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, creating theatre with orphaned children and teens and presenting the work to local communities. Please support them if you can.