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Producing Artistic Director, LAWSC

Lisa Wolpe is an actress, director, teacher, playwright and producer, and is Producing Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, which she founded in 1993. LAWSC was named by LA Magazine as “one of the ten coolest things to do in Los Angeles”, and has been featured on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS News. Honors include the 2008 L.A. Drama Critic's Award for Sustained Excellence. Lisa has directed more than 30 productions of Shakespeare and played many of the Bard’s leading male roles. She directs all kinds of contemporary and classical theater, and also teaches Acting and Directing.

Regional Work: Performances at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, San Diego Repertory Theater, Arizona Theater Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, People’s Light & Theatre, Boston Playwright’s Festival, Boston Center for the Arts (one-woman show). Roles in The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Tyrant’s Tale, Macbeth3 (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company). International: Banquo, Macduff and Duncan in Macbeth3, Uncle Sam in Yankee Doodle Vaudeville, Chorus in Medea, Ramona in Zara Spook (Edinburgh Festival). Film/TV: A Marine Story, Mr. Nobody, Severance, L.A. Law, A Year in the Life. Writing credits: Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender (one-woman show); Adaptations of Shakespeare including: Katie the Curst (Taming of the Shrew), A Tyrant's Tale (Winter's Tale), Macbeth3; Parzival (San Diego Critic’s Award Best New Play; ClownWork (Sushi Gallery) Harmonious Proportions (Boston Center for the Arts). Other honors include NBC Local Hero, Women in Theater, Drama-Logue, Ovation, LA Weekly, Maddie awards. Globe International Theater Fellow.


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Villainous Iago Steals the Show…Lisa Wolpe is a standout bad guy in an all-female 'Othello' at the Theatre @ Boston Court. - LA TIMES

Some writers, in deference to gender neutrality, use the word "actor" to refer to performers of either gender. One almost needs to use that particular convention when reviewing the work of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, as describing Lisa Wolpe as a brilliant Shakespearean "actress" is unduly limiting. Wolpe is a fine interpreter of the Bard, and the fact that she has created a company that enables her to address many of Shakespeare's greatest roles, regardless of gender, is our gain…

Wolpe's Iago is complex, but her interpretation is never confused. It's a splendid performance, well-served by Wolpe's own direction. - TALKIN’ BROADWAY

Artfully conceived and psychologically astute - this is an "Othello" to savor. -VARIETY

TOPS EVERY OTHELLO WE HAVE EVER SEEN! Topping the LAWSC production is the performance of Lisa Wolpe as Iago. Wolpe has played them all, from Romeo to Lear, from Shylock to Richard III, and in all she has been outstanding, but here she outplays even herself! - NITELIFE MACBETH3 (2008) (Los Angeles, London, and Edinburgh Tour) DARKLY TERRIFYING!!! Wolpe confirms that she is simply one of the best interpreters of the Bard out there! - TALKIN' BROADWAY

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