Lisa Rothe is a NYC based freelance theater director and educator. She was nominated for SDC's Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata (starring Joel De La Fuente), originally produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC. The play was nominated for a Drama Desk award for Best Solo Performance and has had subsequent productions at The Guthrie Theater, ACT in Seattle, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, SoloNova Festival in NYC and most recently produced by Hang A Tale at the Sheen Center in NYC.
Lisa is Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women, on the Artistic Advisory Council of Epic Theatre Ensemble, Advisory Board of the Detroit Public Theatre, Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, Artistic Affiliate and Audrey Fellow with New Georges, Drama League alum, Fox Fellow alum and member of the National Theater Conference. Lisa received her MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program and was then invited by mentor and teacher Zelda Fichandler, to be part of the inaugural year of NYU's Directing program for alumni of the MFA Acting program.
Lisa enjoys working on new plays, as well as the classics, is a fierce advocate for women, and tends to be drawn to intimate stories about people who are discovering their voices and have big things to say. She has workshopped, developed, and directed hundreds of new works with many 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 for over five years, she provided expanded opportunities for playwrights, aimed at advancing new work to production, both nationally and globally (producing reciprocal translation programs with Mexico, Russia, Romania & China).
Some favorite recent work: Confederates by Suzanne Bradbeer at Theatreworks (nominated for 8 Bay Area Critics Circle Awards), Ropes by Mexican playwright Barbara Colio at Two River Theater, The Harassment of Iris Malloy by Zak Berkman and Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl for People’s Light (starring Rinde Eckert & Ellen McLaughlin, and with music composed by Rinde), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof for Chautauqua Theater Company (starring Candy Buckley & Harris Yulin), Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin & composer Sarah Kirkland Snider and Detroit '67 by Dominique Morriseau, for Playmakers Repertory Theatre.
Along with composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg, Lisa has been developing a new opera about Ada Byron, 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.
Lisa was raised in Dundee, Illinois and before a commitment to theater, she took a detour into the world of biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, where she developed a Chekhovian theater company in the lounge of her dorm.