Visiting Associate Professor
Lisa Wolpe is an international activist working for the empowerment of women and diversity on the stage. Since 1993 she has been the founding producing artistic director of the all-female Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company (22 seasons), where she produces, directs and has performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock and Iago. Ms. Wolpe is currently touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world. She has directed and acted regionally at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Arizona Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater and more. She is a teacher/writer/actor/director who has studied deeply in Clown, Voice, Shakespearean text, and new work, and has received multiple awards for excellence in directing, acting and promoting diversity and excellence onstage. In addition to teaching at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, she has taught and directed at universities including USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado and more.