Director of Offsite Programs & Partnerships
Lisa Rothe joined The Lark in January 2010 where she deals with providing expanded opportunities for playwrights “off campus” and strategic multi-lateral partnerships aimed at advancing new work to production nationally and globally. She is also a freelance director who has directed, developed and workshopped over 100 new plays and musicals and opera, particularly on the development of Ada, a new opera by composer Kim Sherman and librettist Margaret Vandenburg. Lisa was recently nominated for SDC’s Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction of Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata (and actor Joel de la Fuente was nominated for a Drama Desk award), produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC (also at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, SoloNova Festival in NYC, Playmakers Reperetory Theatre in North Carolina & ACT Theatre in Seattle). Recent projects: Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl (People’s Light & Theatre Company), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Penelope by Ellen McLaughlin & composer Sarah Kirkland Snider (Playmakers Repertory Company). In NY, she has directed and/or developed work with the Lark Play Development Center, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Epic Theatre Ensemble, New Georges, The Women’s Project, Primary Stages, The Foundry, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 52nd Street Project, Naked Angels, BAM, Summer Play Festival, NYMF, Midtown International Theatre Festival (Best Director), National Actors Theater, Keen Company (Keen Teens), Orchard Project, Voice & Vision, HERE, Dixon Place and others. Lisa has taught and directed at many prestigious theatre programs including NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at Primary Stages, Chautauqua Conservatory and many other training programs around the country. She is a graduate of NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and Director’s Lab, as well as a Drama League alum, Fox Fellow, a member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab and is currently serving on the board of the League of Professional Theatre Women as the VP of Membership.