Lisa Wolpe  |  Panel Discussion

"Gender Parity and the Classical Canon", a panel discussion about casting concerns for Shakespeare festivals and theatres that specialize in producing the classics. The panel consists of  Geoffrey Kent (Director, Actor and Fight Choreographer), Sam White (Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit), Dawn Monique Williams (Artistic Associate at Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Lisa Wolpe (Artistic Director of Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company), and Frank Honts (Dramaturg at the Utah Shakespeare Festival). This discussion will be moderated byJack Greenman, (Associate Professor of Voice & Speech at Southern Methodist University and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework).

solo performance  |  "Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender" 

In Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender, Lisa Wolpe both performs and contextualizes her experience of interpreting some of the many Shakespearian roles she has played - including Hamlet, Iago, Richard III and many others, while exploring her own life story from childhood to maturity. Her work speaks towards liberation from the "gender box" of expectations, and offers a unique and powerful perspective of courage, resilience and hope against her family's troubled background of war, sickness, suicide and despair.

About Lisa

Lisa Wolpe is an international activist working for the empowerment of women and diversity on the stage. Since 1993 (23 seasons) she has been the Founding Producing Artistic Director of the all-female Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, where she produces, directs, and has performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock, Macbeth and Iago. Lisa is currently touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world, and just closed a successful run at HERE in NYC. She has directed and acted regionally at theatres including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Arizona Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater and more. Lisa has received multiple awards for excellence in directing, acting and promoting diversity and excellence onstage. She has taught and directed at universities including NYU, UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Wittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado and more. 


"Wolpe is one of the great stage actors of our generation, who breathes life into Shakespeare's words as though they were dredged from her own soul." - Shakespeare in LA

"Wolpe confirms that she is simply one of the best interpreters of the Bard out there!" - Talking Broadway