About Lisa Wolpe

“I do think she is one of the most important people speaking in theater today…” – Tina Packer, Shakespeare & Company

Experts agree that I’m on the leading edge when it comes to brilliant interpretations of Shakespeare! Click here to hear support from my colleagues at the Shakespeare Theater Association conference !
I am an actress, director, teacher, playwright, writer and producer.

I was the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (LAWSC) from 1993-2017. 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 for our cutting edge, world class all-female, multi-cultural aesthetic.

Click to read about my work in American Theater Magazine!

Acting credits include Utah Shakespeare Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company,  Arizona Theater Company, and San Diego Repertory Theater.  I’ve directed internationally, regionally, locally, in universities, i.e. in many wonderful places.

Honors include the L.A. Drama Critic’s Award for Sustained Excellence, the Sidney Berger Award for excellence and dedication to the works of Shakespeare; NBC News’ “Local Hero”, Jacob Bronowski Award for Theater Excellence, Women in Theater’s “Red Carpet” and “Woman of the Year” Awards, Women’s Theater Festival’s “Rainbow Award” for promoting Diversity, Nominations for Best Leading Actress for Hamlet and Shylock; the “Sustained Excellence” Award from Playwrights Arena, the Key to Harlem, two Congressional Certificates of Merit; Whittier College’s Distinguished Artist Award, University of Colorado “First Scholar” and “Roe Green Visiting Artist” appointments, Globe Theater U.K. International Fellow. Member, National Theater Conference, Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild.