Public Speaking

I am an expert on gender-flipping Shakespeare. I am an actress, director, teacher, writer, traveler,  and a “Distinguished Scholar”. I am an activist for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, promoting women’s rights and racial equality.

Lisa Wolpe is her own woman and joyfully speaks her mind, but her greatest legacy will undoubtedly be her creative vision and determination to create a platform and a voice for women, minorities and now the growing trans community in theatre. Theatre inspires, it gives hope to a generation who will, sooner than they think, be given the keys to these theatres and told ‘now it’s your turn’. When this time comes these new guardians can look back at those pioneers like Wolpe who will make this future possible, a future that’s fair and doesn’t see gender, colour, sexuality.” The New Current, London, U.K.

So much gratitude for inclusion in these great books by Nancy Taylor, Charles Ney, Terri Power, and Paul Edmonson:


at universities and cultural organizations on the topic of my decades of work in breaking down gender and race barriers in the performance of Shakespeare.

American Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic

American Association of University Women, Southern California

American Shakespeare Center, VA

California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

Chapman College, Long Beach, CA

Clairemont McKenna College, Clairemont, CA

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Cornell College, IA

Culver City High School, Culver City, CA

DePaul, Chicago

Earlham College, IN

Emerson Performing Arts College, Boston, MA

Hope College, MI

Huntington High School, Huntington CA

Fordham University, NYC

Lincoln Center West Coast Director’s Lab, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Children’s Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Public Libraries, Los Feliz, Silverlake and Downtown Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount College, Los Angeles, CA

Marymount High School, Santa Monica, CA

National Theater Conference, Gender Parity HowlRound, NYC

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Pasadena City College, Pasadena, CA

Penny Lane, Los Angeles, CA

Pomona College, Pomona, CA

Prague Shakespeare Festival

Richmond Shakespeare Festival

Rockefeller College, IL

Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica High School, Santa Monica, CA

Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford U.K.

Shakespeare Festival L.A., Los Angeles, CA

Shakespeare Theater Association of America, various conferences, panels

Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, Bankside, U.K.

Shakespeare Authorship Roundtable, Los Angeles

Southern Oregon University

Statera Conference, Denver, CO

St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, CA

Syracuse College, NY

The Huntington Library, Pasadena, CA

The World Shakespeare Congress, Los Angeles, CA

UC Irvine, Irvine, CA

UC Riverside, Riverside, CA

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

University of Colorado, Boulder

Union College, NY

The Wallis, Los Angeles

Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Whittier College, Whittier, CA