Lisa Wolpe

Lisa Wolpe is an actress, director, teacher, and producer.  She is also the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, an award-winning all-female, multi-cultural theater company that she founded in 1993.  Ms. Wolpe produced, directed, and played Iago in Othello at the Theatre @ Boston Court, as well as creating Jaquis in an all-female cowboy As You Like It and Shylock in LAWSC's production of The Merchant of Venice, for which the company was nominated for four Ovation Awards, including Best Actress for Ms. Wolpe. She has produced 14 major Shakespeare plays for LAWSC, directing 12 and starring in them all. She has probably played more of the Bard's male leading roles than any woman in history and is featured in the book Women Direct Shakespeare in America. She has taught and directed Shakespeare, all levels of acting, as well as directing courses for many theater companies and universities, including the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Emerson College, Wellesley College, Boston University, and MIT, and has lectured widely on cross-gender Shakespeare. Ms. Wolpe was for many years an actor, director and Master Teacher with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. In August 2001, she was invited on full scholarship to work and study at the Globe Theater in London as part of their first International Fellows Program.