Lisa Wolpe | BREAKOUT SESSION
"Cross Gender Shakespearean Performance"
About this session: This 90-minute (or two-hour) exploratory, physical workshop will explore an actor’s skills and craft in crossing gender or performing gender in a Shakespeare play including gender-bending (playing cross-gender, as in a woman playing “Hamlet” or a man playing “Juliet”), re-gendering (as in a woman playing “Prospera” as a female character), and gender-blending (as in Trans actors playing any role in the Shakespeare canon). Directors and actors are invited to explore new questions of performing identity while working on any Shakespearean character.
Lisa is an actress, director, teacher, playwright and producer. She is also an international activist working for the empowerment of women and diversity on the stage.
From 1993 to 2017 Lisa was the Founding Producing Artistic Director of the all-female, multicultural Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company (23 seasons), where she produced, directed, and performed many iconic male roles to great acclaim, earning “Best Actress” nominations for Hamlet, Shylock, and Iago. LAWSC was named by LA Magazine as “one of the ten coolest things to do in Los Angeles”, and was featured on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS News. In recent years Lisa toured her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world.
Lisa has directed and acted regionally at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Arizona Theater Company,Arizona Theater Company, Southwest Shakespeare Company, San Diego Repertory Theater,California Shakespeare Festival, Boston Theater Works, Sedona Shakespeare Festival, the Actor's Gang, American Conservatory Theater, University of Southern California, UCLA, NYU, the Academy of Classical Arts, American Shakespeare Center, Cal Poly Pomona, AMDA, Emerson, Wellesley, Boston University, and MIT.