Faculty A-Z

  • Profile:

    Lisa Rothe received her MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program and was subsequently invited by Zelda Fichandler and Paul Weidner to be a part of the inaugural year of the Directing program for alumni of Grad Acting. She was also trained by Ron Van Lieu (also the former chair of the Yale School of Drama), Deborah Hecht, Joanna Merlin, Deb Lapidus, Jim Calder, J. Stephen White, Hovey Burgess, Rosemarie Tichler, and the late Paul Walker and Nora Dunfee. Lisa has taught and/or directed at numerous undergraduate and graduate theater programs around the country, including NYU's Graduate Acting Program, Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School, Chautauqua Conservatory, the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA) at Primary Stages, Queens College, Marymount Manhattan College, Bard College, The Actors Center, Stella Adler and many others. As a director, Lisa has developed and directed multiple plays in New York City and regionally and was nominated for SDC's Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC. The play was also nominated for a Drama Desk award for Best Solo Performance by actor Joel de la Fuente and has had successive productions at the Guthrie Theater, ACT in Seattle, Playmakers Repertory Theatre, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and the SoloNova Festival in NYC.

    Degrees Held:

    MFA - Acting (NYU)

    BFA - Acting (University of Evansville)

    Professional Affiliations:

    • Member of SDC
    • Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women
    • Member of the National Theater Conference (NTC)    
    • Member of the Actors Center
    • New York Theater Workshop – Usual Suspect
    • New Georges – Artistic Affiliate & 2016-17 Audrey Resident

    Performances And Appearances:

    Most recent productions: Confederates by Suzanne Bradbeer at TheatreWorks, (nominated for 8 San Francisco Bay Area Critics Awards, including Best Director); Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata at The Guthrie Theater; Science Fair at HERE (with mezzo Hai-Ting Chinn); Ropes by Mexican playwright Barbara Colio at Two River Theater, The Harassment of Iris Malloy by Zak Berkman at People's Light, Detroit '67 by Dominique Morrisseau at Playmakers Repertory Theater, and Dear Elizabeth by Sarah Ruhl at People’s Light (with Rinde Eckert & Ellen McLaughlin, and music composed by Rinde Eckert). 

    Awards And Honors:

    • Stage Directors & Choreographer’s Joe A. Callaway Award Nomination for Best Direction for production of Hold These Truths (with Epic Theater Ensemble)
    • Drama Desk Nomination for Best Solo Performance of Hold These Truths (for actor Joel de la Fuente)
    • 4 EST/Sloan Foundation grants for direction/dramaturgy of new opera Ada, with composer KIm Sherman & librettist Margaret Vandenburg