Lisa Biggs

Assistant Professor

Lisa Biggs is a performing artist and performance scholar. She earned a BA in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College, an MA in Playwriting and Performance Studies from New York University, and most recently completed a PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Since 1993, she has developed and toured original performance works to venues across the United States, including Cultural Odyssey, Links Hall, Baltimore Theatre Project, Joe's Movement Emporium, the National Black Theatre Festival, Dance Place, and the National Hip Hop Theatre Festival. In addition to devising new work, Lisa has appeared in productions at Arena Stage, Lookingglass Theatre, the African Continuum Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, and many more. She is a former member of the Living Stage Theater Company, one of the preeminent Theatre for Social Change programs in the US, where, as a teaching artist, she devised hundreds of improvisational theatre works and taught introductory performance making to students aged 3 to 103.

Building off her diverse experiences as an artist and activist, Lisa's current scholarship stands at the intersection of Performance Studies, Black Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Law. Recent publications include an analysis of Rhodessa Jones's solo play Big-Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women for the anthology Solo/Black/Woman, edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera (2013). Her ongoing interest in the performance of justice, law enforcement and prisoner rehabilitation is now expressed through research on the impact of theatre and dance programs for incarcerated women confined in the US and South Africa, and new collaborations with people whose lives are touched in other ways by criminal legal systems.

Lisa is featured in an independent film called Walk With Me: The Movie (trailer above). Against the backdrop of historical moments of social change, Walk With Me follows three women who use theater to inspire, stir and animate our democracy. While at work in prisons, schools, and community centers, the film reveals that one person--one artist--can make a difference.

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BIO

Lisa Biggs is a performing artist and performance scholar. She earned a BA in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College, an MA in Playwriting and Performance Studies from New York University, and most recently completed a PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University.

Since 1993, she has developed and toured original performance works to venues across the United States, including Cultural Odyssey, Links Hall, Baltimore Theatre Project, Joe's Movement Emporium, the National Black Theatre Festival, Dance Place, and the National Hip Hop Theatre Festival. In addition to devising new work, Lisa has appeared in productions at Arena Stage, Lookingglass Theatre, the African Continuum Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, and many more. She is a former member of the Living Stage Theater Company, one of the preeminent Theatre for Social Change programs in the US, where, as a teaching artist, she devised hundreds of improvisational theatre works and taught introductory performance making to students aged 3 to 103.

Building off her diverse experiences as an artist and activist, Lisa's current scholarship stands at the intersection of Performance Studies, Black Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Law. Recent publications include an analysis of Rhodessa Jones's solo play Big-Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women for the anthology Solo/Black/Woman, edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera (2013). Her ongoing interest in the performance of justice, law enforcement and prisoner rehabilitation is now expressed through research on the impact of theatre and dance programs for incarcerated women confined in the US and South Africa, and new collaborations with people whose lives are touched in other ways by criminal legal systems.

Lisa is featured in an independent film called Walk With Me: The Movie (trailer above). Against the backdrop of historical moments of social change, Walk With Me follows three women who use theater to inspire, stir and animate our democracy. While at work in prisons, schools, and community centers, the film reveals that one person--one artist--can make a difference.

CONTACT INFO

Office: C230D Snyder Hall
Phone: (517) 884-6002

HIGHLIGHTS

PhD in Performance Studies, Northwestern University
MA in Playwriting and Performance Studies, New York University
BA in Theatre and Dance, Amherst College