Lisa Jo Epstein, 2012–2013 Artist in Residence
Lisa Jo is a theatre director, educator and community-based artist. Her foray into physical theatre began in Minneapolis at Theatre de la Jeune Lune. She continued her explorations in physical and intercultural theatre and socially-engaged theatre practices at the University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a Master's and Ph.D. She then moved to Paris France where she served as Ariane Mnouchkine's assistant during the Théâtre du Soleil's creation of Molière's Tartuffe. While in Paris, she also worked at Augusto Boal's Center for the Theatre of the Oppressed.
Prior to returning to Philadelphia, Lisa Jo was an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Theatre & Dance at Tulane University for seven years where she won awards for teaching and directing, both inside the university and in the community. Lisa Jo regularly facilitates interactive, experiential theatre workshops with a variety of populations around issues of identity and empowerment, community and social justice. Recent productions include: Cabinet of Wonders, An Impossible History (Kira Obolensky), Anna Bella Eema (Lisa d'Amour)--2008 Barrymore Award nominations for Best Ensemble and Best Lead Actress , O Yes I Will (Deb Margolin), Quick Silver (Kira Obolensky), Voices Underwater (premiere, Abi Basch) for Gas & Electric Arts, Pop Out (Jessie Bear) and Everlasting Father: A Religious Fantasy (premiere, Hannah Harvester) at Swarthmore College; O Wholly Night and Other Jewish Solecisms (remount, Deb Margolin) at Painted Bride Art Center; What the Moon Saw; or, I Only Appear to be Dead (Stephanie Fleischmann), The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Naomi Wallace) and The Love of the Nightingale (Timberlake Wertenbaker) at Ursinus College; Spinning into Butter (Rebecca Gilman) Southern Repertory Theatre, New Orleans.
In Philadelphia, she has taught at Temple University, Arcadia, and University of the Arts, guest artist residency at Towson University’s MFA in performance, and most recently she taught movement for the stage at Rutgers-Camden.