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Recent NY credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare (NYTW- 2012 Obie Award, Lortel Award, Drama Desk nominations); Shipwrecked by Donald Margulies and Motherhood Outloud by 15 writers (Primary Stages); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, Slavs! (Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness) by Tony Kushner, Traps by Caryl Churchill, The Waves adapted from Virginia Woolf by Peterson and David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations) and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Obie Award for Directing), all at New York Theatre Workshop; The Fourth Sister by Janusz Glowacki and The Batting Cage by Joan Ackerman (Vineyard Theatre); The Poor Itch by John Belluso, The Square by 16 writers, and Tongue of a Bird (The Public); Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (MTC); Birdy adapted from the William Wharton novel by Naomi Wallace (Women’s Project); The Chemistry of Change by Marlane Meyer (Playwrights Horizons/WPP); The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies (Primary Stages); and Sueno by Jose Rivera (MCC). Lisa has directed regionally at the Mark Taper Forum (where she was Resident Director for 10 years), La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director for 3 years), Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, McCarter, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Huntington, Dallas Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and California Shakespeare Theater. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and on the executive board of SDC.

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[Broadway, 2023]
[Off-Broadway, 2023]
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
[Off-Broadway, 2015]
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
[Off-Broadway, 2013]
[Off-Broadway, 2011]

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World Premiere Of HOTEL HAPPY to be Presented at Houses on the Moon Theater Company This Winter

Houses on the Moon Theater Company will present the world premiere of the play HOTEL HAPPY, written by Camilo Almonacid (The Assignment), directed by Estefanía Fadul (Repertorio Español's Eva Luna), and featuring puppet direction by Matt Acheson (Broadway's War Horse).

BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards December 5th Standings; WEST SIDE STORY Leads Best Musical!

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards; PUFFS Leads Best Play!

Happy Holidays! The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 27th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Salt Lake City Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

F*CK7THGRADE to Return to Wild Project for Second Encore Engagement in November

wild project will present the return engagement for F*ck7thGrade. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets!

Jump Into Fall At With Aurora Theatre This October

Fall is in full swing at Aurora Theatre with a month of music, comedy, Halloween entertainment and a 5K race for the entire family to enjoy! Aurora Comedy Nights is set to kick off the month with celebrity comedian, Henry Cho. Drag-oween promises a bewitching evening with Atlanta’s fabulous queens, including Nicole Page Brookes from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Festival del Día de Los Muertos returns for a celebration full of color, music, food and dance.

Review: ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company

What did our critic think of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company? Four women, each with similar stories of escape from persecution, forced relocation and separation anxiety bond over a reenactment of portions of Homer’s Odyssey in Lisa Peterson’s engaging and beautifully staged world premiere production commissioned by Tony award-winning The Acting Company that opens MTC’s 2023/24 season.

Justin Lucero Named Artistic Director Of Theater Latte Da

Theater Latté Da (TLD) announced today that it has chosen Justin Lucero as its next Artistic Director. Lucero will join TLD in mid-October, co-leading the organization with Managing Director Elisa Spencer-Kaplan.

Ars Nova Unveils Exciting 2023-2024 Season Featuring Two World Premieres and Flexible Ticket Pricing

Get a sneak peek of Ars Nova's highly anticipated 2023-2024 season, featuring two world premiere productions. Discover how you can secure your tickets at affordable prices for these must-see shows. Don't miss out on the excitement!

Full Cast & Creative Team Unveiled for The Acting Company's World Premiere of Lisa Peterson's ODYSSEY 

The Acting Company has revealed the full cast and creative team for Lisa Peterson's world premiere of ODYSSEY. Get all the details and book your tickets now.

Introducing the Cast and Creative Team of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company

Get an exclusive look at the star-studded cast and talented creative team of ODYSSEY at Marin Theatre Company. Meet the actors and creatives bringing this epic story to life in a captivating stage adaptation. Don't miss out on the opportunity to witness their incredible talents in action.

AN ILIAD Comes to North Coast Repertory Theatre in August

Prepare to be spellbound by the riveting return engagement of An Iliad at North Coast Repertory Theatre. This timely and powerful production, based on Homer's epic poem 'The Iliad,' will transport audiences to the heart of the Trojan War through a dynamic and tour-de-force adaptation by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, translated by Robert Fagles.

Jeffrey Carlson, Star of TABOO and THE GOAT, Has Passed Away at 48

According to various reports, Jeffrey Carlson, best known for originating the role of Marilyn in TABOO and Billy in Edward Albee's THE GOAT on Broadway, has passed away. He was 48.

AN ILIAD Comes to Theater At Monmouth

Theater at Monmouth's Brave New Worlds Season continues with An Iliad adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, based on Homer's The Iliad translated by Robert Fagles.

Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy to Star in THE GUYS at Theatre Aspen

Emmy Award winners Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy will star in Theatre Aspen’s production of Anne Nelson’s The Guys. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Photos: Broadway's Brightest Stars Hit the Red Carpet at the 2023 Tony Awards

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing) at the 2023 Tony Awards!

Recap the 2023 Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches

The 76th Annual Tony Awards have officially begun! As winners take the stage this evening, stay tuned to BroadwayWorld as we bring you full text of all of the acceptance speeches; from the emotional to the humorous, and everything in between.

New York Theatre Workshop Reveals 2050 Fellows, New Company-in-Residence and Artistic Department Expansion

New York Theatre Workshop has announced the artists selected for the 2023/24 Season 2050 Artistic Fellowship.

Review: AN ILIAD at Spoleto Festival USA

David O'Hare's AN ILIAD can be taken as one man's distillation of Homer's ancient oral epic, or as one of many, many possible Iliads that could be written about the wars that plague mankind.

Video: Sean Hayes Reveals Why Starring in GOOD NIGHT, OSCAR is 'Therapeutic' to Him on CBS MORNINGS

Sean Hayes sat down on CBS Mornings to discuss starring on Broadway in Good Night, Oscar. Hayes revealed how starring as Oscar Levant in the new play is 'almost therapeutic' to him. Hayes also discussed why the performance is such a departure from his Will & Grace character, how Broadway relies on the Tony Awards, and more. Watch the video now!

Sara Porkalob's DRAGON LADY & More Set for Marin Theatre Company 2023/24 Season

Marin Theatre Company has announced the four productions that will make up the company’s 2023/24 season. Learn how to purchase tickets!


Lisa Peterson has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She received a Special Citation at the Obie Awards for her work on "An Iliad." Additionally, she was nominated for Outstanding Director, Resident Play at the Helen Hayes Awards for "The Quality of Life." She also received a nomination for Outstanding Director - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Waves."

Lisa Peterson has won a Special Citation at the Obie Awards for her work on the production of "An Iliad."

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