Lisa Rothe

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Lisa Rothe is a freelance theater director, coach and educator. She was nominated for SDC's Joe A. Callaway Award for Direction for Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata (and produced by Epic Theatre Ensemble), starring Joel De La Fuente (also nominated for a Drama Desk award for Best Solo Performance). The show has toured the country and won three Theatre Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Direction, Performer and Production. Recent directing work includes: Belly of the Beast by Margaret Vandenburg (presented by 3AD, TodayTix & New York Theatre Workshop); Steel Magnolias (The Guthrie Theatre); Fun Home and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Kansas City Repertory Theater); Pericles (adaptation by Ellen McLaughlin) for Next Chapter Podcasts; The Names We Gave Him by Ellen McLaughlin and Peter Foley; Amber Waves (Indiana Repertory Theatre); and productions at Irish Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Theatreworks Silicon Valley (nominated for 8 Bay Area Critics Circle Awards), Two River Theater, People’s Light and Playmakers Repertory Theatre, among others.

Previously, Lisa was the Director of New Works at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, co-Artistic Director of The Actor's Center in NYC and co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is currently a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop, a member of the National Theater Conference, an Artistic Affiliate and former Audrey Fellow with New Georges, and sits on the artistic advisory boards for Epic Theatre Ensemble, Detroit Public Theater, the Drama League, Houses on the Moon Theatre Company and is a member of the Ambassadors Council for the National New Play Network (NNPN). She is also a former Fox Fellow, an alum of the Drama League New Director’s/New Works program, and was the Director of Global Exchange at The Lark for over five years.

Lisa has workshopped, developed and directed over one hundred new plays and musicals, working with multiple award winning writers. In New York, she has developed and presented work at HERE, NYTW, New Georges, The Lark, The Culture Project, The Foundry, Ensemble Studio Theater, The 52nd Street Project, Naked Angels, Epic Theater Ensemble, Summer Play Festival, among others. With composer Kim Sherman, librettist Margaret Vandenburg, and music director Kimberly Grigsby, Lisa has been developing a new music theatre piece (Ada) about Ada Byron. She has also taught and directed at many theatre 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 and many others. Lisa received her MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program and was invited by teacher and mentor Zelda Fichandler to be a part of the inaugural year of the Director’s Lab. See for more info.

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The A is For Playwriting Contest and ONE ACT Festival engages playwrights who support abortion rights and reproductive justice. Tickets are on sale for the 3rd annual festival featuring readings of the winning plays at Signature Theatre in NYC on Dec 9-10.

The Drama League Launches Digital Archive of 2022-23 International Directors Summit

The Drama League has launched its digital archive of the 2022-2023 International Directors Summit, which united eight world-class directors from around the globe for a series of conversations about the changing nature of their work.

Photos: First Look at the World Premiere of SHARED SENTENCES at Houses on the Moon Theater Company

Houses on the Moon Theater Company is presenting the world premiere of Emily Joy Weiner's SHARED SENTENCES directed by Lisa Rothe with additional material by Barbara Allan, Kevin Barron, Zudaydah Rivera, and Tanasha Gordon, through November 12 at 122CC. See photos here!

Two Post-Show Talk Backs to Take Place During Run of World Premiere of SHARED SENTENCES

As part of Houses on the Moon Theater Company’s dedication to amplifying unheard voices and community outreach, they will host two special post-show talkbacks with partners who have helped bring the world premiere of SHARED SENTENCES to the stage. 

Photos: Go Inside Houses on the Moon's AMPLIFY 2022 Gala

New York’s acclaimed Off-Broadway theatre company, Houses on The Moon, honored Tony Award-Winning producer Jane Dubin and SpotCo COO Aaliytha Stevens at their AMPLIFY 2022 Gala Celebration on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Green Room 42. See photos from the event here!

World Premiere of Emily Joy Weiner's SHARED SENTENCES to be Presented at Houses on the Moon Theater Company in October

Houses on the Moon Theater Company will present the world premiere of Emily Joy Weiner’s SHARED SENTENCES directed by Lisa Rothe with additional material by Barbara Allan, Kevin Barron, Zudaydah Rivera, and Tanasha Gordon. Performances begin October 26  in advance of its October 30 opening.

Houses on The Moon to Honor Jane Dubin and Aaliytha Stevens at Their AMPLIFY 2022 Gala Celebration

New York Off-Broadway theatre company, Houses on The Moon, will honor Tony Award-Winning producer Jane Dubin and SpotCo COO Aaliytha Stevens at their AMPLIFY 2022 Gala Celebration on Monday, October 3, 2022 at Green Room 42 (4th Floor, Yotel, 570 10th Avenue).

Juilliard Announces 2022-23 Season Programming Featuring More Than 700 Events

Juilliard has announced full programming for its 2022-23 season, including live music, dance, and drama performances at venues throughout the city with numerous livestreams and on-demand opportunities for global audiences to witness the future of the performing arts today.

Two River Theater to Present Crossing Borders Festival in August

Two River Theater’s highly celebrated Crossing Borders (Cruzando Fronteras) Festival of new plays by Latinx playwrights is set to take place August 4 – 7, 2022 in Two River’s Joan and Robert Rechnitz Theater.

Carrie Preston, Joel De La Fuente, Florencia Lozano and More Kick Off A Week Of Action With ROE V. WADE 2.0

Roe v. Wade 2.0, a collective action troupe of artists and activists, invites the public to participate in a week of theatrical action May 16-23 in defense of abortion rights. 

ANOTHER REVOLUTION Premieres at Gulfshore Playhouse This Week

For the final production of the 2021-2022 professional season, Gulfshore Playhouse announces the world premiere of “Another Revolution” by Jacqueline Bircher. The performance runs from April 30 through May 15, with preview performances on April 28 and 29.

AMPLIFY 2021, Honoring Hal Luftig, to be Presented by Houses on the Moon Theater Company

Houses on the Moon Theater Company/HOTM will hold their 20th anniversary gala, “Amplify 2021” on Monday evening, November 8, 2021 at The Loreto Theatre at The Sheen Center (18 Bleecker Street, NYC). The evening will honor a champion of unheard voices:  4-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Hal Luftig.

LISTEN: Keith David, Kathleen Chalfant and Johanna Day Star in PERICLES Presented by Play On Podcasts

Building upon Play On Shakespeare’s mission to enhance the understanding of Shakespeare’s plays, Play On Podcasts bring timeless tales directly to modern audiences. Following the success of Macbeth, the series – presented by Play On in partnership with Next Chapter Podcasts –continues today with the release of Ellen McLaughlin’s Pericles.

Scenes from ANGELS IN AMERICA, Liesl Tommy and More Take Home 2021 Drama League Awards

Tonight's the night!  The 87th Annual Drama League Awards will be streamed today, May 21, 2021 at 7:00PM ET. Who will win? BroadwayWorld is updating the list live!

Nominees Announced for 2021 Drama League Awards, Honoring Digital and Socially-Distanced Theatre Across the Country

The Drama League has just announced the 2021 Nominees and Special Recognition Honorees for The 87th Annual Drama League Awards. Keeping in the tradition of honoring the outstanding accomplishments of the theatrical community, as they have since 1935, this year the organization has established five unique categories to honor the extraordinary achievements of artists across the nation who created digital and socially-distanced theatrical productions during this challenging year of suspension for live arts.

New Musicals from Paulo K Tiról, Noam Shapiro and More Featured in New York Theatre Barn's New Works Series

New York Theatre Barn will host a free live stream of its award-winning New Works Series on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 at 7PM EST, featuring excerpts from the new musicals On This Side Of The World and The Village Of Vale. The live 1-hour presentation will also feature a conversation with the writers and creative team. 

Taylor Iman Jones, Jelani Remy, Marc delaCruz, and More Set for New York Theatre Barn's March 2021 Virtual Programming

New York Theatre Barn will continue to host free live streams of its New Works Series on select Wednesday evenings at 7PM ET. For the past year, the company has presented 37 virtual installments of its New Works Series (among other programming), showcased 78 new musicals, and lifted up the work of 131 writers and over 400 artists.

The Drama League Announces Formation of Directors Council Featuring Daniel Banks, Melia Bensussen and More

The Drama League has announced the formation of its first Directors Council, featuring nationally-renowned directors Daniel Banks, Melia Bensussen, Christopher Burris, Jillian Carucci, Jennifer Chang, Desdemona Chiang, R.J. Cutler, Estefanía Fadul, Raz Golden, Brian Eugenio Herrera, Adam Immerwahr, Gwynn MacDonald, Tony Phelan and more.

Virtual Theatre Today: Monday, November 2- with Rachel Brosnahan, Laura Benanti and More!

Today (November 2) in live streaming: Sing Out for Freedom, Beth Malone sings with Seth Rudetsky, and so much more!

Virtual Theatre This Weekend: October 31- November 1- with Beth Malone, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, and More!

Broadway might be dark, but that doesn't mean that theatre isn't happening everywhere! Below, check out where you can get your daily fix of Broadway this weekend, October 231-November 1, 2020.

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