LOS ANGELES WOMEN'S SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
The Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company (LAWSC) is a nonprofit organization which produces professional productions of Shakespeare's plays with an all-female ensemble. They provided opportunities for collaboration between multiracial, highly accomplished artists: actors, producers, directors, choreographers, designers and educators. LAWSC contributes to a transformation of the perceptions of women's roles in our society by demonstrating unbounded cross gender potential. Their productions illuminate contemporary issues in classical context, offering a unique political and social perspective.
FOUNDER - LISA WOLPE
Lisa is a good all round theatre maker: actress, director, teacher, playwright and producer. She was the Producing Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company which was active for 17 years, from 1993 until 2010, according to their website. Shortly after founding in 1993 the LAWSC, LA Magazine named this troupe as:
“one of the ten coolest things to do in Los Angeles”
Since then, the LAWSC has been featured on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS News. Honors include the 2008 L.A. Drama Critic's Award for Sustained Excellence, hardly surprising after (at that time) 15 years of quality performances - and we take our hat off to Lisa and the girls. Lisa has directed more than 30 productions of Shakespeare and played many of the Bard’s leading male roles. She directed many kinds of contemporary and classical theater and also teaches Acting and Directing. Lisa starred in 'A Marine Story,' a full length feature film.
the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,
Berkeley Repertory Theatre,
Shakespeare & Company,
San Diego Repertory Theater,
Arizona Theater Company,
Southwest Shakespeare Company,
People’s Light & Theatre,
Boston Playwright’s Festival,
Boston Center for the Arts (one-woman show).
Which roles included:
The Merchant of Venice,
As You Like It,
The Winter’s Tale,
Much Ado About Nothing,
A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
Romeo and Juliet,
Measure for Measure,
The Importance of Being Earnest,
A Tyrant’s Tale,
Macbeth3 (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company).
Banquo, Macduff and Duncan in Macbeth3,
Uncle Sam in Yankee Doodle Vaudeville,
Chorus in Medea, Ramona in Zara Spook (Edinburgh Festival).
A Marine Story (see video below)
A Year in the Life.
Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender (one-woman show);
Adaptations of Shakespeare including:
Katie the Curst (Taming of the Shrew),
A Tyrant's Tale (Winter's Tale),
Parzival (San Diego Critic’s Award Best New Play;
ClownWork (Sushi Gallery) Harmonious Proportions (Boston Center for the Arts).
Other honors include: NBC Local Hero, Women in Theater, Drama-Logue, Ovation, LA Weekly, Maddie awards. Globe International Theater Fellow.
Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company began its producing history in 1993 with Romeo & Juliet at the 50-seat Hollywood Actor's Theater, funded by individual donations. We then won grant support for our subsequent productions, allowing us to rent slightly larger theaters and pay modest stipends to our artists and staff, while remaining at core a volunteer-based, grass-roots company with an enthusiastic and dedicated ever-expanding audience.
Lisa Wolpe as Iago
Trailer for The Importance of Being Earnest
Trailer from The Tyrant
Trailer from Othello
LINKS & CONTACTS:
Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company
Los Angeles - Women's Shakespeare Company
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