Lisa Bodollo has taught acting, directing, and theatre at the university and K-12 levels for over twenty-five years. She received her MFA from Goddard College in Seattle, Washington, focusing on eco-dramatics incorporating shadow puppetry, dance, and indigenous storytelling. She holds a MA from Central Washington University in Theatre Production. Lisa has been a professor at the East Carolina University School of Theatre and Dance and collaborated with performance colleagues and local educational leaders to develop environmental plays and workshops.
Lisa has also taught acting, directing, puppetry, and educational theatre at Mount Saint Joseph University, Northern Kentucky University, and Xavier University. She has developed and produced several drama programs for children of all abilities and the underserved population at Cincinnati Uptown Arts, Xavier Lab School, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Northern Kentucky University Arts Enrichment Program, and the Cincinnati Public Schools Books in Action, which United Way hosted.
She has been a guest director and actor for Madcap Puppets Cincinnati Symphony and The Ohio State Fair Summer Theatre Series. Other directing credits include an original production for The Cincinnati Fringe Festival, Rock of Ages at The Kentucky Carnegie Center for the Arts, and over seventy musicals and plays, including Chicago, The Addams Family Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Hairspray, and The Miracle Worker.
Lisa has been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts as a finalist for “The People Could Fly, Virginia Hamilton, Youth Theatre Project.” In the past four years, she has received two Cincinnati Environmental Commitment Grants for her playwriting and outreach work on The Super Pollinators play hosted by the Cincinnati Nature Center and The Orca Project inspired by the environmental work done at West Coast Langley Whale Center. Lisa has received three Enquirer/Fifth Third Bank Theater Educator Acclaim Awards and the Educational Theatre Association Exemplary Theatre Program Award throughout her teaching career.