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Lisa Biggs

Northwestern University
Performing Artist and Performance Studies PhD Candidate
Greater Chicago Area
Lisa is a performing artist and performance scholar who holds a B.A. in Theatre & Dance from Amherst College and an M.A. in Playwriting & Performance Studies from the Gallatin School at New York University. Her dissertation in the Performance Studies Department at Northwestern University investigates the performance of social activism by incarcerated women enrolled in "rehabilitative," prison-based, arts programs at facilities across the U.S. She is an experienced actress and playwright whose original works have been presented by Cultural Odyssey, the National Black Theatre Festival, Links Hall, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and many more. A former member of the Living Stage Theatre Company, she has facilitated hundreds of theatre for social change workshops for participants aged 3-103. Lisa is currently a Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College-Chicago; an avid yogi; runner; and fundraiser for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. A forthcoming article about Rhodessa Jones and her award-winning solo play, 'Big-Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women,' will appear in 'Solo/Black/Woman,' a volume of play scripts and critical essays edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera.