Vice President - Executive Board & Board of Directors
Co-Founder, Resident Playwright,
Publicist, Producer and Director
Lisa Giordano is a playwright, artist, producer, director and former scientist. She is a founding board member of Emerson Theater Collaborative (ETC), and ETC’s Resident Playwright and Publicity Director. Also, Lisa is the founder and facilitator of the Annual Zora Neale Hurston Celebration of Her Life and Works, which has been produced by ETC. She’s “worn many hats” since ETC’s inception, in all areas of production—as playwright, assistant director, dramaturge, Educational Outreach Director, grant writer and more.
“I helped draft ETC’s mission statement, and am especially dedicated to serving youth, and under-represented and diverse communities in the arts,” Lisa explained. “Not many theater companies are committed to producing new works, especially new works written by and about people of color and women as ETC does. I think it is also important to give back to the community, and ETC has been doing this since the beginning.”
Additionally, Lisa is an ad hoc faculty member and board member at large of the Writer’s Block, Ink, a youth performing arts organization in New London, Conn., and a founding coordinator of the Annual New London Youth Talent Show. She is a current member of the Dramatist Guild, and has penned many plays. Her play, Harriet Tubman’s Dream, is continually produced by ETC in both theater venues and schools. ETC produced her play, Ink Never Spoils, which was commissioned by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce and was performed at their 100th Anniversary Gala in the fall of 2010. Her play, True Nature of All Being, received an Honorable Mention in the Clauder Competition, the New England Playwrights’ Festival held in Maine, and was finalist with an Honorable Mention in the International Eco-drama Playwrights’ Festival in California.
Locally, two of her musical plays for children, Rock Around the Sound and To Bee or Not To Bee and Other Bug Tales were performed at the Garde Arts Center in New London, Conn., as part of their Kids on Stage program. As an artist, Lisa has focused on American Impressionism, and her works have been exhibited in venues in Connecticut and Rhode Island.