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Lisa A. Kramer: Woman Wielding Words

Welcome to my creative space, where I believe words have power, we can change the world by sharing stories, imagination is valuable, and that my voice will not be silenced. I hope you will join me here, by reading my blog and books, joining me in workshops, contributing guest posts, and maybe even making a comment or two or more. Everyone is welcome! I look forward to hearing your stories.

My Writing

P.O.W. ER

P.O.W. ER : In a world where access to the written word is reserved to men, Andra BetScrivener has been able to read and write ever since she was a little girl without anyone teaching her. Join her as she uses her abilities to bring freedom and change to an oppressed society.

 Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning: Students in Transition

Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning: Students in Transition : Share the stories of a collaboration between two educators who believe that learning is enhanced when it reaches beyond the confines of the classroom, and brings in creative approaches.

THEME-THOLOGY: INVASION

THEME-THOLOGY: INVASION : Watch the skies. Watch the least creatures beneath your feet. Watch the border. Most of all, watch yourself. Invasion is fifteen flavors of fear.

THEME-THOLOGY: DAY I DIED

THEME-THOLOGY: DAY I DIED : Death isn’t always an end. Meet a woman who is saved by medical science — too well. Spend the day with a man who is guaranteed resurrection but must spend every lifetime with a crazy person. Ten stories by ten authors, all exploring the death of a main character.

THEME-THOLOGY: Real World UNREAL:

THEME-THOLOGY: Real World UNREAL: : 13 Stories by Theme-Thology authors, which expose the unreal parts of your supposedly real world. Meet the other Queen of England. Mourn the boy who didn’t die. Find out how foreign another country can be. Real World Unreal where the real world takes a hard jog to the left.

Everyone’s A Critic

“Everyone’s a Critic” (Co-written with Doug Cooney and Morgan Greene), Feature Article, TYA Today (Fall 2014): 8-13

Looks at the role of theatre criticism in TYA, from the perspectives of both the artists and the critics.

Let’s Talk About Sex

“Let’s Talk About Sex”, Feature Article, TYA Today (Spring 2013): 7-13.

This is a shot of the index page with my article listed. The picture is of Felix Teich and Ian Shain in Boston Children's Theatre's World Premiere production of REFLECTIONS OF A ROCK LOBSTER by Burgess Clark based on the book by Aaron Fricke. Although I didn't get the whole image in the shot, the photo is by Saglio Photography, Inc.

“Picture a darkened theatre filled with an audience of both children and adults. When the lights come up the audience sees a gigantic balloon of a nude woman that almost fills the stage. As music builds, this mother figure gives birth to the characters who will then share a story through movement, sound, and no real words.”

 Creativity and Leadership

“Creativity and Leadership,” Listen Magazine, March, 2008: 20-21.

You like writing, painting, acting, or playing an instrument but it seems like all the people around you prefer partying, dating, sports, and shopping.  Does that mean you’re weird? Destined to be alone and always different?  No!  It means that you have skills, talent, and a creative way of looking at life that you can use to change the world!

“Everybody hates me,” Julia says in a drama workshop at G.O.A.L, (Girl’s Opportunities through Arts Leadership).  Why would she say that, I ask myself?  She makes interesting choices in her improvisations, including playing a person with multiple personalities.  In a writing exercise, she creates her version of a Japanese anime with a gruesome sword fight.  Someday, I believe, she is going to be a great writer.

 Fear No Audience

“Fear No Audience,” Listen Magazine, February, 2007: 22-23.

You worked on your presentation all night.  It’s good, you think.  You take a step toward the front of the class, and suddenly your legs are spaghetti.  Your hands feel clammy, your stomach turns somersaults, and your heart pounds loudly.  You are convinced that you are about to make a complete fool of yourself.  You have stage fright.

Everyone has to speak in front of others at some point in his/her life.  Even the most experienced performers, young and old, can get nervous.  Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, described a mid-career experience with stage fright:  “[I was] unable to say the lines, unable even to walk offstage, I longed for the proverbial trapdoor to open and release me [. . .].”

If even professional actors can get it, how can you deal with stage fright?

In Search of the Performance

“In Search of the Performance, Hålogaland Theatre, Norway.” TYA Today. 13 (2000): 12-13.

ASSITEJ ConferenceI went into my first show at the ASSITEJ World Congress not knowing what to expect. Before the show, the audience members sat around talking to each other, just as we do in the United States. However, the show began a little differently then I expected. The lights did not dim, and no curtain was raised. Instead a man walked onto the stage and began vacuuming. Eventually we noticed him and he noticed us. . . .

Blog

A New First

By Lisa KramerMarch 10, 20178

I am a little late posting this, but on February 16, 2017 I did my first television interview as an author. I failed to mention my more recent publication (Creative Collaborations . . . ) which is probably a publicity fail, but we talked a lot about P.O.W.ER, the talented Jackie Haltom, and other projects. I...

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Today We Wear Red: A Day without Women

By Lisa KramerMarch 8, 20170

Today we wear red, because so many women cannot simply take a day off, stop working, ignore their responsibilities . . . But that is just the point. Without women, this world would not function. We are the nurturers, the organizers, the mothers, the caregivers, the educators. We are the doctors, the lawyers, the governors,...

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What it Means to be Jewish in a World Filled with Hate

By Lisa KramerFebruary 28, 20170

It is happening daily now. Antisemitic attacks. Jewish cemeteries vandalized. JCCs threatened with bomb threats. It is a real thing. And, although they deny it, it is coming from the top-tier of the government. It stems from fostering hatred against anyone who has been considered Other (Muslims, immigrants, people of color, trans people, gays, etc.)...

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Fourteen

By Lisa KramerFebruary 15, 20172

Fourteen steps between what was and what will be. Fourteen dreams hesitant dreams of tomorrow while hugging the teddy bears of the past in secret. Fourteen hides inside her room whispering obscure thoughts but sometimes opens the door and invites her family in. Fourteen has her own opinion and ideas. She does not want to be...

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To Those Who Said “You Don’t March for Me”

By Lisa KramerJanuary 23, 20179

Dear Women: There are some who said we did not march for all women, but only for women who think the same way as everyone at the march. In a crowd that numbered millions (across the world), I doubt we all had the same thoughts on every issue. I know my thoughts were everywhere as...

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Contact me

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About the Woman Behind the Words

Welcome everybody!

Allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Lisa and I am a Renaissance Woman!

What exactly does that mean, you ask? Well, it means that I can’t really define myself by what I do for a living, or what niche I fill. I have many abilities, many lives, and many pursuits. I write, I direct (plays), I teach, I organize, I collaborate, I advocate, a adjudicate, I present, I inspire.

“Ah,” you ask, “But how do you make a living?”

Mostly, I teach as adjunct faculty at various colleges and universities, but even there I cannot be pigeon-holed. I have taught in a variety of programs: theatre (I hold an MFA in directing and a Ph.D in Theatre for Youth), writing (composition and research classes), education, honors, and first year studies.

While that is how I make the majority of my “living” I also make (a little) money on the side by teaching, writing, presenting, leading workshops, etc.

But really, I don’t think how I make a living defines me . . . except that it is all related to being creative and believing in the power of creativity and the arts to make this world a better place. Or maybe it is all related to me being a dreamer . . .

I have many dreams.

In these pages, you’ll find my passions, my hopes, my inspirations, my dreams. You will find links to books I’ve written or plan to write; to shows I’ve directed; to projects I’ve created; to companies I own (heArtful Collaberative); to books I’ve read that inspire me; to friends that I support.

You will also find stories about my life and the people I love. You’ll find the words and art of others, and some of my own. You will find poetry and prose, successes and failures

If you dig deeply enough, you will learn what I am passionate about, and hear my occasional soap box rants. You will see me fight for justice and a world guided by passion and compassion rather than greed. You will discover my strengths and my fears.

I am a writer, an educator, a theatre artist, an activist, I wife, a mother, a friend, an artist, a traveler and a complex human being.

Here is an interview about P.O.W.ER that I did in 2017 . . . my first ever television interview:

In other words, I am a Renaissance Woman.

Welcome to my  world of words and other things. I look forward to learning more about you as well, so please visit and comment as often as you would like. I promise to respond.