About

In some ways, I think of myself as 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, many interests, many pursuits

I write
I direct plays for the stage
I teach
I organize
I collaborate
I advocate
I adjudicate
I present
I inspire

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

That too has many answers. Let me see if I can break it down for you.

Formal Bio

Dr. Lisa A. Kramer has spent her life learning, creating, and exploring the world through directing and teaching theatre, writing, traveling, and collaborating as an educator. She received her MFA in directing from the University of Hawai’i, Manoa, and her Ph.D. in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. She now adds certification as a Gateless Writing facilitator, and will soon receive her certification as an International Creativity and Innovation Coach.

Lisa has worked around the country with people of all ages and abilities, in both academic and non-academic programs. Her career in academia has been interdisciplinary–she has taught in Theatre, Performance Studies, English, Writing, First Year Studies, Honors, Liberal Studies, and Education.

As an educator and a lifelong learner, Lisa is always pursuing her passion for learning, writing, and social justice. As an author, public speaker, and workshop leader she advocates for the power of play, creativity, and the arts toward building community and making true social change.

She recently co-founded Yes, And . . . Creativity Coaching to help people access their creative dreams using all the techniques she has learned over the years. In addition to coaching and writing, Lisa directs shows, develops collaborative projects, and runs workshops in creativity, theatre and writing for people of all ages and abilities through her company Heart Forward .

Recently she won the inaugural Adjunct Excellence in Teaching award from Worcester State University (WSU), while also teaching writing for the arts at Dean College. She has developed and led workshops about generating inclusive, diverse, and creative programs to artists and educators, at the Massachusetts Teacher’s Association Ethnic and Minority Affairs Conference, and the Clark University Diversity & Inclusion Certificate program, and the Next, and Performing the World Conference in NYC.

Her debut novel, P.O.W.ER (Word Hermit Press 2015) was a finalist for the Sarton Literary Prize in Contemporary Fiction. Dr. Kramer is co-author of Creative Collaborations through Inclusive Theatre and Community Based Learning (Palgrave/Macmillan 2017), winner of the American Alliance of Theatre Education Distinguished Book Award (2018). Her work can also be found in various short story anthologies, journals, and magazines. Learn more about her writing at www.lisaakramer.com

I have many dreams.

That’s the formal stuff. 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 . . .

In these pages, you’ll find my passions, my hopes, my inspirations, my dreams.

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 and not greed. You will discover my strengths and my fears.

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

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.

If you have any questions, ideas or simply want to say hi, feel free to reach out.

I look forward to future dreams, collaborations, and stories.

24 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Lisa – I LOVE your blog and everything you stand for! Would I be able to do a guest post for you? I’m a huge musical theatre-lover, a mixed-media artist and an author with a one-woman autobiographical musical about my near-death experience and my
    continued celebration of life. This pretty much sums up my life so far – https://www.amyoes.com/2015/08/09/how-losing-my-stomach-made-me-hungry-for-life/ I use my one-woman show, Gutless & Grateful to share my message of hope, resilience and gratitude. I believe anyone can and deserves to create art, joy and the life of their dreams – no matter what. My own site is amyoes.com – check it out and let me know if you ever wanted a guest post, or if you wanted to write something for me, I’d be honored! Best, Amy

    1. Wow, Amy, I’m amazed by your story and honored that you contacted me. I would be thrilled if you contributed to my Celebrating Our Unique Powers series, because you are obviously a superhero and I love that. Details are here https://www.lisaakramer.com/celebrating-our-unique-powers/. If you decide to send me something (my email is lisaakramer@lisaakramer.com please include a short bio and some images to go along with the piece.

      I’d also be happy to write something for you if you have anything in particular in mind.

      I look forward to learning more about you.

  2. CMSmith says:

    If you’d like an ebook, I can get you a coupon code for Smashwords where there are different formats, or a gift from Amazon for a Kindle. If you’d like a paperback, I’ll need your postal address. It makes no difference to me. Thanks for your help.

  3. CMSmith says:

    Hi Lisa,
    The email address I have for you must be an old one because it bounced. I wanted to offer you a copy of my book about my dad and his Alzheimer’s if you would like to read it. You were a big support with Dancing in Heaven, and one of my first blogging friends, even though I have perhaps not been as good of a friend back. Somewhere along the line I fell off the blogging train and am not sure I will ever find my way back to it in quite the same way. Anyway, I wanted to offer you the book without any expectation of a review. I know you are busy. It’s just that I have a memory (which is becoming less and less reliable every day), of you losing your father around the time I lost mine. Correct me if I’m mistaken. I thought you might like to read Where Memories Meet. Let me know if you’d like me to send you a copy.

    It looks like you are still following your creative path in several directions. It’s possibly a blessing and a curse at the same time to have such a creative mind. I don’t know how you feel about that.

    If you’ve lost my address, it is christine.m.grote@gmail.com.

    I hope you are having good weather wherever you are now. It’s a lovely fall day here. I plan to take a walk in the woods with Mark, Arthur, and my camera later this afternoon.

    Take care, Lisa.
    Christine

    1. Hi Christine

      I would be honored to read your book and I will of course review it. Yes, my Dad passed at around the same time.

      No apologies necessary about blogging or anything. I don’t blog often at all now. I think that is the nature of creative life. Things ebb and flow as we discover our creative paths. Let me know what info you need from me. <3 Lisa

  4. A magical scroll arrived by messenger to inform me of the wonderful news: Lisa, you are following my blog ramblings.

    I sincerely wish to take this opportunity to thank you. I know you’re probably busy, and there are so many amazing blogs in the blogsphere to spend your time reading, so I’m honoured you wish to spend time reading my posts.

    With my blog I hope to inform, teach and bring smiles to those who read. The main purpose of Diane Tibert’s Dreamer blog is to share my experience in writing and publishing, including operating my own company Quarter Castle Publishing. Since January 2011 I have created more than 300 posts to share my writing obsession. If you are on a publishing journey I hope these posts have made it easier.

    When I’m not talking about the writing and publishing world, I’m talking about my art, my animals (donkey, goats, chickens and ducks), the weather and living in Nova Scotia.

    Thank you for your support.

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      Wow, that’s one of the nicest welcome’s I’ve ever received. I look forward to learning more from you and hopefully find my own path to publishing. I also love that you have such cool animals. I hope you are staying warm in Nova Scotia.

      Lisa

  5. sued51 says:

    Wow! I hope reading what you write can inspire me…seems like we are cut from the same cloth…

  6. Ye Pirate says:

    Oh the Roma…I remember desperate times for them in Hungary in the early 1990s…not much has changed…

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      Very little has change. It’s sad that prejudice lingers for so long.

  7. Dear me! I’m not very wise at all. But, all I can tell you is that Professor VJ Duke is not a stuffy professor!

  8. I think we may have to different definitions in mind. I rather feel that I have redefined the word.
    The proud,
    Prof VJ

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      Teach me oh wise one!

  9. You sound like a very interesting lady. Keep up the good work! And wish for professorism. (I’m sorry for that. Usually can’t help it.)

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      Thanks Professor. I’ll keep plugging away, but I think my desire for professorism has long since left the building.

      1. It couldn’t have! Professorism is a great interest. I suffer from it strongly.

        1. Lisa Kramer says:

          The interest may be there but I don’t have a thick enough skin.

  10. interesting, didn’t realize you held an MFA in theater. That’s actually a pretty interesting cross over to writing.

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      MFA in theatre directing, PhD in Theatres for Youth, but always a writer at heart. For me, theatre is an extension of writing, words coming to life and images communicating story.

  11. From one who’s interests also go in many directions, I say go for it. All creative pursuits feed one another no matter how diverse. And I should know.

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      Thanks, that’s comforting. The only challenge comes when I try to market or label who or what I am, however for now I’ll just continue to go with the creative flow and do it all.

  12. Donna Parrone says:

    Right on!! Or shall I say, “Write on!!”

    1. Lisa Kramer says:

      Both work. Maybe add, “Create on!” Thanks for commenting, Donna. You are one of my mentors, you know, because you’ve always been passionate about following your heart.

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