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.
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.