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Lisa Channer



                                           Lisa Channer
                                          3230 Garfield St. NE
                                       Minneapolis, MN 55418
                                612.789.9109 (home) 612.308.1365 (cell)


      Yale School of Drama, New Haven Ct. M.F.A., Directing 5/00
      University of Massachusetts, Amherst Ma. B.A., Theatre Arts 6/89


      Delle Arte School of Physical Theatre, Blue Lake CA, 1997
      St. Petersburg Academy of Theatre Arts, St. Petersburg Russia, 1999

     2007 –– Present – Assistant Professor – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

      2006 –– 2007 – Visiting Associate Professor – University of Alabama at Birmingham

      2002 –– 2007 - Associate Professor – Auburn University, Auburn AL
      Tenured 2005. On leave of absence 2006-07.

      2000 -– 2002 Adjunct Professor – University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA


      1991-1997 Founder and Teacher - Sleeveless Theatre School, Northampton MA
      Taught or oversaw over 200 students. Classes: Acting (all levels), Improvisation, Creating Original
      Work, Directing, Comedy Improvisation, Clown Theatre, Political Theatre, Physical Theatre


      2004-2006 Faculty – The Human Odyssey. Auburn University. Two year invitation to teach on the
      faculty of this interdisciplinary, team taught course covering the history of humanity from the
      perspective of the “two cultures” (sciences and arts/humanities)

      2002 – 2004 Faculty – Pennsylvania Governors School of the Arts, Erie PA. Taught Acting and
      Improvisation to select High School Seniors in a competitive summer intensive. Direct two
      productions per season.

      2000 – 2002 Teaching Assistant – University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA.
      Led three discussion sections of “Theatre 100”. Includes teaching acting, directing, analysis, history
      and original play creation

      1999 and 2000 Visiting Teacher - Yale University, New Haven CT
      Taught Biomechanics and Physical Improvisation for acting and dramaturgy students in the theatre

     studies department

     2000 Visiting Teacher – Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven CT
     Taught workshop on the plays and life of the playwright Moliere for students at performing arts high
     school in conjunction with my production of The Misanthrope

     2000 – 2002 Faculty - Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter High School, Hadley MA. Taught
     Physical Improvisation, Theatre History, AP Directing and Script Analysis

     2000 Director and Teacher - B.O.C.E.S. Advanced Theatre Training, New Paltz NY. Six-week
     intensive training program for selected, pre-college age actors

     2000, 1998, 1997, 1996 Faculty - Summer Dance, Rosendale NY
     Taught beginning and advance level theatre improvisation and acting as part of professional dancer

     1995 Teacher - Guild Art School, Northampton MA
     Taught full semester of beginning acting for non-actors

     1995 – 1997 Faculty Member - Dance New England, Boston MA
     Taught theatre classes to dancers during summer intensives in a variety of locations around New

     1994 Guest Teacher - Holyoke Street School, Holyoke MA
     Taught semester long course in acting to teens who are unable to attend public school because of
     behavior problems. Used acting as a way to examine and solve life problems

     1994 Dance Faculty - Amherst Community Arts Center, North Amherst MA. Taught Modern
     Dance and Ballet

     1985 and 1986 Dance Faculty - Deborah Vinton School, New Paltz NY.
     Taught Ballet at all levels; Modern Dance and Choreography for advanced students


     2001 University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA
           Directed original adaptation of Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol as part of residency by
           Theatre Novi Most
               Wrote and Directed Production with Novi Most
               Supervised team of graduate student designers and dramaturges.
               Participated in one panel discussion and one workshop on the work of Gogol and The
                  Creation of New Work

     1996 University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA
               Directed performance of Mill America as part of residency by Sleeveless Theatre
               Taught classes in physical Improvisation and Text Development to undergraduate and
                  graduate students
               Supervised team of graduate student designers and interns who worked on Mill

      1996 S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, New Paltz NY
             Residency with undergraduate theatre dept. Presented performance and taught workshops in
             comedy improvisation and “creating political theatre”

      1996 Audubon Institute, Belfast ME
            Two day intensive training in theatre games and communication techniques for diverse
            faculty of conservation activists

      1995 Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA
            Two day residency. Taught workshop in theatre improvisation in conjunction with

      1995 University of Maine
            Presented performance in conjunction with workshops in social/political theatre and theatre

      1994 University of North Dakota
            Presented performance in conjunction with workshop on theatre improvisation

      1994 Sonoma State College, California
            Presented performance in conjunction with weekend long intensive workshop on
            social/political theatre

      1994 Northern Illinois University
            Presented performance in conjunction with workshops in comedy improvisation

      1992 Westfield State College, Massachusetts
            Presented performance in conjunction with workshops on theatre improvisation


      2009 Panelist “Kushner in Context” for the University of Minnesota “Kushner Celebration”. Invited.

      2009 Workshop Leader, Biomechanics. The Playwrights Center.

      2008 Panel Moderator “Directing Challenges and Discoveries” for the Framing Suzan Lori Parks
      discussion series presented by the English department University of Minnesota. Panel included
      Laurie Carlos, Oskar Eustis and Wendy Knox. Invited.

      2007 Colloquium Panel Member, "The Quilts of Gee’s Bend in Context Project: The Politics of
       Research and Teaching The Quilts of Gee’s Bend in the Heart of Dixie". Presented new play
      “Piecing Time” at NYU as part of colloquium. Art and Society Symposium. New York, NY.

      2007 Workshop Leader, Meyerhold’s Training System: Biomechanics. SETC Conference,
      Atlanta, GA. Juried.

      2007 Panelist, Staging the Vagina Monologues, Honors College Series, University of Alabama,
      Birmingham. Invited.

2006 Lecturer, The Trojan Women: Four years out. Part of “Resisting Sisters Film Series”,
Auburn University. Talk on remaining relevance of 2002 production in relation to current world
events. Given in conjunction with screening of film made of production. Invited.

2005 Presenter, “A Directors Odyssey: Directing Trojan Women while on the verge of war with
Iraq” SETC Theatre Symposium. Juried.

2004 Presenter/Panelist. “Collaboration on Voice, Speech and Text for Performance” American
Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Toronto ON. Invited

2003 Guest Lecturer, “History and the Laramie Project” Southern Union College. Auburn AL

2003 Lecturer, “The Role of The Director”- Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Auburn University

2003 Lecturer, “Euripides’s Trojan Women: A Directors Journey” Humanities lecture series,
Auburn University. Invited.

2001 Panelist, “The work and life of Nikolai Gogol”, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA.

2001 Presenter, “Sites of Conflict: Art in a Culture of Violence” Arts Now Conference, SUNY
New Paltz, NY. Juried.

1998 Author, “Vital Theatre”, Theatre Magazine; Volume 28, number 3. Invited.

1997 Panelist, “The Next generation of women directors” The Women’s Project, New York City.

1997 Presenter, “Making Mill America”, Presented at Quinnipiac College, Worcester Ma and at
S.U.N.Y. New Paltz. Invited

1994 Speaker, “Theatre: The Language of our Souls”. Sermon delivered to the
Unitarian/Universalist Fellowships of Northampton and Amherst MA. Invited.


Theatre Novi Most, Minneapolis and St. Petersburg Russia, 1998 - Present
Combines the artistic traditions of Russia and America to create performances in which seemingly
disparate ideas, languages, cultures and ideologies can clash, commingle and cross-pollinate.
Currently working on a new staging of the Gilgamesh epic and M2: The Futurists and Mayakovsky
about the Russian playwright inside the futurist art movement.

The Meyerhold Project/Revizor, New Haven Ct. and St. Petersburg, Russia 1997 - 2000

Bilingual collaboration between Yale Repertory Theatre/School of Drama and The St. Petersburg
Academy of Theatre Arts, Russia. Includes re-staging of Vsevolod Meyerhold’s 1926 Inspector
General (Revizor) by Nikolai Gogol, co-directed by David Chambers and Gennady Trostianetsky.

      Oversaw company of 15 Russian actor/directors, 7 American actors, two directors, three dramaturgs,
      one composer, two Meyerhold specialists, and three designers
             Associate Producer on Amsterdam/Russia Tour; Assistant Director in rehearsals; Project
                Choreographer; Performer in Amsterdam
             Performed at Yale Repertory Theatre; IT’s Festival Amsterdam; Alexandrinsky Theatre,
                St. Petersburg

     Sleeveless Theatre Inc, Northampton Ma. 1989 - 1997

      Professional company based in Western Massachusetts and dedicated to creating original plays on
      social and political issues. Particular focus on the lives and perspectives of women. Sleeveless was
      the Resident Company at the Northampton Center for the Arts and received grants and support from
      the N.E.A., Mass Cultural Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Fund for Women Artists,
      Artslink and Arts International.

                Co-Artistic Director/performer - Sleeveless Theatre Company. Directed five world
                 premieres, and booked company tours in the U.S. and Ireland
                Founder /Teacher - Sleeveless Theatre School. Taught acting, directing, improvisation,
                 clown, and social/political theatre to over 200 students
                Co-Founder/Performer - Sleeveless Improv Troupe - Performed locally and nationally,


             June, 2009. Director/Creator. M2. Theatre Novi Most at Open Eye Figure Theatre

             December, 2008. Director/Creator. Gilgamesh: a performance about institutional collapse
             by Theatre Novi Most and UMN TAD. Workshop presentation. University of Minnesota
             department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

             Sept, 2008. Director. She Was My Brother by Julie Jensen. The Playwrights Center,
             Minneapolis MN.

             August, 2008. Director/performer. Delirium for Two by Eugene Ionesco and Theatre Novi
             Most. Red Eye Theatre, Minneapolis MN as part of Minnesota Fringe Festival.

             July, 2008. Director. I’m Telling by Maria Asp, Darcey Engen and Nanci Olesen.
             Illusion Theatre, Minneapolis, MN.

             January 2008 – Artistic Advisor/Performer, research showing for Jasper Johns. Skewed
             Visions and Iguan Dance Theatre, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis MN.

             March, 2007 – Producer Birmingham Fringe Festival of New Theatre, Birmingham, AL

             March, 2007 – Director, 365 Plays/365 Days: Week #15. Birmingham Fringe Festival of
             New Theatre, Birmingham, AL.

             2004 - Director Caucasian Chalk Circle. Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts,

Erie PA

2004 and 2006 – Director Gilgamesh for Kids. Theatre Novi Most. Mercyhust College,
Erie, PA and Auburn University, Auburn AL.

2003 – Director, The American Clock. Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts,
Erie, PA

2003 – Director The Hermit – an original meditation on 9/11. Pennsylvania Governor’s
School for the Arts, Erie PA

2001 – Director, Diary of a Madman. Theatre Novi Most/Cold War Project, Amherst, MA

2001 – Director, Biography. (American Premiere). Market Theatre, Boston

1999- 2008 – Director/Performer, Delirium for Two. With Theatre Novi Most/Cold War
Project, performed at Yale Cabaret, New Haven CT (1998);; S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, New Paltz,
NY (2001); South East Studios, Hadley MA (2002); Minnesota Fringe Festival, Minneapolis
MN (2008)

1996 – Director, Mill America (world premiere). By Anna Dolan with Sleeveless Theatre, in
residence at University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA

1993/94 – Director, The Virgin Trip, By Maureen Futtner with Sleeveless Theatre.
    Premiered 1993 at University of Massachusetts.
    Additional tour to The Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast N. Ireland, Oct 1994

1991-1995 – Director/Performer, The F Word by Sleeveless Theatre.
    Premiered 1991, Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton MA.
    Representative venues from four year national tour:
           Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York, NY
           EXILE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
           Organic Lab Theatre, Chicago, IL
           Women’s Theatre Festival; Philadelphia, PA
           Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT

1992-1997 – Performer. Sleeveless Theater Improv Troupe. Based in Northampton MA and
toured throughout New England and New York.

1992-1993 – Director/Performer, War: The Mini Series by Sleeveless Theatre.
    Premiered in 1992 at the Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA.
    Also performed at Westfield State College, Springfield, MA

1989 – 1992 – Director/Performer, Womb for Rent by Sleeveless Theatre.
    Premiered 1989 at Northampton Center for the Arts, Northampton, MA
    Representative Venues from three year national tour:
           Lucille Ball Festival of New Comedy, Jamestown NY
           W.O.W. Café, New York NY
           Mountain Moving Theatre, Chicago, IL

                     Civic Center, Sioux Falls, SD
                     Boston Baked Theatre, Boston MA

        1989 – Director, Blessed. By Maureen Futtner. Hamden Theatre, Amherst MA

        1987-88 – Actor, New Rise of the Master Race, Boston Center for the Arts, Little Flags
        Theatre, Boston MA. Directed by Maxine Klein. Performed as member of company for one
        full season.

        1986-1988 – Principle Dancer, Deborah Vinton Dance Ensemble, New Paltz, NY. Dance
        company performing and touring classical and modern works.

 Directing and Producing Work (university productions)
        2009 – Director, Big Love by Charles Mee. University of Minnesota

        2009 – Director, A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner. University of Minnesota

        2008 – Director, The Galileo Project: Brecht’s Brain. University of Minnesota. Original
        play about Galileo and Galilei and his testimony before the House Un American Activities

        2007 – Director, Burning Churches, University of Alabama, Birmingham. Original piece
        based on interviews, about a series of church burnings in Alabama in 2006.

        2006 – Director, Playboy of the Western World by John Synge. University of Alabama,

        2006 – Director, Generation Why, University of Alabama, Birmingham. Original play with
        music and movement about generation born in mid 1980’s

        2006 – Director, Defying Gravity by Auburn University

        2005 – Director, Piecing Time by Kanfinae Jones. Auburn University

        2004 – Producer, A Story’s A Story by Deborah Lubar Auburn University

        2004 – Director, The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and Tectonic Theatre. Auburn

        2003 – Director, Kibbles and Bits and Pieces, Auburn University. Original play made with
        students about 20th century art movements.

        2003 – Producer, The Pomegranate Seed by Cosey Sheridan. Auburn University

        2003 – Director, The Trojan Women by Euripides. Auburn University

        2002 – Director, Nightime Turbulence and Brief Nudity Auburn University. Original play
        made with students about the dream state.

Directing – Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre


       2000 - Director, Family Stories: Belgrade by Biljana Srbljanovic (English language world
       premiere). Yale School of Drama, New Haven CT

       2000 – Director, The Misanthrope by Moliere. Yale School of Drama/Repertory Theatre,
       New Haven CT (Masters Thesis)

       1999 – Director, Rice Boy by Sunil Kurivilla. (world Premiere). Yale School of Drama, New
       Haven CT

       1998 – The Winters Tale by Shakespeare. Yale School of Drama, New Haven CT

       1998 – Assistant Director, Galileo by Bertolt Brecht. Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven

       1998 – Creator/Director, Le Cirque Academique. Yale Cabaret, New Haven CT

       1997 – Director, Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner. Yale School of Drama, New
       Haven, CT

Plays created and produced by SLEEVELESS THEATRE from 1989 to 1997:

Womb For Rent, 1989 (nationally touring vaudeville about the abortion debate)
War: The Mini Series, 1991 (satire about the history of war written in response to the media
coverage of The Gulf War)
The F Word, 1992 (nationally touring play about how the feminist movement is viewed by young
The Virgin Trip, 1994 (one woman play about the world wide phenomenon of Virgin Mary
Emily Unplugged, 1995 (one woman play which takes a contemporary look at Emily Dickinson)
Mill America, 1996 (full length play with original music about the woman who worked the mills in
1860’s Lowell Massachusetts, the sight of the beginning of American’s industrial revolution)

Plays created and produced by THEATRE NOVI MOST since 1999:
Delirium For Two, 1998 (touring bilingual adaptation of Ionesco’s script)
Diary of a Madman, 2001(bilingual adaptation of Gogol short story set in contemporary mental
M2, 2009 (original play about Mayakovsky and Marinetti)
Gilgamesh, 2010 (original performance based on the epic of Gilgamesh)


       University of Minnesota - Teach courses in the B.A. performance program. Teach Creating
       the Performance, Advanced Improvisation, Intermediate Playwriting: new methods in
       collaborative play-making for actors, writers and directors, Directing (beginning and
       intermediate). Direct each year in subscriber season.

       University of Alabama - Teach Directing I, Directing II and Experimental Company (course I
       was asked to create). Direct in season and direct Experimental Company class in original

      performance piece. Produced 365 Plays/365 Day with UAB students as part of the national
      project. Produced 1st Birmingham/UAB Fringe Festival of New Theatre in May 2007.

      Auburn University - Teach Directing, Acting, Analysis of Dramatic Literature, The Director
      as Creator (course I was asked to create), The Human Odyssey (invited faculty), Introduction
      to the Theatre.

      University of Massachusetts - Lecturer for Theater 100. Taught theatre history, practice and
      performance to 180 students per semester. Oversaw festival of original plays presented by
      Theater 100 students


      Departmental Level - UMN
      2009/10: Member. Women’s Faculty Cabinet. University of Minnesota
      2008/2009: Faculty Co-Advisor. The Ex Board. University of Minnesota

      2008/2009: Departmental U/RTA Coach. University of Minnesota

      2008 (Oct): Improvisation Workshop Leader. Part of WBAQ recruiting day activities.
      University of Minnesota

      2008/2009: Committee Head: Charged with presenting design modification suggestions for
      performance classroom spaces. UMTAD, University of Minnesota

      2007-2009: Member, Producers Committee. Responsible for season selection for UMTAD

      2007-2009: Faculty Representative, Sounding Board. Group of students and faculty that
      meets monthly with goal of improving communication within department. University of

      2007: Member, Search Committee, Tenure Track Lighting Designer. UMTAD

      2007 (Oct): Improvisation Workshop Leader. Part of WBAQ recruiting day activities.
      University of Minnesota

      2006: Member, Season Selection Committee, Guest Artist Committee, Audience
      Development Committee, University of Alabama at Birmingham

      2006: Chair, Season Selection Committee: Auburn University

      2005/2006: Faculty Advisor, The Auburn Players. Advise student-led theatre group. Auburn

      2005: Advisor, Commedia Dell Auburn, student led comedy improvisation troupe. Coached
      performers and help prepare them for public performances in Auburn area. Auburn

      2005/2006: Advising Director, The Vagina Monologues produced by Auburn University


       2004: Producer, A Story’s A Story by Deborah Lubar with residency in creation of original
       works for the stage, Auburn University

       2004: Producer, No Show by Doug Berkey with teaching residency in clown and mask,
       Auburn University

       2003: Producer, The Pomegranate Seed by Cosey Sheridan, Auburn University

       2003-2005: Member, Curriculum Committee, team charged with designing a new
       Introduction to Theatre for Majors course. Auburn University.

       2003-2005: Member, Student Handbook Committee, team charged with revising and
       updating Theatre Department Student Handbook. Auburn University

       Service: Auburn College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University
       2006 Faculty Advisor, The Clothesline Project, Auburn University. National art project that
       brings awareness to domestic violence issues. Organized this hands on public art project on
       campus with one other faculty member and two students. Led to creation of over 300 new
       works of art by community members who are survivors of violence. Currently archived in
       Auburn Public Library. Auburn University.

       2003-2005 Member, College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, Reviewed curriculum
       changes and proposals for CLA. Auburn University.

       Service: Auburn University
       2005: Faculty Associate/grant writer: Advance Auburn. Member of grant writing team
       applying for a National Science Foundation Grant to increase recruitment and retention of
       women faculty in the fields of Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Auburn University.

       2005: Member, Curriculum Development for The Quilts of Gees Bend in Perspective.
       Women’s Studies Program, Auburn University. Helped design curricula for Alabama teachers
       who wish to integrate the upcoming exhibition of the Quilts of Gees Bend AL into their
       courses in English, Social Studies and Art. Developed curricula for elementary through

       2003-2005: Chair, Programming Committee, Women’s Studies Program. Produced
       programming including performers, speakers and residencies by artists. Booked travel, found
       funds, negotiated with artists.

       2003-2005: Member, Women’s Studies Advisory Group, Auburn University. Advised
       Provost and Deans on issues relating to women in the Auburn University community.

      2009: Institute for Advanced Study Research Collaborative, Embodying Gilgamesh:
      finding new physical language for staging epic texts. University of Minnesota IAS ($12,000)

       2008: Grant in Aid. The Sounds and Shape of Gilgamesh; new methods in improvisation
       between director, sound designer and scenic designer. Graduate School, University of
       Minnesota ($16,000)


2006 Competitive Research Grant, development of new play, Piecing Time, with
playwright Kanfinae Jones – Auburn University office of the Provost ($10,000)

2006 Meritorious Achievement Award, Directing (for Playboy of the Western World) -

2006 Meritorious Achievement Award, Directing (for Defying Gravity) – KCACTF

2005 Teaching Excellence Award in Fine Arts – Auburn University ($500)

2005 National Science Foundation, Associate Grant Writer for Advance: Auburn, an NSF
grant aimed at improving recruitment and retention of women in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics at Auburn University in part through application of actor
training techniques. ($300,00)

2004-2006 Invited Faculty – Human Odyssey Program, Auburn University.
Unique multidisciplinary, team taught course covering the history of humanity with the goal
of bridging the gap between “the two cultures” of science and the humanities. Faculty are
chosen by invitation only to team-teach for two years.

2004 College of Liberal Arts, Summer Research Grant – For work on The Quilts of Gee’s
Bend in Context Curriculum Development Committee. ($6,300)

2004 Humanities Research Grant, Auburn University – For research in San Francisco on
Isadora Duncan and her marriage to Sergei Essenin, toward creation of new play. ($2,000)

2001 Fox Foundation Fellowship - For development of The Cold War Project in Russia

1999/2000 John Badham Directing Scholarship - Yale School of Drama ($14,000)

1998/1999 Edith Markson Travel Award - For development of Delirium for Two in

1996/97 Artistic Fellow - New England Foundation for the Arts “Building Culture
Through Community” fellow. Chosen as part of initiative from NEFA to link businesses and
artists in revitalization efforts throughout New England.

1994 N.E.A. International Travel Grant Award - To develop and tour The Virgin Trip in
Ireland and N.Ireland.

1981-1983 Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London - Member with Honors.


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