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Lisa Channer is a director, writer, actor and producer of Theatre and Film.  She is co-artistic director of Theatre Novi Most, based in Minneapolis with a mission to build bridges across artistic and cultural boundaries between the United States and the states of the former USSR. She was co-founder of Sleeveless Theatre a feminist theatre company from 1989-1997. Venues her work has been seen: New York (Public Theatre, 92nd street Y, Classical Stage, WOW Cafe, Wax Factory), Chicago (Organic Lab Theatre), New England (Yale Rep, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival), Amsterdam (IT’s Festival), Belfast (Old Museum Arts Centre), California (Z Space) Russia (Bodyword Festival, Osobniak Theatre etc), Minneapolis (Illusion Theater, Playwrights’ Center, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Red Eye Theater, Park Square, etc). She is a recipient of Fox Foundation and Fulbright awards. Lisa holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance where she is also Head BA Performance Program. Films: Standoff and Girls of the Painted Bird, two films by Savannah Reich and Lisa Channer (released 2022/23) Other writing work includes RANT, a play about an eccentric father which Channer performed with six robots in Minneapolis at Red Eye Theatre and San Francisco at the Z Space. 

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • M.F.A.: Directing, Yale School of Drama, 2000 -
  • BA: Theatre Arts, University of Massachusetts, 1989
  • Certificate of Training: Embodied Teaching Practices, Dell Arte International School of Theatre, 2020


  • Directing
  • Physical Theatre
  • Creating Original Work
  • Russian Theatre
  • Ensemble Theatre
  • Filmmaking