Lisa Wolpe
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Lisa Wolpe plays Iago in Othello by William Shakespeare
Lisa Wolpe plays Iago in Othello

Lisa Wolpe as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare Lisa Wolpe as Romeo

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Lisa Wolpe as Ferdinand in The Tempest by William Shakespeare
 Lisa Wolpe as Ferdinand
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About Lisa Wolpe

Lisa Wolpe, actress, director, teacher and producer, is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, an award-winning all-female, multi-cultural theater company that she founded in 1993. Ms. Wolpe produced, directed and played Iago in "Othello" at the Theatre @ Boston Court, as well as creating Jaquis in an all-female cowboy "As You Like It" and "Shylock" in LAWSC's production of "The Merchant of Venice," for which the company was nominated for four Ovation Awards, including "Best Actress" for Ms. Wolpe. She has produced 14 major Shakespeare plays for LAWSC, directing 12 and starring in them all.

Los Angeles Magazine has called the LAWSC "one of the 10 coolest things to do in Los Angeles," and the company has been featured on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and London's International News. Ms. Wolpe has directed 20 productions of Shakespeare's plays and performed leading roles in 17 Shakespearean productions. She has probably played more of the Bard's male leading roles than any woman in history and is featured in the book "Women Direct Shakespeare in America."

Other acting and directing credits include Berkeley Repertory Theater, Shakespeare & Company, Boston Center for the Arts, Arizona Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Company, Boston Theater Works, California Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare and Sedona Shakespeare.

She has taught and directed Shakespeare, all levels of Acting, as well as Directing courses for many theater companies and universities, including the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Emerson College, Wellesley College, Boston University and MIT, and has lectured widely on cross-gender Shakespeare. Ms. Wolpe was for many years an actor, director and Master Teacher with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., and has taught in many other professional training programs across the country, including four years as Director of Text and Performance with the Sedona Shakespeare Institute, and several years with Southwick Studios and Arlington Center for the Arts in Boston. In August 2001, she was invited on full scholarship to work and study at the Globe Theater in London as part of their first International Fellows Program.

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As "Iago" in Othello
'Othello': Villainous Iago steals the show Lisa Wolpe is a standout bad guy. Iago is notorious not just for making Othello run amok with jealousy. He's also a brazen scene stealer, offering an actor abundant opportunities to eclipse the play's tragically duped protagonist.

In the Theatre @ Boston Court's all-female take on "Othello," a co-production with the Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, Iago actually deserves title-character status. Director Lisa Wolpe saves her most interesting interpretation for the diabolic ensign, a role she performs so naturally that you're hardly aware of any cross-dressing trickery. - Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times

As "Shylock" in The Merchant of Venice
Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company, after eleven years of stand-out productions, has nothing left to prove. The gender question has no bearing on the quality of the work in this terrific production. Lisa Wolpe, who founded the company, and is producer, director, and a superb actor, has played a diversity of Shakespeare's male roles, all with a dedication to excellence and a palpable celebration of language. Her Richard III was memorable, as was her Hamlet, and her current Shylock may be the most outstanding of any viewed in a multitude of productions, here and in England. - Madeleine Shaner, Backstage West

As "Leontes" in "The Winter's Tale"
As vengeful King Leontes, Lisa Wolpe has a startling grasp on Shakespeare's text and the function of each line she speaks. Summoning such crystalline emotion as to leave us breathless, she gives an awe-inspiring depiction of love turned to tyranny. - Laura Weinert, Backstage West

As "Richard III" in "Richard III"
"The best Richard III this critic has seen in years... an evening of Shakespeare at his finest... - J. R. Clark, Dramalogue

As "Hamlet" in "Hamlet"
"A glorious rendition.. with superb production values and a gifted cast... matches anything found on the boards at the Royal Shakespeare Company." - *Critics Pick; J. Brenna Guthrie, Backstage West

…in a title role that is universally regarded as one of the most psychologically complex character studies of all times... Wolpe fully embodies Hamlet and brings a veritable rainbow of emotions to the role... this is a Hamlet to be studied and savored, a revelation for newcomers to the text and a fresh awakening for veterans." - Elias Stimac, Dramalogue