Aotearoa New Zealand
Lisa works in the performing arts and events in Aotearoa New Zealand as an organiser, producer and designer. She is the Kaiwhakahaere Kaupapa at Te Rākau Hua o Te Wao Tapu, producing Māori theatre alongside Jim Moriarty and Helen Pearse-Otene.
Lisa also coordinates Wikipedia project's: Performing Arts Aotearoa Wikiproject, Pasifika Arts Aotearoa, the upcoming New Zealand Women in Architecture editing frenzy based on the book Making Space, and the inaugural Wikipedia conference in Wellington.
Lisa's artistic practice includes set design, lighting design, painting and drawing.
In her local region Lisa is the coordinator of the Karori Community Garden, providing access to gardening and composting to local people without their own plot of land.
He Pākehā ahau.
I am Pākehā, a white New Zealander, my family is English and Scottish in heritage. The River Thames is my river. I live in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.
My background is in the creative sector in Aotearoa. I started working backstage in performing arts in Wellington in my first year studying at university in 1990 at age 19. I have a career as a designer, organiser and educator, working across theatre, dance and events.
I am an award winning lighting designer and in my formative years I worked with Red Mole, Taku Rua and women's theatre such as 'Not Broadcast Quality' in Wellington. I am part of the Magdalena Aotearoa Trust and the international network The Magdalena project.
Between 2008 and 2017 I taught on the technical and management courses at Toi Whakaari: The New Zealand Drama School.
I graduated in 2018 with a Master of Public Management from Victoria University of Wellington.