Lisa Schlesinger, MFA, BA

Co-Head of Playwrights Workshop

Lisa's plays include Celestial Bodies, Wal-martyrs, Same Egg, Manny and Chicken, Rock Ends Ahead, The Bones of Danny Winston, and Twenty-One Positions (with Naomi Wallace and Abdel AbuSrour)She is currently writing the libretto, Harmonicus Mundi, the second piece in the Celestial Bodies Trilogy and In the Wake of the Graybow Riots, for her Slow Theatre Project. 

She has received commissions from the Guthrie Theatre, the BBC, Upstart Crow Project, the International Writing Program, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and fellowships from the NEA, CEC International, the Sloan Foundation, among others. She is recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award and winner of the BBC International Playwriting Competition and was nominated for a USA Artist Fellowship. She has been awarded residencies at Hedgebrook and the Hermitage Artists Retreat. Her work has been published in American Theatre Magazine, Performing Arts Journal, Theater Magazine, Best Monologues for Women by Women II, Out of Silence, and The American Theatre Reader, the best writing of 25 years of American Theatre Magazine, the New York Times and her plays are forthcoming with NoPassport Press.

Lisa is currently working on a series of interviews on the subject Towards a Slow Theatre Movement for Theatre Communications Group Artistic Salon. She is a storyteller with 2nd Story in Chicago, an Affiliated Artistic at Sleeping Weazel Inc. in Boston, and an Associate Artist with In Parenthesis in New York City and a member of Theatre Without Borders, NoPassport, TCG, and the Dramatists Guild. 

From 2006-2014, Lisa coordinated the Playwriting Program at Columbia College Chicago for eight years before returning to the University of Iowa where she earned her MFAs in Theatre Arts and Fiction Writing from the Playwrights’ and Writers’ Workshops.

Research areas
  • Playwrights
Portrait of Lisa Schlesinger, MFA, BA
MFA, Fiction, University of Iowa
MFA, Playwriting, University of Iowa
BA, Hampshire College
Contact Information

University of Iowa
128 Theatre Building (TB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States