Lisa Marie Rollins
Lisa Marie Rollins is a playwright, poet, freelance director, and dramaturg. Most recently she co-directed Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment (Crowded Fire Theater) and a reading of Tearrance Chisholm’s Br’er Cotton (Playwrights Foundation). She is the director of All Atheists are Muslim by by Zahra Noorbakhsh, and was a co-producer of W. Kamau Bell’s Ending Racism in About an Hour. Lisa Marie performed her acclaimed solo play Ungrateful Daughter: One Black Girl’s Story of Being Adopted by a White Family…That Aren’t Celebrities in festivals, universities, and academic conferences across the US. She was Poet in Residence at June Jordan’s Poetry for the People at U.C. Berkeley, a CALLALOO Journal London Writing Workshop Fellow and an alumni in Poetry of VONA Writing Workshop. Her writing is published in Other Tongues: Mixed--Race Women Speak Out, River, Blood, Corn Literary Journal, Line/Break, As/Us Literary Journal, The Pacific Review, and others. Currently, she is finishing her new manuscript of poems, Compass, for which she received the 2016 Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award from SF Foundation. She is currently developing her new play Token. She holds degrees from The Claremont Graduate University and UC Berkeley. She is a Lecturer at St Mary’s College in Performance Studies, and a Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater. Lisa Marie was a 2015-16 playwright member of Just Theater Play Lab and was a 2016 Fellow of the San Francisco Writers Grotto.