Theatre and Dance


Lisa Ortenzi

Lisa Ortenzi currently serves as the new Director of Educational Programming for Great Lakes Theater. In her role at Great Lakes Theater she directs and trains young professional actors for the Great Lakes Theater School Residency Program. Lisa also coordinates the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition, the Camp Theater! Program and continues to teach. Lisa’s Outreach Tour directing credits include: Ten in One, The Decameron, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and Double Heart which was chosen for the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival. Lisa is the recipient of the 2013 NY Fringe Overall Excellence Award in Directing and the 2006-2007 President’s Award for her service to Great Lakes Theater. Lisa also performed as an Actor-Teacher in the School Residency Program. In the Cleveland area, Lisa serves as the Artistic Director of the Baldwin Wallace University Triple Threat Music Theater Program for the Conservatory Outreach. Lisa has also served as the Education Director/Artistic Associate of the Cleveland Youth Theatre, directed for the Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, Baldwin Wallace University and a variety of Community Theaters and High School Drama programs including the All-Ohio Thespian and North Area Thespian Productions for the Ohio Education Theater Association. In the New England area, Lisa studied and performed at Shakespeare & Company, toured in The Merchant of Venice, and directed in the Fall/Spring Festivals of Shakespeare.  Lisa holds BAC degrees in Theatre and Radio/TV/Film from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s in Directing from Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts. 

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