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Lisa Parkins


Mentor, Part-time and Visiting Assistant Professor, Arts and Media Department, School of Arts and Humanities In addition to teaching a full complement of Performing Arts, my course areas include Performance Studies, Music, Dance, and Educational Planning. Examples of individualized studies include Creating Solo Performance, History of Physical Theatre, World Music and Culture, Dance History, Performance Theory, and Critical Theory and the End of Noise. Areas of professional practice include interdisciplinary performance, adaptation and performance of literature, songwriting, and directing. Before entering academia, my background includes devising and directing as well as performance installation. My repertory of solo, duo, and ensemble pieces has been presented in the U.S. and Europe. In the community, I have staged original music-theatre works with youth in response to biography and contemporary issues. I have conducted theatre workshops with culturally isolated young adults, facilitating in the creation of non-linear performance works. My songwriting and audio recording practice includes original song cycles based on literary sources.



  • B.A. in Arts from Empire State College - State University of New York
  • M.F.A. in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College
  • Ph.D in Performance Studies from Northwestern University


  • Parkins, Lisa, “Popular Music and Social Justice in the Dialogical Classroom.” The International Journal of Arts Education, Volume 14, Issue 1, 2019. (35-44)
  • Gupta Carlson, Himanee, Lisa Parkins, and Anastasia Pratt. “Teaching, Mentoring and Activism in an Age of Trump.” All About Mentoring. SUNY/Empire State College Press. Issue 51, Spring. 2019. (41-45)
  • Parkins, Lisa, “Songs for an Injured Environment: Creating Visual Metaphors from a Theatre of Nature.” Inhabiting the Meta Visual: Contemporary Performance Themes. Ed Helene Gee Markstein and Arthur Maria Steijn. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2016.
  • Andrews, Karolyn, John Hughes, Jeanine Mercer, Lisa Parkins, Constance Rodriguez, Victoria Vernon, “What Happens When You Make a Summer Residency Optional?: Reflections on the Lebanon Residency in Cyprus and Cyberspace.“ All About Mentoring. SUNY/Empire State College Press. Issue 45, Summer, 2014. (57-64)
  • Edwards, Nicole. "Beacon Kids Bring Life, Career of Great Ali to the Stage." Poughkeepsie Journal. June 7, 2001.
  • Schwartz, Roswita. "Aus dem Alltag einer Nachrichtensprecherin: Amerikanische Kontakte, Lisa Parkins, Gary Goldberg." Mainzer Rhein-Zeitung. Nr. 148, June 29, 1995.
  • Wenzel, Werner. "Ehespektakel auf der Buhne: Filmemacher, Musiker und Performance-Gruppe aus den USA zu Gast." Mainzer Rhein-Zeitung, Nr. 146, June 27, 1995.