2017 Speaker

Lisa Parry

Lisa’s passionate argument is that theatre needs to engage with science and ethics in order to remain relevant. The talk also features an incredible performance from Natalie Paisey.

Lisa worked as a journalist until an encounter with a campaigning mother-of-six forced a mini existential crisis about how she was framing thought with language and so she decided to pursue a career in theatre instead.

Her work has since been staged by leading new writing theatre companies including: National Theatre Wales, Dirty Protest, The Miniaturists, PopUp Theatrics (NYC), The Internationalists (NYC) and Sherman Cymru. She has also developed work with The Traverse, Sherman Cymru and The Young Vic on its Genesis Directors’ Theatres project.
Theatres where her work has appeared include: The Other Room, Sherman Cymru, Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter Arts, Theatre 503, The Arcola, TACT Studio (Broadway NYC), The Arches, Bridewell Theatre London, Martin E Segal Theater (NYC).

In 2012, Lisa founded the female playwright contingent Agent 160 and co-produced its UK tour of short plays; and in 2014, she co-produced its Fun Palace at Wales Millennium Centre, a community event designed to bring the arts and sciences together. Lisa has spoken on various panels across the UK regarding feminism and theatre and the gender gap in play commissioning and production. In 2016, Lisa co-founded the Cardiff-based Illumine Theatre with award-winning director Zoë Waterman. The company aims to ‘reveal stories hidden in plain sight’ and is working towards it first production.