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Lisa Norman

Associate Professor

Fundamentals of Acting, Sophomore

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Lisa Norman is a performer, teacher and coach who joined the Cornish faculty in 2004. She worked for many seasons with Tennessee Repertory Theater, the Clarence Brown Company, Mockingbird Public Theater, and South Carolina Repertory in plays such as Dangerous Liaisons, Hamlet, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Dancing at Lughnasa. Highlights of her commercial, industrial, film and TV appearances include NBC’s Grimm, Disney’s Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken and Our Very Own, with Allison Janney.  Lisa is a co-founder of Operating Theater, a collective of faculty professionals in residence at Cornish whose mission is to provide a bridge between the classroom and professional theater. She appeared as Teresa in their production of The Memory of Water. Other Seattle performances include Engaged Theater’s Julius Caesar and Footfalls in Seattle’s city-wide Beckett festival.  In addition to her performance work, Lisa coaches regularly at area theaters including Upstart Crow, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Seattle Children’s Theater, Village Theater, 5th Avenue, and Strawberry Workshop.  Lisa has taught acting at the Univ. of South Carolina, the Univ. of Tennessee and Marymount Manhattan College in New York.  She earned an MFA degree in Acting from the Univ. of Tennessee, with additional training at RADA, and with Voice Master Cicely Berry.  She is a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors’ Equity.