Lisa Dring, Integrity Award

Lisa Dring, Integrity Award

Lisa is a writer, director, and actor originally from Hilo, Hawaii, and Reno, Nevada. She has been nominated for an Emmy for her work as a writer and director.


Lisa’s play SUMO was co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse and Ma-Yi Theater Company in 2023. SUMO won an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and was recently nominated for Outstanding New Play by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. In 2024, their work will be produced by East West Players, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Rogue Artists Ensemble, and the LGBTQ Center of Los Angeles. She has worked on multiple projects with Meow Wolf and was a member of The Geffen Writers’ Room. She was

honored as a recipient of the 2020/21 PLAY LA Stage Raw/Humanitas Prize and has been a finalist for the Relentless Award, the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, a 2x finalist (one honorable mention) for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, a piece she co-wrote with Chelsea Sutton, was nominated for 7 LA Ovation Awards including Best Production (winner of 5). Lisa’s work has been developed/produced by The New Group, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Circle X, SCF @ Son of Semele, Playwrights’ Arena, Rogue Artists Ensemble, UCSB Launch Pad Series, CalArts, The Motor Company, Theatre of NOTE and Skylight Theatre. They have been awarded fellowships at MacDowell, Blue Mountain Center and Yaddo. Lisa graduated from the University of Southern California and was awarded the 2021 Dorothy and Granville Hicks Residency at Yaddo, honoring one promising young writer a year.


Lisa co-wrote and co-directed Welcome to the Blumhouse Live, a 2-year interactive film event for Blumhouse/Amazon Prime by Little Cinema, which was nominated for a 2021 Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Program and won a Silver Clio Award. Lisa has worked in the VR space with Double Eye Studios on their Virtual Repertory Theatre. She was a member of the WarnerMedia Access (formerly HBO) TV Writers Fellowship, the Giant Leap Accelerator and the Film Independent Episodic Lab.


Lisa has worked with Blumhouse, Amazon Prime, Warner Bros Discovery, Little Cinema, Playpenn, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Circle X Theatre Co., Antaeus Theatre Company, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Playwrights’ Center, The Blank Theatre, California Repertory Company, Cal Poly Pomona, CalArts, We the People at Sacred Fools, CalArts, The Motor Company, Inkwell and Theatre of NOTE. Punkplay, which Lisa co-directed with Matt Bretz, was listed as a Production of the Year and a runner-up for Best Direction by TicketholdersLA. They recently co-directed Welcome to the Blumhouse Live, an interactive film event for Blumhouse/Amazon Prime, which was nominated for an Outstanding Interactive Program Emmy. She has won a Silver, two Bronze Clio Awards, and has been nominated for a Webby for her co-directing work with Matt Hill. Lisa directed an episode of Antaeus’ Zip Code Plays, which was nominated for an Ambie Award for Best Fiction Podcast. She directed the 2022 Warner Bros Discovery Talent Spotlight.


Lisa has worked with Asolo Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, East West Players, Quantum Theatre, Hero Theatre, Circle X Theatre Co., Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On!, Antaeus, SCF @ Son of Semele, Rogue Artists Ensemble, One Year Lease, Bread & Puppet, Bootleg Theater, Boston Court, We the People at Sacred Fools and Theatre of NOTE. She can be seen on Barry, Shameless, Grown-ish, NCIS, Good Girls and Shut Eye, and as Danielle on two seasons of How to get Away with Murder. They played Hermes in a virtual reality piece called Finding Pandora X, which won the Best VR Immersive User Experience at the Venice International Film Festival and was recently in Raindance with Double Eye Studios’ VR variety show. Lisa has studied clown and physical comedy with Aitor Basauri, Chris Bayes, John Gilkey and Paola Coletto.

Lisa is a proud member Rogue Artists Ensemble and Hero Theatre. She co-founded and co-directs Rogue Artists’ Rogue Lab, a creative incubator for new, hyper-theatrical work. She founded Circle X’s Evolving Playwrights Group, a writing and mentorship program for emerging and mid-career writers, and previously served in multiple roles of artistic leadership with Circle X, including Associate Artistic Director.