Lisa is a Japanese-Chilean American actress born in Santa Cruz, California. She spent her early childhood years in Santiago, Chile before returning to the states.
Lisa attended Smith College where she double majored in Latin American Studies and Latin American Literature and minored in Theater. Upon graduation she became a company member of New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts, under the leadership of Roberta Uno, and worked as an actor and production/residency manager.
After one too many cold New England winters, Lisa relocated to San Francisco and has worked regularly as an actor with such companies as ACT, Magic Theater, Berkeley Rep, and Asian American Theater Company.
Lisa became a collective member with the Obie & Tony award-winning theater company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe (not a silent mime company) in 2004 and has regularly appeared as a principal actor and theater maker in their summer touring shows.
Along with her passion for creating and performing activist/social justice theater, Lisa has also dedicated herself to helping young people from marginalized and underrepresented communities find their voice and share their stories. Lisa has been the Program Director and lead teaching artist with the Youth Theater Project, a free after school theater program for at-risk teens since 2004.
She is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.
When not performing on the stage or helping creating art, Lisa tries to spend time outdoors with her animals and has been fortunate enough to travel to many far off lands. Some of her favorite places include: The Galapagos Islands; Machu Picchu; Cuba; Bali; Galway (Ireland); Siem Reap (Cambodia); and Hanoi (Vietnam).
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark