Lisa Schlesinger

Lisa is the playwright of IPHIGENIA POINT BLANK: Story of the first Refugee, a documentary film opera, adapted from Euripides’ Iphigenia plays and ancient Greek laments from the Trojan War epics. The play follows Iphigenia, the first refugee depicted in western drama through 2,500 years of history and across contemporary war zones to interrogate the current refugee crisis and change the ending of her story.

Lisa’s plays include Iphigenia Point Blank, In the Wake of the Graybow Riots, Celestial Bodies, Wal-martyrs, Manny and Chicken, Rock Ends Ahead, The Bones of Danny Winston, and Twenty-One Positions (with Naomi Wallace and Abdel AbuSrour).

Winner of the BBC International Playwriting Competition, recipient of the NEA/TCG Playwrights Residency Award and finalist for a USArtist Fellowship, Lisa has received commissions from the Guthrie Theatre, the BBC, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and fellowships from the NEA, CEC International, the Sloan Foundation, among others. Her work is published with American Theatre, Broadway Plays and other major theatre publications, and the New York Times. She is currently working on The Iphigenia Project, an ongoing multi-disciplinary artistic response to the refugee/immigration crisis.