Lisa Anne Porter has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals throughout the country including the American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, the Magic Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare/Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Center Repertory Theatre, SF Playhouse, BRAVA Theatre Center, Shakespeare & Company, Syracuse Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, GeVa Theatre Company, and Boston Theatreworks. She just finished playing Gruach in Jasson Minadakis’ production of Dunsinane at Marin Theatre Company and  Julia in Pam MacKinnon’s production Fefu and Her Friends at the American Conservatory Theatre.  She recently workshopped and originated the role of Suzanne in Eureka Day, Theresa in The Eva Trilogy and performed the role of Erica in the West Coast premiere of A Bright Half Life.   She has coached voice and dialect in over seventy productions nationwide, including the SF production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Prior to the closing of the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre, Lisa served as the Head of Acting and Dialects and prior to that the Head of Voice, Text and Dialects. She was on full time faculty there for over ten years during which time it was considered one of the top training programs in the county. She has served on the faculties of Syracuse University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Shakespeare & Company, The Tepper Center in NYC, Naropa University, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Academy of Art University. She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre, a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership from Cornell University and is a designated Linklater Voice Teacher. 

Prior to its closing in September 2022, she served as the Resident Director for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. Other directing credits include A Will of One’s Own for Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Syracuse University, Proof, Picasso at the  Lapin Agile and It’s a Wonderful Life for Town Hall Theatre and numerous projects in the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre.

Lisa Anne Porter has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals throughout the country including the American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, the Magic Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare/Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Center Repertory Theatre, SF Playhouse, BRAVA Theatre Center, Shakespeare & Company, Syracuse Stage, Sacramento Theatre Company, GeVa Theatre Company, and Boston Theatreworks. She will be playing Julia in Pam MacKinnon’s production Fefu and Her Friends at the American Conservatory Theatre in April of 2022.  She recently workshopped and originated the role of Suzanne in Eureka Day, Theresa in The Eva Trilogy and performed the role of Erica in the West Coast premiere of A Bright Half Life.  She has coached voice and dialect in over seventy productions nationwide, including the SF production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

She is currently the Head of Acting and Dialects for the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre. She has served on the faculties of Syracuse University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Shakespeare & Company, The Tepper Center in NYC, Naropa University, California Shakespeare Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Academy of Art University. She has a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre, a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion Leadership from Cornell University and is a designated Linklater Voice Teacher. 

She is currently the Interim Resident Director for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. Other directing credits include A Will of One’s Own for Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Syracuse University, Proof, Picasso at the  Lapin Agile and It’s a Wonderful Life for Town Hall Theatre and numerous projects in the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre.

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On Stage

Lisa has just played Gruauch in Jasson Minadakis’ production of Dunsinane at Marin Theatre Company and Julia in Pam MacKinnon’s production of Marie Irene Fornes’ Fefu and Her Friends at the American Conservatory Theatre. 

Fefu and Her Friends | American Conservatory Theater

Dunsinane|Marin Theatre Company

Book Plans

Lisa is in the process of writing a book on acting that comes from her years of experience as the Head of Acting and Dialects, and previously the Head of Voice and Text in the MFA program at the American Conservatory Theatre.

Training at American Conservatory Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Lisa is currently the Interim Resident Director as well as the Co-Head of Voice and Dialects for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has returned to the Curran Theatre in SF after an almost two year Covid hiatus. 

Previously this year, she was the Text and Voice Coach for Pam MacKinnon’s staged reading of Cymbeline at the American Conservatory Theatre and the Text Coach for Eric Ting’s The Winter’s Tale at California Shakespeare Theatre. It has been wonderful to be part of the return to live theatre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child SF

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Coaching Resume

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Lisa Anne Porter on “Midsummer Night’s Dream” at ACT, 2021

Lisa Anne Porter speaking at Melissa Y. Smith’s service at ACT, 2021.

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