Lisa Karen Cox

Director & Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

A graduate of Concordia University’s Interdisciplinary Studies program, Lisa Karen Cox relishes work that combines music, movement and heightened language. Often playing men and other mythical creatures, theatre performance credits include: Flo in Now You See Her (Quote/Unquote Collective/WhyNotTheatre/Nightwood); The Penelopiad (Royal Shakespeare Co/NAC); Friar Laurence in Romeo & (her) Juliet  and Manfred Karge’s Man to Man (Headstrong Collective); Horatio in Hamlet (Beyond the Cubical Productions); Brutus in Julius Caesar (Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare), Katherine in Das Ding (CanadianStage/Theatre SMASH), and 2 seasons at the Stratford Festival of Canada.

Lisa was also the choreographer for Nightwood Theatre’s Bear with Me and Comedy of Errors, the Assistant Director for We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia…(Theatre Centre), and Salt-Water Moon (Factory Theatre), and the Associate Director for Why Not Theatre’s Like Mother, Like Daughter. As a Director, she directed Anna Karenina for UTM/Sheridan is also one of the 63 Black creatives included in Obsidian Theatre’s 21 Black Futures.

A deep believer in the power of the future, Lisa works extensively with students and educators, with emerging playwrights and artists through classes, dramaturgy, playwriting units and festivals. 

Lisa is also a Board member for Theatre Direct, a Steering Committee member for Balancing Act (a caregiving and performing initiative) and an Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.