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Lisa’s Contributions to Hangar Theatre Education


  • 1989—Produced the Hangar's first Next Stage Showcase for Young Playwrights, a county-wide playwriting program that served elementary, middle and high school students for over a decade.  Also coordinated the Hangar's first full KIDDSTUFF season as an intern/Cornell student.
  • 1991—Convinced the Hangar Board to invest in a year-round education program, where she became the Hangar's first-ever education coordinator.  Launched the Hangar's Production Intern program and significantly expanded Next Generation School of Theatre. Expanded the Hangar Lab Company to include actors, designers, stage managers, and assistant directors.
  • 1994—Launched the Hangar's Artists-in-the Schools program, which developed into Project 4: Artists in the Schools.  Brought Rachel Lampert & Dancers to Tompkins County to serve 1,800 students through her dance/theatre residency. 
  • 1995—Launched School Tours program which toured to elementary, middle and high schools throughout NYS.  Productions included Shakespeare, original commissions about relevant topics (history, science, bullying).  Later productions toured throughout New York State and served over 20,000 students annually.
  • 1996—Launched School Time Performance Series with production of The Diary of Anne Frank at the Hangar. Later program expansion invited elementary, middle and high school students to attend professional theatre at the Hangar that enhanced and complimented curriculum.
  • 1997—TST BOCES Community School Partnership was launched with a production of Blues directed by Herman LeVern Jones.  Annual residencies involving original student productions continued for over a decade, reaching out to at-risk youth through the creation of original theatre.
  • 1998—Launched an innovative Empire State Partnership program with Ithaca City School District—using theatre as a tool to enhance student learning.  All 12 ICSD schools participated, working with the Hangar, Johnson Museum, DeWitt Historical Society, and Cayuga Nature Center.  This program has merged with Project 4—now serving 4th graders who write and perform original plays and musicals in ICSDand Newfield.
  • 2005—Created Pay-What-You-Can-Program
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