Songstress, keyboards/accordion player, actress, dancer, writer and director, Lisa Parkins grew up in a small town outside Pittsburgh listening to Motown, R & B, British Invasion, show tunes, and folk and classical music.

In her teens, Lisa studied dance at North Carolina School of the Arts. Relocated to NYC, Parkins continued honing her craft working with an all-star cast of dancers and choreographers.

Lisa developed a parallel career as a singer/songwriter. Her musical interests let to fronting art-rock bands appearing in downtown clubs (CBGB's, Knitting Factory).

Acting experience and formal theater studies (MFA Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College, ABD Performance Studies. Northwestern University) inspired Lisa to create, perform and direct multi-media theatre pieces that have been presented in the U.S. and in Europe.

Music/theatre pieces for children created by Lisa include "Ali: The Champ" (Martin Luther King Cultural Center), "Root for Lucy" and "9/11: The Musical" (Brooklyn Arts Exchange). Lisa also adapted "Roxana" (book, music and lyrics) based on a novel by Daniel Defoe.

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