Lisa Anne Porter is a professional actress, director and voiceover talent , as well as a professional voice/dialect coach, a voice/acting/text professor and a designated Linklater voice instructor.
She has performed with numerous repertory companies and Shakespeare festivals throughout the country including the American Conservatory Theatre, California Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare/Santa Cruz, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Shakespeare & Company, Marin Theatre Company, the Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Brava Theatre Center, Center Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company and Boston Theatreworks. She was a member of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company where she played Laertes in HAMLET and Buckingham in RICHARD III. She also co-directed and starred in their touring show A WILL OF ONE’S OWN. At the Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, she originated the roles of Bunny in Clair Chafee’s EVEN AMONG THESE ROCKS and Vivian in Naomi Iszuka’s ALOHA SAY ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS. At the Magic Theatre, she originated the title role of Becky in Monika Monika’s THE PHARMACIST’S DAUGHTER.
Reviewers have described her work thus: “Porter is especially good; in fact her performances this season have been nothing short of splendid”(Backstage West); “Porter does a beautiful job of growing in the role, gaining gravity and depth without losing her comic edge”(San Francisco Examiner); “The salesman is smitten. As embodied by Lisa Anne Porter, it’s no wonder. Her Becky is all contradictions: sexy and vulnerable, scared and aggressive”. (San Francisco Chronicle);“In the production, one particular element justifies the casting: the irresistibly charming Lisa Porter as Petruchio”(Boston Globe); "Lisa Anne Porter is magnetic as the focal point of most of the modernism, portraying Julie, disguised as Fredric, with captivating comic-poignant bravado, weakness, determination, vacillation and cold fury."(San Francisco Chronicle).
Her 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.
She has a B.A. in Theatre and American Studies from Wesleyan University. She has an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theatre. Her thesis performance was Anna in TWO, a two person play in which she starred with veteran actor of film, theatre and television, Nehemiah Persoff. She underwent a rigorous three year program of study and a highly selective international audition process to become a designated Linklater voice instructor. In addition to directing main stage productions and teaching voice, voice/verse, acting and dialect in the BFA program at Syracuse University, she was, in her first year of teaching, awarded one of three campus wide Faculty Inspiration Awards. Lisa is currently Co- Head of Voice and Dialects at the American Conservatory Theatre and serves of the faculties of the University of CA- Berkeley, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and the Academy of Art University. She has coached voice and dialect in over sixty productions.