Lisa has her undergraduate degree in Theater Arts from UMass-Boston, and a M.Ed. in Integrated Arts and Teaching from Lesley University. As a drama specialist, Lisa has had over 20 years teaching experience, working in a variety of public school systems including Cambridge, Boston, East Boston, South Boston, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester, Brockton, and Bridgewater. She was a storyteller-in-residence for several years at the Paul A. Dever School in Dorchester, and has been designing and leading professional development workshops for teachers on Drama infusion in the Classroom for the past twelve years. Lisa worked as a Drama Consultant for the Cambridge Public Schools between 1996 – 2005, where she enjoyed working with hundreds of K-8 students and their teachers, enhancing their curricula with drama, and directing numerous curriculum-based productions.
Lisa worked for many years with the Living with AIDS Theater Project, designing curricula and developing original theater scripts at a variety of high schools in the Boston area. Lisa worked as actor, stage manager, lighting designer, and Board Member for Theater Works, an innovative Boston theater group whose primary mission was to develop new scripts. She also performed with numerous local theater companies, including the Lyric Stage, the New Ehrlich, Publick Summer Theater, the Nickerson, Wheelock Family Theater, and Merrimack Repertory Theater. For nine summers, Lisa worked at Summer Arts for Derby in Hingham, directing numerous Mainstage Musicals, and teaching drama classes in Storytelling, Radio Drama, Creative Dramatics, Auditioning, and Make-up for the Stage. After her husband Jim Quinn founded Arts for Youth, Lisa joined the AfY teaching staff, offering class in creative drama, musical theater, and directing the one act play each summer.
Lisa is currently on faculty in the Theater Department of Bridgewater State University, and very much enjoys her directorial role at Arts for Youth each summer!