Lisa was born in Santa Cruz, California. She spent her early childhood years in Santiago, Chile before returning to the states. Lisa attended Smith College where she double majored in Latin American Studies and Latin American Literature. Upon graduation she became a company member of New WORLD Theater in Amherst, Massachusetts working as an actor and production/residency manager. 

After one too many cold winters, Lisa relocated to San Francisco and worked regularly as an actor with companies such as Word for Word, Woman’s Will, Asian American Theater Company. She frequently participated in the development of new works, appearing in staged readings with The Magic Theater, Marin Theater Company, TheatreWorks, BRAVA Theater and others. Lisa became a collective member in the Tony award-winning theater company, the San Francisco Mime Troupe (not a silent mime company) in 2004 and has regularly appeared as a principal actor in their touring ensemble.

Lisa is the Program Director and teaching artist with the Mime Troupe’s Youth Theater Project and has been a teaching artist with BRAVA Theater, Word for Word and New WORLD Theater. She is an Equity and SAG-AFTRA member.

An avid dog lover and Karaoke enthusiast, Lisa has been fortunate to travel to many far off lands. Some of her favorite places include: The Galapagos Islands; Machu Picchu (Peru); Galway (Ireland); Siem Reap (Cambodia); and Hanoi (Vietnam).