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Lisa Gillespie - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Lisa Gillespie Lisa Gillespie

Senior Lecturer, Dance, College of Communication and Fine Arts | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Lecturer of Dance

Biography

Lisa Gillespie comes from a classical dance background, having trained at San Francisco Ballet and on scholarship at North Carolina School of the Arts and with Stefan Wenta locally. She recently performed as Eliza in the Théâtre du Châtelet’s production of The King and I and she has performed as principal dancer in several operas including King Roger, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and Maometto II during Santa Fe Opera’s 2012 season. Other opera credits include lead dancer in Seattle Opera’s Carmen and Pearlfishers and Die Fledermaus for Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera and Washington Opera (PBS Grand Performances).

Lisa Gillespie trained at San Francisco Ballet and on scholarship at North Carolina School of the Arts and with Stefan Wenta locally. She recently assisted director, Gabe Dell and dancer, Sergei Polunin in creating Satori, an evening of dance at the Coliseum Theatre in London’s West End. She has performed as Eliza in the Théâtre du Châtelet’s production of The King and I and reprised the role at Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed as principal dancer/dance captain in several operas including King Roger, directed by Stephen Wadsworth and Maometto II, directed by David Alden at Santa Fe Opera. Other opera credits include lead dancer in Seattle Opera’s Carmen and Pearlfishers and Die Fledermaus for The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera and Washington National Opera (PBS Grand Performances) and Aida for Pacific Symphony.

Lisa was also lead dancer in The Merry Widow for Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera and The Dallas Opera. Other Los Angeles Opera credits include Macbeth, directed by Tony award winner Darko Tresnjak, Aida, Queen of Spades, La Traviata, Vanessa and the Placido Domingo & Friends Gala. Musical theater roles include Louise in Carousel, Dream Laurey in Oklahoma! and Eliza in The King and I for Musical Theater of Wichita. Lisa was with Ballet Arizona where she performed principal and soloist roles in ballets such as Balanchine’s Serenade, Four Temperaments, Rubies, Pilobus’ Land’s Edge and The Nutcracker. She has danced original works by Francisco Martinez and worked with Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet for many years touring to London and New York.

Lisa has taught at the American Musical Dramatic Academy, everybody dance! and Marat Daukayev School of Ballet. In addition to teaching at LMU Lisa currently teaches at the Colburn School and the Santa Clarita Ballet Academy.

Education (1)

George Mason University, Virginia: BA, English Literature 1992

Areas of Expertise (1)

Ballet