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Katt Lissard's Accomplishments

Katt Lissard's Accomplishments

Representative Grants/Awards:

  • Fulbright Scholar - African Regional Research Award (2012, 2005);
  • IRT Theater’s 3B Residency Series (2013, 2010, 2008);
  • Mabou Mines Theatre’s Resident Artist Program (2010, 2009, 2001);
  • Jerome Foundation Grant/Lanesboro Residency (2008);
  • James William and Elizabeth Hall Award for Innovation from State University of New York/Empire State College (2008);
  • Art Matters Individual Artist Award (2007);
  • Money for Women/ Barbara Deming Memorial Fund; The Colgate-Palmolive Fund & the Colgate South Africa Fund; The Lotta Crabtree Theatrical Fund; The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women; and The Heidtke Foundation. 
  • Katt is a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow.

2012-2014 Projects & Publications
• September-October 2014: The Winter/Summer Institute will collaborate with the Theatre Association of Lesotho (THALE) and the Morija Museum & Archives to create a performance piece on environment, place and intangible cultural heritage for the Morija Festival (September 29th-October 5th).

• An article, “Viral Collaboration: Harmonizing to Defeat AIDS in Southern Africa,” co-authored with South African colleague Dr. Alta Van As, is in the current (April 2014) online edition of South African Theatre Journal/SATJ – and is forthcoming in the print edition.

• A creative non-fiction piece, Phone Call, from a group memoir-in-progress, Red Heads/Red Tales, will appear in the upcoming Painted Bride Quarterly (online and print) Issue 90/Technology of Print Annual 7.

Surrogate Traveler, an interview section of the chapter “Performing for Social Change: Interviews with Kao Kue, Taina Asili, and Katt Lissard,” is forthcoming in the anthology Transformative Language Arts in Action, from Rowman & Littlefield; Ruth Farmer and Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, editors.

• November 2013:  Katt’s most recent Fulbright project in Lesotho, Split the Village, was presented as part of the Make Art with Purpose (MAP) Festival in Dallas, Texas; a photo essay of the project is included in MAP’s publication of the event, MAP 2013 – The Workbook.

• March 2012: Publication of the chapter, “Venus in Lesotho: Women, Theatre and the Collapsible Boundaries of Silence,” in the book Feminist Popular Education in Transnational Debates: Building Pedagogies of Possibilities (Palgrave Macmillan).

• March-June & August-November 2012:  Fulbright Scholar African Regional Research Award to teach and direct at the National University of Lesotho in the Theatre Unit and to develop a new project, Split the Village, which looks at dams, environmental destruction and questions of intangible cultural heritage. 

Key Projects 2005-2011

  • 2011 – Artistic Director for The Winter/Summer Institute’s international theatre residency in July in Lesotho, southern Africa. Students from New York, Johannesburg and the National University participated, along with rural villagers from Lesotho’s Malealea Valley.
  • 2010 – Resident Artist at IRT Theater in New York, through IRT’s 3B Development Series. Creative work: continuation of work accomplished at Mabou Mines on Outpost - Letter from Lesotho: an experimental conversation
  • 2009 & 2010 – Resident Artist at Mabou Mines Theatre in New York. Two residences of development work on: Outpost - Letter from Lesotho: an experimental conversation – a performance piece about Katt’s experiences in Lesotho, southern Africa as insider/outsider – theatre director, teacher, foreigner.
  • 2008 - Jerome Foundation grant administered by Cornucopia Art Center in Lanesboro, Minnesota – where she created an installation piece, Mostly Water, with flood survivors, school children and environmental activists in the Root River Valley.
  • 2007 - Art Matters individual artist grant for her ongoing theatre work in Africa. Katt also received an Art Matters award for playwriting.  Her work as playwright and performer has been seen at NYC venues, including: Dixon Place, HERE, The Arclight, and NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing; throughout Lesotho; and at the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • June 2006 - Launch of The Winter/Summer Institute (WSI) in Lesotho by eight colleagues from four countries, which grew out of Katt’s Fulbright teaching and theatre work in 2005.  She is WSI’s Artistic Director. WSI brings together performers and directors, students and teachers, from three continents to create collaborative theatre in Lesotho about HIV/AIDS.
  • 2005 - Fulbright Scholar African Regional Research Award to teach in Lesotho in the National University’s Theatre Unit, to direct plays and to research the theatrical response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Katt Lissard is a visiting writer in Long Island University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program; and a frequent project collaborator at the State University of New York’s Empire State College in Manhattan which is currently the U.S. academic base of WSI.