Lisa to appear as an actor in a new off-Broadway play by Cody Buser, For a Life, at the Theatre 54/ Riant Theatre, New York City in May 2018.




2018. "Journey Home". Currently in Pre-Production. Lisa's screenplay based on the novel by Olaf Olafsson won the European Creative Media award. Lead Producers are True North of Iceland.

Starring Alex Jennings.


"David" - A film based on Lisa's true story about the model of Michelangelo's David. "Option acquired by Parkville Productions".


"Madame Ida", a recently completed 35mm/ 17 minute film in French and English, starring Celia Imrie, Naomi Sorkin, Maryam D'Abo, Angélique Rivoux and produced by Parkville Pictures. Currently on the Festival circuit.

Shown at the following venues and festivals:

Brescia Film Festival 2013, London Short Film Festival 2012, premiered at the Capri International Festival of the Arts at La Certosa, 2011, Hay Festival of Literature, 2011, V&A Museum 2011, Saint-Etienne, France. Female Eye Festival Toronto, Cambridge International Festival.


Lisa is currently adapting the play, "American Justice", into a feature length film.




2017. 'Paris By Night'. Lisa has adapted and written this play based on the acclaimed french play "Rue de Babylone' by Jean-Marie Besset.


"Chéri the Musical", books and lyrics by Michael Yale and music by Charlie Round-Turner, based on the novel "Chéri" by Colette.


"Shrinks!", a new Musical in collaboration with Brett Kahr.


"The 51st Floor", a play commissioned for the London New Play Festival. Currently writing full-length version.


"The Deep Blue Sea". Lisa has acquired the French rights for this Rattigan play and is currently working with adapter Stéphane Laporte on the French version.


"American Justice" at the Arts Theatre, London. Opened 10th January 2013 for a five week run. Producers: Louise Chantal, Gabby Vautier and the Playground Studios.


"Dark at the Top of the Stairs" by William Inge.

First UK production for over a generation. Opened at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry on the 20th October, running through the 10th November 2012.


"Love Exposed" and "Thoughts Round Midnight" during 2010 and 2011 a cabaret with Harold Sanditen performed at Pizza on the Park, The Pheasantry, Don't tell Mama(New York) and now on tour to New York and Chicago.


"Rue Magique", entirely original musical with book by Lisa Forrell and music and lyrics by Brett Kahr produced at the Kings Head Theatre in October 2008.


"Babylone", by Jean-Marie Besset and translated by Lisa, Belgrade Theatre Coventry October 2009.


"The Corporate Witches", original devised play for the Playground Company: received additional Award from the Playground for 3-week workshop in September.


"The Ida Project", a devised project based loosely on the life of Ida Rubinstein, with physical theatre actors and with Lynn Seymour and Matthew Hart (Royal Ballet) as choreographer. Awarded grants from the Playground Studio and the Arts Council (London).


Tabloid Caligula and Unsuspecting Susan for Brits Off Broadway Season at 59th Street Theatre, New York.


"Couples in Counterpoint", a devised evening of Musical Comedy songs and their interpretation directed and hosted by Lisa with Kim Criswell at the Linbury Studios, Royal Opera House.


Shocking, Rehearsed reading at Tristan Bates Theatre of new play by Stewart Permutt, with Patricia Hodge and Paula Dionsotti; later Celia Imrie and Lesley Joseph.


Tabloid Caligula, by Darren Murphy, at the Arcola Theatre. Lisa was also dramaturg for this play.


Unsuspecting Susan, by Stewart Permutt, with Celia Imrie (Nominated for Best Play, What"s on in London) Run extended.


Johnson is Leaving, by John Wain, RSC The Swan: Then on tour.


Best of Motives, co-authored by Lisa and Marcel Berlins, a rehearsed reading of new play about the anti-terrorism laws; at the Tricycle Theatre, in aid of charity.


Total Eclipse, play by Christopher Hampton staged reading in French at the Theatre de L"Oeuvre, Paris, with Robinson Stevenin.


Espresso Trasho, new musical at the Arts Theatre for the Mercury Musical Workshop.


Cartas, a production of The Letters of a Portuguese Nun at the Culture Project, New York (Off-Broadway).


Dragonslayer, New York Workshop of new Canadian musical (CD available).


Doomsday Girl, new play by Moira Buffini for the London New Play Festival at the Finborough Arms & Gielgud Theatre.


Dragonslayer, London musical workshop with Julie-Alannah Brighton & Martin Crewes.


The Slow Drag, musical play by Carson Kreitzer, at Freedom Theatre. Transferred to Whitehall Theatre, West End. Starring Kim Criswell (CD available).


Abundance, British premiere of Beth Henley's play at the Riverside Studios. Starring Myriam Cyr and Maryam D'Abo.


Time and the Room, British premiere of Botho Strauss's play to launch the Gate Theatre's German season. Time Out Critics "Choice.

Suzannah Andler, Marguerite Duras' play at Battersea Arts Centre. Starring Susan Hampshire.


Waiting for Godot, Beckett's play, set in Arabia, in co-production with Plymouth Theatre Royal & Lyric Studio, Hammersmith. Starring Nadim Sawalha.


Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester Festival, with Greg Hicks and Suzan Sylvester.


Look Back in Anger, Osborne play at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.


Total Eclipse, Revival of Christopher Hampton's play at Greenwich Theatre, with Greg Hicks and Oliver Milburn.


A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Revival of Peter Nichols' award-winning play at the King's Head Theatre, with Clive Owen and John Warnaby.


Charlemagne, New play by and with Sarah Miles at the Old Fire Station, Oxford. With Greg Hicks.


Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, British premiere of Broadway play by William Hanley at Greenwich Theatre. Starring David Burke.


A Shayna Maidel, Highly successful production of Barbara Lebow's play, at the King's Head, then at the Ambassadors Theatre (West End), starring Anita Dobson.


The Day You'll Love Me, British premiere of Venezuelan play at Hampstead Theatre, starring Greg Hicks.


The Real World?, Directed and translated by Lisa, by award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Tremblay, at Soho Poly. With Marcus d'Amico.


Hospitality, British premiere of play by Allan Havis. With Lesley Joseph.




"Among Us", A play loosely based on true crime, with Marcel Berlins.


Translations: "Rue de Babylone" & "Les Grecs" both by Jean-Marie Besset.


The Measures Taken, Drama Studio production of Brecht play.


Motortown Blues: Directed and co-authored new musical with Felix Cross. Workshop at her Majesty’s Theatre and Hampstead Theatre, with Sharon D. Clarke and Clive Rowe. (CD available).


Directed numerous workshops of new playwrights including Paloma Pedrero (Spanish) for the Lyric Hammersmith series and the Duke of York's (West End). Other new play readings include ‘Yahweh’ by Josh Goldstein at the Soho Theatre.


Assistant director: German productions of In the Jungle of the Cities (Berliner Ensemble) and La Celestina (Weimar Nationaltheatre).


American Justice (2013)

"Under Lisa Forrell's careful direction the three central performances convince....GRIPPING"

**** The Times

"Director Lisa Forrell keeps everything spinning suspensefully. I can already envisage a Hollywood film"

**** Evening Standard

"Lisa Forrell's powerfully acted production...tense, thought-provoking."

The Independent

"A psychological thrilled that grips...the play never relaxes its hold in Lisa Forrell's sharp production"

Daily Telegraph

"Full of surprises and a superb cast, American Justice is not to be missed"

**** West End Frame


Dark at The Top of the Stairs (2012)

"Lisa Forrell's darkly compelling production'

**** Daily Telegraph

"..for the Belgrade theatre..this was not just another feather in its cap but a peak"

The Stage

"Forrell's production captures the bruising intimacy"

The Guardian


A Shayna Maidel

'Exquisitely acted and given a sensitively paced production by Lisa Forrell' The Times

'Lisa Forrell's company plays with piercing emotional accuracy'

The Independent on Sunday

'Lisa Forrell has obtained minutely realised performances…'

Financial Times


The Passion of Marianne

'Lisa Forrell's production establishes a powerful visual rhythm, focusing just often enough on the letters……….to remind us of the epistolary form, but never becoming static'

Evening Standard


The Real World?

'Good urgent writing and gripping performances'

The Sunday Times – Theatre Choice


The Day You'll Love Me

'Lisa Forrell's direction splendidly creates an almost Chekovian mood…'

Evening Standard

'Lisa Forrell directs with amused sensitivity and the result is a captivating production'

The Observer

'I invite you to join me on an amazing theatrical discovery'

Daily Mail

'Lisa Forrell's superb production'

Time Out & Critics Choice


Slow Dance on the Killing Ground

'Lisa Forrell's well-paced direction and three fine performances..'

The Sunday Times

'Extremely well-played'

The Independent

Time and The Room

'An impressively bald staging'

Evening Standard

'Lisa Forrell boldly presents as Pirandellian farce'

Mail on Sunday

'LF's scrupulous and faithful production'

Time Out – Critics Choice



'Lisa Forrell directs meticulously..'

Financial Times

'Carefully directed by Lisa Forrell, these are strong performances'

The Guardian


Total Eclipse

'Lisa Forrell's production is first-rate'

What's on Stage

'..gets a sharp tough production from Lisa Forrell, as ruthless as the writing'

Sunday Times


Unsuspecting Susan

'Under Lisa Forrell's direction (Celia Imrie) takes the audience into her snooty confidence right from the off'

Time Out'

'Savvy direction by Lisa Forrell'

The New York Times


A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

''In Lisa Forrell's fine revival'

The Guardian – Choice

'Total Eclispe last month and now Peter Nichol's Joe Egg…the last two (so dissimilar) have been excellently directed by Lisa Forrell'

Financial Time



Drama School productions: classics ranging from Chekhov to Brecht.

Death of a Salesman (Contact Theatre, Manchester)

The French Connection (Granada TV reconstruction)


Mrs. Prentice in 'What the Butler Saw' and Kath in 'Entertaining Mr. Sloane' at the Museum of Islington in January 2012, for the London New Play Festival, role of Mariana in Red Light Soho.


In March 2017 Lisa appeared at the Old Red Lion theatre in London in the principal role of Sally in 'Sailing Golden'.



Created and teaches regular course on Tennessee Williams and American drama at the Actors Centre, London


Acting with Stella Adler and HB Studios, New York.

Acting and directing theatre arts degree at Brandeis University, Boston.

"Aspirant" (trainee) Director at the Berliner Ensemble and Weimar Nationaltheatre (East Germany).



Languages: Fluent French & German

Lisa is also an English barrister.




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