Lisa Egan Woods has been a professional actor, writer, coach, and creative artist for over a decade. A native Kentuckian, she earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, her MFA in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory through Florida State University, is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory Chicago, and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. As a teacher and artist Lisa believes that stories told truthfully and courageously can bring healing and empathy to our world. Lisa is a lover of Shakespeare, having studied under Jonny Epstein of Shakespeare & Company, and author and teacher Patsy Rodenburg. She offers a genuine and plugged-in approach to working with elevated language. She is also highly skilled in the Demidov acting technique, having studied under the international expert Andrei Malaev-Babel.
As an actor, her credits include: NEW YORK: Measure for Measure (The Night Shift); REGIONAL: Twelfth Night, The Cherry Orchard, The Belle of Amherst, All the Way, Ah, Wilderness! (Asolo Repertory Theatre); Romeo and Juliet, A Woman of No Importance, As You Like It, Boeing, Boeing (Theatre at Monmouth);Of Mice and Men, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Maples Repertory Theatre); Measure for Measure, The Importance of being Earnest (Actors Guild of Lexington), and many others. Lisa is also a playwright and poet, her award winning one woman play Thread and Bone had its world premiere at the Chicago Fringe Festival in 2018. She has studied under Silas House, Maurice Manning, and George Ella Lyon, at the Appalachian Writers Workshop at Hindman Settlement School, and Calamity West at Jackalope Theatre’s Playwrights Lab. She thrilled to be making a home here in Chicago with her husband actor Jeffrey Todd Parrott, and their dog Atticus – the best mini-dachshund in the world.