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Who we are: Resident Artists

Lisa Marie Rollins

Director, Writer

Lisa Marie Rollins is a freelance director, writer and new play developer.  She is a co-facilitator for CFT’s Resilience and Development Lab. She is a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow (Directing) and a Directors Lab West member.  She has been a writing fellow with San Francisco Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab and the Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. Regional directing and dramaturg work includes Crowded Fire Theater, Playwright Foundation, TheatreFirst, Berkeley Repertory Theater/ Ground Floor, Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse and new plays by Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, Idris Goodwin, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm, and creative collaborations with comedic artists W. Kamau Bell and Zahra Noorbakash.  She holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and University of California, Berkeley and is Distinguished Guest Artist Faculty at St Mary’s College in Performance Studies. She is currently a Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater and Artist-in-Residence at BRAVA Theater for Women in San Francisco. Her new book of poems, “Other Words for Grief” is newly released from Finishing Line Press (2018). She is currently developing her new play “TOKEN”.

CFT Credits

Assistant Director and Dramaturg, BLACKADEMICS


Playwright, TOKEN – 2017 Matchbox Reading Series

My adoration of CFT is centered on their commitment to excellence. From critical design, to piercing script selection to community engagement, CFT continuously creates and maintains spaces where artists not only shine, but excel. This quality shows up in every aspect of the innovative and timely work that appears on their stage. 

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