Katt Lissard's Accomplishments
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 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. I’m a two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow.
• September 2014: Target date for the performance/archive launch of the Split the Village project, which looks at dams, environmental destruction and questions of intangible cultural heritage. We plan to link the performance/archive launch with the opening of the Metolong Dam.
• Early 2014/date TBA: An article I co-authored, “Viral Collaboration: Harmonizing to defeat AIDS in southern Africa,” that will appear in the South African Theatre Journal/SATJ.
• November 2013: My most recent Fulbright project in Lesotho, Split the Village, was presented at the Make Art with Purpose (MAP) Festival in Dallas, Texas and is one of the included project essays in MAP’s publication of the event, MAP 2013 – The Workbook
• March 2012: Publication of my 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 my 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 I 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 my ongoing theatre work in Africa. I also received an earlier Art Matters award for playwriting. My 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 my Fulbright teaching and theatre work in 2005. I’m 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.