Lisi Stoessel is a hybrid theatre artist exploring the aesthetic and transformative potential of the moving body in space. This lifelong interest has led her from depicting the bodies of others as a visual artist and set designer to performing with her own body in the fields of puppetry, dance, and physical theatre. Lisi likes to create work that playfully disrupts habitual ways of thinking and being through immersing audiences in meaningful, vivid, otherworldy experiences.
Lisi lives in Baltimore and her work has shown both locally and internationally. She is an Artistic Associate of collaborative art works company Submersive Productions (Baltimore) and core collaborator of feminist punk rock dance band Tia Nina (Washington, DC). She has performed with puppets live and for music videos in Czech Republic, Germany, and the US. Lisi has created sets and puppets for many companies along the east coast of the US and beyond, including Single Carrot Theatre, Synetic Theater, force/collision, Swim Pony Performing Arts, The Berserker Residents, Annie Wilson, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Forum Theatre Company, Constellation Theatre Company, The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium, Adventure Theater, and Submersive Productions. In 2017 Lisi was nominated for a Baker Artist Award, as well as awarded a Jim Henson Foundation Workshop Grant for her immersive theatre show in collaboration with Submersive Productions, H.T. Darling's Incredible Musaeum. She has also won a non-equity Jeff Award in Artistic Specialization for her robot design for Sideshow Theatre Company's Heddatron (Chicago). Lisi has studied mime, clown, and movement in Washington DC, Prague, and Berlin, and holds her MFA in Scene Design from the University of Virginia.