Lisa Mallette

Lisa Mallette


   San Mateo, CA

Now in her thirteenth season at City Lights, and her tenth as Executive Artistic Director, Lisa Mallette is also a member of the Theatre Bay Area Board of Directors, and chairs the TBA Theatre Services Committee. She is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California, and of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City – where she studied under the late, great Sanford Meisner – and she is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors’ Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

For the past twenty years, Lisa has performed and directed for countless theatres in the Bay Area and throughout the Western United States. For City Lights, she has directed acclaimed productions of Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, A…My Name Is Alice, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Hair, First Person Shooter, Rent , Aphrodisiac, Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. She is also currently directing Amadeus, opening in March.

A San Francisco native, Lisa is a graduate of the prestigious Community Leadership San Jose, and she lives on the Peninsula with her husband, actor-director and City Lights Associate Artistic Director Kit Wilder, and their two beautiful daughters, ten year old Sophie and seven year old Olivia.


What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?

I was incredibly honored to be recognized in this way, especially considering the vast number of talented artists in our community.

What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

I am still the Executive Artistic Director for City Lights Theater Company. Here are some photos of past productions I?ve directed: I hope that my art is always evolving and changing for the better. I challenge myself in everything I do.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

Keep doing what you are doing if it is in your heart!! Always continue to challenge yourself in your art form. Some of the best results come from mistakes and failures.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

General public apathy - theater makers passionate and creative - good work!!! Need stronger advocacy and corporate partnerships.