Lisa James is a faculty member of the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She is a multi-award-winning director whose works include Heartstopper (LA Weekly Award); Palladium is Moving, (Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award); Lynn Siefert’s Little Egypt; Wendy Macleod’s The Water Children, Matrix Theater Company (LADCC nomination and Garland Awards); Justin Tanner’s Bitter Women (LADCC Award); Bold Girls, Matrix Theater Company; and The Visible Horse (LADCC and Garland Awards). World premieres include Beth Henley’s Tight Pants, Billy Aaronson’s The News, ASCAP/Disney presentation Scream (music by David Foster); Justin Tanner’s Oklahomo! and Little Egypt The Musical (music/lyrics Gregg Lee Henry) at both the Matrix Theater in L.A. and the Acorn Theater in NYC; Dying is Easy Comedy is Hard EST LA and NYC; End Days at the Odyssey Theater; The West Coast premiere of Smoke by Kim Davies at Rogue Machine.West Coast premiere of Punk Rock for the Odyssey Theater (Ovation Recommended). She is currently developing a new musical That Was Then.