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Lisa Wagner-Carollo Biography:

Lisa Wagner is the founder and director of Still Point Theatre Collective. She founded the company in 1993, motivated by a strong desire to combine ministry and theatre. For over fifteen years, she has toured the country and overseas with Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day. While researching the play, she met the St. Catherine of Genoa Catholic Worker community. After volunteering in the house for six months, she became a full-time Catholic Worker and lived in the community for two years. Among other productions, Wagner has also performed in and produced for Still Point, the internationally toured Points of Arrival: A Jean Donovan Journey, a play that explores the life and commitment of one of the four North American churchwomen killed in El Salvador in 1980. In 2001, Lisa co-wrote with Virginia Smith Walking with Them, a piece commissioned by the Sisters of Mercy. She is currently touring around the United States and overseas with Strong Women, Haunted by God, Deep Listening, and Still Point Theatre Collective’s production on death and dying. Ten years ago, Lisa began a theatre program for women at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC), and recently expanded the program to two other Illinois institutions. Lisa is also the founder and co-director of The Imagination Workshop, a theatre company for adults with developmental disabilities based at Esperanza Community Services. The company has produced original theatre works for over fifteen years. Wagner’s education includes a B.S.E. degree from Emporia State University. Lisa received a Seeds of Hope Award from Wheatridge Ministries in February of 2009. She also recently completed her certification as a spiritual director from the Racine Dominicans in Racine, Wisconsin.

Awards: Outstanding Recent Graduate, Emporia State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 1997

Volunteer of the Year, Metropolitan Correctional Center, 2006

Seeds of Hope Award, Wheatridge Ministries, 2009.

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