Lessons by Lisanne
Lisanne Shaffer is an Assistant Professor of Theater Education and Theater for Youth at East Carolina University. She received a BFA in Musical Theater from East Carolina University in 2003. While studying Musical Theater at ECU, she completed a two-year training in the Sanford Meisner technique. She received her MS in Educational Theater from the City College of New York in 2015.
Lisanne began her work at Brooklyn High School of the Arts in 2015, where she served as a theater teacher for eight years. While there, she ran the musical theater program and taught the 9th grade acting classes, bringing her love of theater and acting technique work into the classroom, while also sharing her directing talents.
Lisanne’s productions have received numerous accolades, including being selected for the prestigious Shubert High School Theater Festival three times with “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Almost Maine” and, most recently, “Fame!” In 2020, Lisanne received the Arthur Miller Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts Education.
She has also served as the lead high school theater teacher at the New York City Summer Arts Institute, lead teacher at Lincoln Center’s middle school bootcamp, as a professional development leader with the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Arts and Special Projects, and as an adjunct instructor in The City College of New York’s program in Educational Theater.