Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

Lisa Wolpe as Iago with LA Women's Shakespeare Company

Lisa Wolpe as Iago with LA Women’s Shakespeare Company

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender

Thursday, 9th July 2015
at 6PM

Anatomy Lecture Theatre 6th Floor King’s Building Strand Campus
Please see the Kings College website for directions to the Strand Campus.

This event is free and open to all, but booking is required via the Kings College website.

The 50-minute performance will be followed by a presentation and Q&A regarding the performance of gender in Shakespeare.


Visionary theatre artist Lisa Wolpe’s new solo show Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender offers a unique celebration of the enchanting power of cross-gender Shakespeare. Over the past 20 years of work with the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, Ms. Wolpe has played more of the Bard’s male roles than any woman in history, always to superlative reviews.

An activist as well as a celebrated actress and director, Wolpe’s work speaks toward liberation from the “gender box” of expectations, and offers a unique and powerful perspective of courage, resilience and hope against her family’s background of war, suicide and despair.


Lisa Wolpe is an international activist working for the empowerment of women and diversity on the stage. Since 1993 she has been the Founding Producing Artistic Director of the all-female Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company (22 seasons), where she produces, directs, and has performed roles including Hamlet, Richard III, Angelo, Leontes, Romeo, Shylock, and Iago.  Lisa is currently touring her solo show Shakespeare & the Alchemy of Gender to venues around the world. She has directed and acted regionally at theaters including Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Company, Shakespeare & Company, Arizona Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater, and more. She is a teacher/writer/actor/director who has studied deeply in Clown, Voice, Shakespearean text, and new work, and has received multiple awards for excellence in Directing, Acting, and promoting diversity and excellence onstage. She has taught and directed at universities including UCLA, USC, Cal Poly Pomona, Whittier College, ACT San Francisco, Boston University, MIT, the American Shakespeare Center, University of Colorado, and more.

L.A. Women’s Shakespeare Co.:


Lisa Wolpe will also be performing her solo show at the Rose Playhouse in London, July 14th to 26th. Book tickets here.


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