Lisa Verlo

Artist, Writer, and Musician in Sierra Madre, California

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Lisa Verlo is a writer, performer, and lyricist whose songs have been featured on film and television. After studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles, and with Sandra Seacat at her workshops around the world, Lisa took to the road in a vintage VW bus, developing her writing through performance art and participating in the poetry slam circuit.

Returning to LA to record albums of spoken word and song, Lisa teamed up with composer and musician Frank Simes for collaborations in music, multimedia, and musical theatre. Verlo and Simes staged their original musical The Door at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 2012. Lisa performed her one woman show Sex Rated G at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015 and the Hollywood Fringe Festival in 2018.

Lisa’s second solo show, HOLLYWOODN’T, delves into sexual harassment within the entertainment industry and pays homage to the bravery and empowerment of the #MeToo movement. Directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson, HOLLYWOODN’T was featured at SOLOFEST 2019, the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast. HOLLYWOODN’T was also presented at the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019, where it won a Producer’s Encore Award and received a nomination for the Larry Cornwall Award for Musical Excellence.

HOLLYWOODN’T was also a featured show at the Binge Fringe Festival at the Santa Monica Playhouse in November 2019 as well as at Solo Stars Series at the Lounge Theatre, January 2020.

Lisa is currently working on HOLLYWOODN’T the memoir, a new solo musical show Rockstar, and an upcoming podcast The Big Strum Theory.

"She has that rare gift of connecting to the audience on an almost cellular level. She is fierce and brave and wise and absolutely hilarious…Bravo!!!"

- Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts Disctirct

"She speaks candidly about sex and her own sexuality. Although the subject of abuse is no laughing matter, Lisa’s use of body language (and “talking” body parts) keeps the audience enthralled."

-Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times

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