Lisa founded Confiança Collaborative in October 2014, as a development of SuckitAndSee Productions, which she initiated in June 2014. Confiança comprises of highly successful Edge Hill University (EHU) Alumni, whom Lisa has worked closely with as a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at EHU from 2005. Now, commenting on them as a group of professional artists, Lisa says "I am absolutely delighted to have the privilege of working with such a committed, generous, and gifted group of young people. It is a joy to bring a company of like-minded people together to produce innovative and invigorating art."
Lisa's practice as an Artist, Director, Educator, and Consultant began in 1988 before graduating from East 15 Acting School. She went on to perform in London and the West End for a number of years before returning to Education when she gained a first class honours degree in Theatre Studies and English Literature (Bolton University), an MA in Contemporary Performance (Bretton Hall, University of Leeds), a PGCE (Huddersfield University), and several other qualifications in management and education.
Lisa has an avid interest in Wellbeing and the Human Condition, is a trained and practicing Therapist, with her research focusing on the interface between performance and therapy. She writes transformative poetry and has composed the music, soundtracks, and songs for the productions that she has directed. Lisa's consultancy includes collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music and she is a freelance instructor for Mental Health First Aid England.
Lisa directed They Shoot Dogs (Philip, S. 2009) in 2014 and also played the part of Ruth's Mum. In 2015 she co-created and performed in Silent Scars I for the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool, with freelance artists Karyn Rayner-Killiner and Rachael Mutch, and in the same year she produced the mini-documentary Dramatising Complex Trauma, which was previewed at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, with Confiança Collaborative for World Mental Health Day. The documentary was presented as part of a research paper at the Theatre and Performance Conference, University of Central Lancashire (June 2015) and the International Performance Conference, IUGTE, Austria (Dec. 2015). Lisa directed and produced Red Carpet, by Liverpool playwright Mark Curtis, for the company, which premiered in October 2017, and played the parts of Dr. W. and the Vicar. Lisa presented a research paper / masterclass focusing on the production processes for Red Carpet at the International Performance Conference, IUGTE, Austria (Dec. 2017), entitled Crossing the Boundaries between Performance and Therapy: The Psycho-Creative Process. The research analyses the company's rehearsal strategies of exploring the interface between therapy and interdisciplinary performance.
Alongside managing Confiança, Lisa now has a private practice - Trust Therapy, East Sussex - and works for CRUSE Bereavement Care and Place2Be Children's Mental Health Charity.