Lisa Parry is a playwright based in Cardiff. Her play The Merthyr Stigmatist was recently shortlisted for Theatre Uncut’s Political Playwriting Award, a prize supported by the Sherman, Traverse and Young Vic. It will be staged at the Sherman in October 2020 as a Sherman/Theatre Uncut co-production and was recently praised as “surely 2020’s best premise for a play” by BBC News.
Lisa’s work has been staged by leading new writing companies in the UK and USA, including Dirty Protest, The Miniaturists and PopUp Theatrics. Her work has been produced at: The Barbican, The Other Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Chapter Arts, Theatre 503, The Arcola, TACT Studio (Broadway, NYC), The Arches, Bridewell Theatre London and Martin E Segal Theatre (NYC).
In 2016, Lisa co-founded Illumine Theatre Company with director Zoë Waterman. The company's first production – of Lisa's play 2023 – opened to rave reviews in October 2018. Wales Arts Review described it as "wonderfully written”, Art Scene in Wales called it "a truly thought-provoking piece", Buzz Magazine described it as "a morality tale for the Black Mirror generation". In addition, Get the Chance described it as "[a] stunning new play... I propose that it is in the running for best Welsh play of 2018".
Lisa has spoken extensively on various panels regarding feminism and theatre and also science and theatre, notably giving a talk for TEDx in Cardiff. She co-founded and co-produced work by female playwrights across the UK for Agent 160 Theatre Company in 2012 and 2014 in response to the statistic that just 17 per cent of plays of produced plays were then written by women. Lisa previously worked as a news journalist in regional and national journalism and has written for the Guardian and contributed to BBC Radio 4, discussing the arts scene in Wales.