Lisa Evans started out as an actor, training at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then working both in the UK and the USA, before becoming a playwright. Her many stage plays include Under Exposure (which won the British Theatre Association award in 1986), Stamping, Shouting & Singing Home, The Red Chair (which won the British Theatre Association award in 1988), Getting to the Foot of the Mountain, Once We Were Mothers, Up the Duff, Glory Glory, Keep Smiling Through and The Day the Waters Came, which won the Writers’ Guild best play for young audiences award in 2011. Her play RISE UP won the Writers Guild Award 2017 for Best Play for Young Audiences. Her adaptations for the stage include: East Lynne, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Jamaica Inn, Villette, Frankenstein, The Maid of Buttermere, The Dead Secret and Cat’s Eye.
Lisa also writes for television on series such as EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Peak Practice and The Bill. Her radio plays include Ring o’ Roses, Sweet Fanny Adams, Hanging Fire, Women Can Fly and Thin Ice. She has been writer-in-residence at Theatre Centre and Temba Theatre Company and was associate writer for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. Lisa has run creative-writing workshops at theatres and writers’ groups throughout the country. She facilitates the ongoing West London Writers’ Workshop. She had the best of times being the RLF Fellow at Brunel University from 2012 to 2014.