Lisa Barker


Education Director

225 N. Mills Street
Suite #264
Madison, WI 53706

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Lisa Barker is the Education Director at PLACE: Professional Learning and Community Education, where she translates UW–Madison’s educational research into professional and community learning opportunities. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University and is interested in how the principles and practices of improvisational theatre can inform the work of educators. She taught English education at Stanford, SUNY New Paltz, and Towson University. She also served as Director of Education for Adventure Stage Chicago and Manager of CUNY Creative Arts Team’s Center for Educational Drama where she helped launch the first M.A. in Applied Theatre in the United States. Lisa began her career as an English, reading, and drama teacher at James Lick High School in San Jose, CA.