Lisa Maris McDonell is a dance artist with a multi faceted practice which includes performance, choreography, dance education, dance therapy, video and sound production. Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Lisa has worked consistently as an independent dancer and choreographer, working with many of Australia and Ireland’s leading contemporary dance artists.
As a choreographer, Lisa has created numerous dance works for small groups as commissions and independent projects. She has also created a number of solo works for herself and other dancers, performed in theatres and festivals throughout Australia as well as Europe and Asia.
As a dance educator Lisa has worked for West Australian Academy of Performing Arts in the Dance and Musical Theatre Departments, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company Public Classes, NAISDA Dance College (where she was Course Coordinator), Accessible Arts, Australian College of Physical Education and the full time dance course housed at Ireland's Firkin Crane Choreographic Centre. She has also taught at numerous high schools and organisations in NSW, WA and Ireland.
In recent years, Lisa has been involved in residencies and projects with Critical Path, De Quincey Co. Tasdance, Merrigong Theatre, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Big Ci and was a prizewinner in the 2016 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize for her video Women’s Work. She has created and presented two full length works for professional dancers over the last two years; Home Truths through Merrigong Theatre’s Studio Sessions and Five Kinds of Paradise at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre as part of their 2016 performance season.