Alisa has been involved with performance in one manner or another for the last 35 years. She acted on stage in high school and college and obtained a B.S. in theater directing from Oregon State University. She moved to Chicago for a position at Steppenwolf Theater Company, then enrolled in theater management studies at Columbia College. She worked Chicago’s professional theater circuit for seven years, including Bailiwick Theater, Touchstone Theater, and the Royal George Theater, among many others. Eventually she found herself back in Portland, got married, and put theater on hold for a bit while she raised her two boys. She has worked as a paralegal for 16 years, and gained valuable marketing, accounting, and personnel experience while running her business, Pub Quiz USA, a live trivia game company for which she performed and wrote trivia for seven years. During that time, she mounted the production The Hammerhead Quiz Show, a live variety show-meets-trivia game, with McMenamins at the Mission Theater, where she acted as writer, director, producer and performer for over a year.
Alisa founded the Experience Theatre Project in Beaverton with the dream of bringing imaginative, high quality immersive theater and theater education classes, camps and workshops to adults and kids in the Beaverton area. Alisa’s goals are to grow the west side’s artistic community through programs that value diversity, equity and inclusion in performing arts. Together we are building a company that values community, welcomes differences, and makes bold choices to promote innovative new experiences.