Theatre and Dance

Lisa Wiperling

Lisa Wipperling

Instructor of Musical Theatre Voice and Music Director
Office Location: Browne Hall
Email: L-Wipperling@wiu.edu>

Lisa Wipperling is an Instructor of Musical Theatre Voice and Music Director for the fall 2019 Musical, First Date.  

Lisa received her MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University in 2019. During her time there she was the instructor of record for Intro to the Art of Acting and Acting the Song and was blessed with many performing opportunities that added to her Actors Equity Association experience. She received a Certificate of Musical Theatre Performance from the American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, and specialized in new works during her time in the city. She settled for some time in the Midwest regional scene, picking up guest artist work, summer stocks and tours, and digging in as a choreographer, coach, judge, and director before heading to graduate school. Her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Morningside College and her years as a 6 th -12 th  grade vocal music and theatre director only deepened the experiences she shares with students as they forge their paths at Western Illinois University and beyond.  

Lisa's an established acting coach, director, choreographer and musical director, contributing to many shows including Hello Dolly, Fiddler on the Roof, 33 Variations, Our Town, Arcadia, Oliver, and Oklahoma! She's taught workshops in Viewpoints, Voice and Movement, and Acting the Song and looks forward to extending her conference and workshop profile as time allows. Her performing career has spanned nearly two decades in the musical theatre, theatre, jazz, choral music, cabaret, songwriting, and devising realms. Some of her diverse acting favorites include Airline Highway (Tanya),  Arcadia (Lady Croom), Nebraska Theatre Caravan's A Christmas Carol (Mrs. Cratchit), Blithe Spirit(Ruth), Carousel (Nettie Fowler), To Kill a Mockingbird (Miss Maudie), Spamalot (Lady of the Lake), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Suzie), Shrek (Dragon, Blind Mouse, Blue, Dulocian), and Into the Woods (The Baker's Wife and The Witch in separate productions).  

Lisa is an alumnus of The Texas Shakespeare Festival and Guild Member as well as a board member for the Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association where she raises funds with a team of theatre supporters for new programs and needed improvements for the Black Hills Playhouse in Custer State Park, South Dakota. Her newest affiliation is membership of Statera Arts, a national organization that supports bringing women, and all who identify as women, into full and equal participation in the arts.