Who is this girl and how do you pronounce her name?
Alisa: uh--lee--suh; a Lisa (as in, "How many Lisas are there?" / "There's just one Lisa. A Lisa.")
Alisa is a quirky leading lady (a classification she recently made up). More of a Lizzie than a Jane; a Meg than a Fiona; a Dawn than a Jenna. She has studied verbal and physical comedy, and has a knack making the usual unusual.
She was born on Halloween and grew up performing the entirely of Into the Woods for her grandma each summer in her living room. She loves musical theatre, and the history of theatre in general, but she also loves a good workplace sit-com on TV, and the heart that Pixar movies have. She is a champion of female writers and is so happy to be around in a time when a new voice is finally starting to get more recognition.
As a singer, she was trained classically before moving to musical theatre and rock. She can sing your Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls to your Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and everything in between.
Alisa earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Kent State University and her MFA in Acting at the University of Virginia. She studied improv at UCB in NYC and with Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater. She also studied musical improv at the Magnet Theater, where she was on 2 weekly house teams, Kid Detectives and The Stragglers.
She lives in New York with her husband and fellow actor, Chris Seiler, and their adorable cat who was also born on Halloween. Probably.