Team   /   Lisa Marie DiLiberto

Lisa Marie DiLiberto

Founder and Executive Director,
Balancing Act

Lisa Marie is the Executive Artistic Director at Theatre Direct – one of the country’s leading companies for young audiences; the founder and lead advisor of Balancing Act Canada – a national initiative supporting parents and caregivers in the performing arts; and in 2023 she was curator of JUNIOR at Harbourfront Centre – Canada’s largest international children’s festival.

Lisa Marie’s most ambitious artistic adventure to date is The Tale of a Town, an oral history, media and theatre project which toured to every province and territory in Canada collecting more than 3,000 stories transformed into a suite of site-specific performances. The Tale of a Town was developed in collaboration with the National Arts Centre and produced by FIXT POINT Arts & Media, where Lisa Marie is the founding Artistic Director. With FIXT POINT, Lisa Marie was awarded “Touring Artist of the Year” by the Canadian Association for the Performing Arts (CAPACOA) and The Tale of a Town has since been adapted into an animated series for TVO called Main Street Ontario, now in its third season.

Lisa Marie has directed several non-traditional artistic projects including Wishes in the Wind – a live film commissioned by The National Arts Centre for Grand Acts of Great Hope, a binaural audio drama commissioned for World Stage at Harbourfront Centre, the site-specific production of Four Corners as playwright in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, The Tale of a T-Shirt for Theatre Direct (Dora Award Nominations for Outstanding Direction and Best Ensemble), Oh The World Will Grow Younger! with Jumblies Theatre for Mayworks, and The Keith Richards One Woman Show with Suitcase in Point at High Performance Rodeo (Dora Nomination for Best Touring Production).

Past posts include Playwright-in-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, Associate Artistic Director at Jumblies Theatre, Artistic Director of Arts4All at the Davenport Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre, Education & Audience Development Coordinator at Canadian Stage as well as years of improv comedy as a cast member in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding at Second City in Toronto.

Lisa Marie is a graduate of George Brown Theatre School and Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, France and currently a PhD candidate at York University pursuing research in site-specific performance ethnography with children. She serves on the board of the The Community Arts Guild in Scarborough and the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) where she also sits on the Social Justice Committee. Lisa Marie is an advocate for artist parents and the proud mother of two wild children that showed up somewhere along the way. Most importantly, Lisa Marie is a fierce little league coach for her two wild music-loving baseball playing boys.