Lisa Mallette is in her twelfth season as executive artistic director at City Lights Theater Company in San Jose, California, where she served three years as managing director prior to that. She has led her company through more than a decade of artistic and administrative growth, which has included closing the past 13 years in the black. A member of Theatre Bay Area's board of directors, Mallette also chairs the Theatre Services Committee. She is a 2014 recipient of the Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate Award.
Under Mallette's leadership, City Lights has garnered major critical acclaim for its mainstage seasons, Lights & Music Concert Series, and New Play Readers Series. Seasons have featured numerous world premieres, including 2014's widely praised commission Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War, written by City Lights Associate Artistic Director Kit Wilder and Jeffrey Bracco. This season will feature another world-premiere commission by Wilder: a new high-tech adaptation of Frankenstein.
A member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA, Mallette has worked for countless theater companies in the Western United States. She regularly directs and performs at City Lights, where her recent credits have included directing the world-premiere production of Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman; Amadeus; The Elephant Man; West Side Story; and The Rocky Horror Show.
A San Francisco native, Mallette is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Sophie and Olivia.
Blognews, trends, insights
In this installment of the Triple Play series, Lisa Mallette writes about how City Lights Theater Company extends “radical hospitality” to all audience members.