Lisa Robertson is a premier acting coach in Los Angeles film and television, coaching numerous breakout and award-winning roles, as well as coaching theater for both Regional and Broadway.
A protégé of the acclaimed acting coach, Larry Moss, Lisa most recently coached actress, Logan Browning in her lead role of Samanta White in DEAR WHITE PEOPLE (Netflix), Jihae Kim in her lead (twin) roles of Hana/Joon in Ron Howard/Brian Grazer’s, MARS (Imagine TV/NatGeo) and the upcoming “Peter Jackson’s, MORTAL ENGINES,” as well as Natasha Bassett as Britney Spears in BRITNEY EVER AFTER; also, her roles in the Coen Bros, HAIL, CAESAR! and the upcoming SPINNING MAN, opposite Guy Pearce.
In the most cutting edge of television, and receiving an Emmy nomination for her performance in THE HANDMAID’S TALE, Lisa works with Alexis Bledel, and long-time LRS actor, Leonardo Nam plays “Lutz” in HBO’s, WESTWORLD, which received twenty-two nominations. Other favorite coaching credits include: MUNICH (dir, Steven Spielberg); RENDITION, (Chopard Award for Breakout Performance at Cannes); Eddie Izzard’s series lead in THE RICHES (on-set), VALKYRIE; RAGE; OCEAN’S THIRTEEN (on-set); the Russell Crowe feature, TENDERNESS (dir. John Polson); THE TWILIGHT SAGA; BATTLE: LOS ANGELES; THE BRIDGE; BROTHERHOOD; THE PACIFIC; THE STONING OF SORAYA M (title role); THE HUNGER GAMES; TRAITOR; MAD MEN; BOSS; AQUARIUS; UGLY BETTY; BONES; THE SHEILD; THE O.C, POST GRAD (Alexis Bledel) to name a few in a list that ranges to the hundreds and includes nearly all episodics of the last ten years. Lisa teaches group scene-study classes to advanced and intermediate actors at her studio.
Lisa’s work as an acting coach brought her to the attention of EP/Showrunners, Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich (THE KILLING, CARNAVALE) who mentored Lisa’s transition to writing and directing. ILisa was one of the eight filmmakers selected for the prestigious Film Independent Directing Lab, for her feature screenplay COMMERCE, based on her short film of the same name, and mentored by Zoe Cassavetes.
Lisa wrote/directed her short COMMERCE as part of the prestigious AFI Directing Workshop for Women, winning the Adrienne Shelly Foundation Award Grant at its Director’s Guild of America premiere. Festival awards and nominations followed and the film qualified for Academy Award consideration. COMMERCE remains a top 50 All-Time Bestselling Drama Short on iTunes.
The feature screenplay of “COMMERCE,” also received a fellowship for the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab and the FAST TRACK film financing market at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Lisa directed the first original narrative content for Audible.com, a World War One audio drama by Emmy award winner, Charles Olivier, CHRISTMAS EVE , 1914 starring Damon Herriman, Cameron Daddo, Cody Fern, Lance Guest, Xander Berkley and Nate Jones.
In theater, Lisa was awarded a New Directors Observership by the New York Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, which she completed at the Ahmanson Theater, Los Angeles. Lisa produced and directed “AMERICAN TEN” at the Coast Playhouse, West Hollywood, which garnered industry acclaim and saw standing room only houses. As Producer/Assoc. Director, Lisa mounted a critically acclaimed production of “KING LEAR” with Patsy Rodenburg from the National Theatre, London in Los Angeles, which received rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times and notice in the New York Times. Lisa worked closely with Patsy for three years.
After a young and prolific career as a professional dancer in her native Australia, Lisa was spotted in her first acting class by director, Jane Campion, and auditioned to final consideration for the role of “Kay” in Ms. Campion’s, SWEETIE. Lisa subsequently trained as an actor in London, San Francisco (American Conservatory Theater), and for five years in Los Angeles with Larry Moss. Recognizing her talents as a director/coach, Mr. Moss began referring Lisa industry-wide.
Lisa also works extensively with film and television directors, delving into and finding the thematic spine of the material, visual language, psychological transition and arc of the protagonist – as well as technique of working deeply (and succinctly) with actors.
Lisa held the position of Directing Advisor to the prestigious Film Independent Project Involve, overseeing six short films that premiered at Los Angeles Film Festival, 2015. She is currently working with the six emerging directors selected for the 2017 Film Independent Directing Lab on their narrative feature projects, honing their skills in working with actors.