Lisa Rowland

Company Member since 2007
Coach since 2008

Lisa Rowland began improvising in high school and then fell in love with the practice in college as a member of the Stanford Improvisors at Stanford University, under the coaching of Patricia Ryan Madson (author of Improv Wisdom: Don’t Prepare, Just Show Up).  She joined the BATS Main Stage Company as a guest in 2006 and a permanent Company member in 2007.   From 2005 to 2012, Lisa served as the Manager of the BATS School of Improv, and she continues to teach in the school, specializing in Improvised Shakespeare and Improvised Singing.

In addition to performing with BATS, which she considers herself massively lucky to do, Lisa is a founding member of Awkward Dinner Party and also performs with Improv Playhouse of San Francisco. She teaches and performs improv all over the country and the world, from Mexico to Germany to Saudi Arabia, where she travels yearly to teach at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).  

Here in the Bay Area, Lisa is a lecturer at Stanford University, teaching improvisation as part of the Theatre and Performance Studies department.  She also puts her improv skills to work off-stage through teaching communication skills and co-facilitating workshops on innovation through Design Thinking  She is the lucky co-coach of two wonderful high school improv teams in San Mateo.