Lisa Simpson Biography

About Lisa Simpson


I’m a Liverpool based choreographer, workshop leader, and Director of Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance.

Follwing on from a successful 2 years as an Artist in Residence at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), I’m currently now a Leader in Residence for the next 3 years.

At present, I’m the Artist Director working with Sense Touchbase Pears on an exciting new National Inclusive Dance Programme.

I recently collaborated with Rosie Kay Dance Company on a ‘Developing Your Creative Practice’ project. Branching Out was an opportunity to further my choreographic practice with the most incredible team of collaborators. The team consisted of the visual artist Louis Price, a sound designer Lee Affen, a lighting designer Brent Lees, a Translator Rebecca Randall and a mentor Rosie Kay together with dancers Harriet Ellis and Luke Bradshaw.

I have Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and no verbal communication. I developed a unique methodology for realising my own choreographic work using the Simpson Board; a choreography tool created in partnership with Adam Benjamin co-founder of Candoco Dance Company in 1995 and now deliver workshops nationally, widening access for people with disabilities to gain skills in choreography and realise their creative potential.

Career Highlights

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BTEC ND in Performing Arts, Hereward College

2001 – 2004

BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design, University of Huddersfield (2001-2004)

2011 – 2014

Performed in Laura Lima’s piece, FLAT at the premiere of 11 Rooms in Manchester International Festival, Essen, Germany and Basel, Switzerland


DaDa Fest (2014) A 20-minute commissioned piece called Brought To Life.

2016 – 2018

LSID secured funding for a 2-year project funded by ACE to achieve four development goals.


Merseyside Woman of the Year: Arts & Cultural


Alison Steadman Award: Active Citizenship


R&D residency support by the Dukes


2-days residency with Adam Benjamin to further develop the Simpson Board for people with Complex needs

2018 – 2019

Directed & toured dance production Migratory


Artist in Residence at UCLan University of Central Lancashire


Secured DYCP funding from Arts Council for Branching Out R&D work & digital choreography online

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