Lisa Simpson’s Biography
Lisa Simpson is a Liverpool based choreographer, workshop leader, and Director of Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance. Lisa has quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy and no verbal communication and has consequently developed a unique methodology for realising her own choreographic work. Lisa choreographs using the Simpson Board, an inexpensive but priceless tool created in partnership with Adam Benjamin in 1995. Lisa now delivers workshops nationally, widening access for people with disabilities to gain skills in choreography and realise their creative potential. In the last few years, Lisa has been focusing on her own choreographic practice. She has recently developed her first work titled Migratory with a company of professional dancers in partnership with LPM and The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster.
During the devising period, Lisa’s assigned mentor George Adams from LPM Dance Theatre has helped her to realise an inner hunger for combing a love of visual artwork with dance. Lisa’s ambition now is to pursue choreographic work whilst raising her profile as an artist within the wider dance sector.
Career highlights include:
BTEC ND in Performing Arts, Hereward College (1996-1998)
BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design, University of Huddersfield (2001-2004)
DaDa Fest (2014) A 20-minute commissioned piece called Brought To Life; please click here to watch the video
LSID secured funding for a 2-year project funded by ACE (2016-2018) to achieve four development goals:
Develop undiscovered talent through participation and performance; Refine the Simpson Board; Fundraising; Continuous Professional Development
Won the Merseyside Women of the Year 2016: Arts and Cultural
Lisa won the Alison Steadman award 2017: Active Citizenship
R&D residency support by the Dukes (2017)
2-days residency with Adam Benjamin (2017) to further develop the board