Lisa Ramirez

Lisa Ramirez

LISA RAMIREZ is a mixed-race Latina writer/actor and activist whose writing lays claim to creating work influential enough to transcend the theatrical arena. Her solo-performance EXIT CUCKOO (nanny in motherland)—which explored the role of women who work as “nannies” — offered Ramirez (herself a former nanny) the opportunity to work with Domestic Workers United in New York, converse with legislators in Albany,...
LISA RAMIREZ is a mixed-race Latina writer/actor and activist whose writing lays claim to creating work influential enough to transcend the theatrical arena. Her solo-performance EXIT CUCKOO (nanny in motherland)—which explored the role of women who work as “nannies” — offered Ramirez (herself a former nanny) the opportunity to work with Domestic Workers United in New York, converse with legislators in Albany, and experience the thrill of hearing Senator Diane Savino quote her piece on the Senate floor- while fighting for New York’s 2010 passing of the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, the first legislation of its kind in the country. Lisa wrote and directed, INVISIBLE WOMEN-RISE. The play was performed by 12 Domestic Workers in in Spanish and English at the historic Riverside Church in New York. Other plays include, ART OF MEMORY, presented at the 3-Legged Dog, New York; Pas de Deux (lost my shoe), Cherry Lane Theatre; DOWN HERE BELOW, an adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s, THE LOWER DEPTHS, Oakland Theater Project; IN THE MOUNTAINS, The Workshop Theater, New York; MORE THAN GRAPES, Theatre-First in Berkeley; sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn), Oakland Theater Project; Book of Sand (a fairytale), Oakland Theater Project; TO THE BONE received its world premiere at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and won the prestigious Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. During the pandemic, Lisa organized the digital reading of TO THE BONE, with the original New York cast. The event was hosted by V (formally known as Eve Ensler), Maria Hinojosa and Rosa Clemente and was simultaneously translated into Spanish. Over 20K was raised for the Rural and Migrant ministry up in Sullivan County New York to support poultry plant employees affected by the pandemic. Currently, Lisa is part of the 2021/22 Writers Workshop at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, led by playwright Luis Alfaro, where she is working on a new play, ALL FALL DOWN. She is also working a new play, CHORUS OF HUERTAS, (funded by the Gerbode Foundation) about the life of activist and icon, Dolores Huerta.

Plays

  • EXIT CUCKOO (nanny in motherland)
    A play by Lisa Ramirez which charts the lives of nannies, mothers and children trying to get by in a complicated social-political matrix that makes the responsibility of parenting and child care a difficult emotionally tangled legal and moral web. Based on the authors own experience as a nanny and member ofv Domestic Workers United in NYC.
  • TO THE BONE
    TO THE BONE, by Lisa Ramirez is a contemporary American drama written in the tradition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which gives the audience a close up look into the lives of the invisible work force that puts food on our tables. The play examines the very nature of equality and justice in contemporary America through the eyes of five Central American women whose migration to the U.S. in search of...
    TO THE BONE, by Lisa Ramirez is a contemporary American drama written in the tradition of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which gives the audience a close up look into the lives of the invisible work force that puts food on our tables. The play examines the very nature of equality and justice in contemporary America through the eyes of five Central American women whose migration to the U.S. in search of a better life brings its own test of the human spirit. Ramirez spent six months interviewing immigrant poultry workers in the Catskills of upstate New York.