Lisa Kenner Grissom

Lisa Kenner Grissom is an award-winning LA-based screenwriter, playwright, and producer whose work explores complex social issues through intimate relationships, often through a female lens. Her multiple award-winning short film, TATTOO YOU, is based on her Samuel French published one-act play of the same name. Full-length plays include: HERE COMES THE NIGHT, MOTHERLAND, FOUR CHAMBERS (Winner, Jean Kennedy Smith Award, KCACTF), BUILDING THE PERFECT CHAIR, and SHELTER. Her writing has been recognized as a finalist/semi-finalist by the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ashland New Play Festival, The Lark, Playwrights’ Center, Princess Grace Foundation, Jewish Plays Project, TruVoices, PlayPenn, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her short plays are published by Smith & Kraus.

During the height of the pandemic in March 2020, Lisa, along with partners Minita Gandhi and Wesley Middleton, created/produced/directed HISTORY IS NOW, a 5-part short documentary series which captures the diverse stories of a group of unsung heroes working to survive during this extraordinary time. 

Lisa’s work has been presented/developed at The Kennedy Center, Antaeus Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Chalk Rep, Clurman Theater, Garage Theatre Ensemble, Inkwell Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, Moving Arts, Palm Beach Dramaworks, The Road Theatre, and more. As a screenwriter, she is currently developing a feature screenplay called GROWN-UP BULLY (which expands the story in TATTOO YOU), and FANIA IN THE FOREST, a one-hour historical drama. Originally from Boston, Lisa is a proud member of The Playwrights Union and Dramatist Guild.