Lisa’s two passions in life are acting and martial arts, and she has many special skills that align with her two life passions. She’s an executive producer, associate producer, acting teacher, self-defense instructor, fight performer, and an actress who enjoys doing her own stunt work.
Lisa received her degree in Television Production and Communications from Clarion University in Pennsylvania. She is a SAG/AFTRA actor and has appeared on numerous national television shows including “Northern Exposure,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Case Closed,” and the Discovery Channel’s “The Worst Thing that Ever Happened to Me.” Internationally Lisa appeared on the popular Japanese Television series “The World’s Astonishing News.” She has also appeared in numerous commercials, industrials, web series, and theater productions in the LA, Portland and Seattle Markets.
In 2013 Lisa founded Playhouse Northwest Acting School, which was a dream come true because she loves helping other artists to learn, grow, and prosper in their careers.
“This training has a tendency to not only improve careers but to improve lives. Meisner really is a super power. I invite you to come in and attend a class. Hope to see you soon!” — Lisa Skvarla
Her goal is to elevate acting in local communities across the region.
In 2018 Lisa appeared in the award-winning feature film “Woodstock or Bust” with Willow Shields (from “Hunger Games”) and Meg DeLacy ( from “The Fosters”) that came out this past spring. She also appeared on the TV show “Wonderland Murders” that was released in February. In addition she is an actor and the executive producer of “Divine Shadows,” an award-winning web series that will be released this year.
Lisa is a 4th degree Master in Tae kwon do and was the proud owner of Lee’s Martial Arts for 15 years in West Seattle, Washington. For three years Lisa served as the chairwoman for the American Women’s Self-Defense Association and has taught self-defense and rape prevention courses to women and girls across the country.