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 certified united stunt person 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 a certified stunt person. She 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 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 will be appearing on the feature film “Woodstock or Bust” with Willow Shields (from “Hunger Games”) and Meg DeLacy ( from “The Fosters”) coming out this spring, and also the TV show “Wonderland Murders” that will be 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 the proud owner of Lee’s Martial Arts 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.
I am one of the co-founders of Playhouse Northwest. As an actor, I love to express the real human experience through storytelling, and I love the ability to connect with people on a human level through creating something that is powerful and entertaining. I am professionally trained in Meisner and have been acting professionally since 2005. I trained at the Seattle Acting School under JD Coburn for 6 years, as well as Playhouse West in Los Angeles. I have gone through the Meisner progression and believe in this rich and intriguing process towards the craft of acting. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA. My projects range from Film, TV, Web Series, Industrial, Commercials, and Stage. Representation includes the Los Angeles, Vancouver BC, Seattle, and Portland markets. My mission is to be a successful artist who inspires other artists in my community to passionately pursue their dreams and goals with a tenacious spirit. I deliver a rich, intriguing, real-life experience to any role. I am passionate about connecting with my partner on an emotional level and leaving the audience captivated.