Lia Russell-Self


Associate Producing Director, Teaching Artist

LIA RUSSELL-SELF (Associate Producing Director and Teaching Artist) WAM Theatre: Assistant Director (Pipeline), Teaching Artist for Intergenerational Ensemble (Fractured Dreams), Teaching Artist for Teen Ensemble (Seeking Justice, What’s That Sound?), Girls Inc., Teen Ensemble at Reid Middle School (The Boy Who Cried Wolf), Assistant Stage Manager (Ann), Stage Manager (Swallow), Assistant Director (The Last Wife). Elsewhere: Lia has been dedicated to creating a change in the arts scene, one way or another. They have worked with companies locally in the Berkshires, Chatham/Hudson area, and beyond to bridge the gaps of arts, activism, and education with companies such as Flying Cloud (Great Barrington, MA) and WiseBodies (Chatham, NY).  Some of their favorite projects include: participating in a webseries about college activism (activist, Riverwolf Productions); creating scenes paralleling biblical stories with current social issues (Gospel of Justice, Eighty4 Productions) and co-founder/co-Artistic Director of Eighty4 Productions, an all-arts company dedicated to intersectionality. Directing: Pipeline (Assistant Director, WAM Theatre), Pericles (Assistant Director and Artistic Producer, the rig), The Tempest (Berkshire County Day School), The Typists and The Tiger (Director and Executive Producer, Eighty4 Productions), Disgraced (Assistant Director, Chester Theatre Company).  Stage Management: Particularly in the Heartland (Bazaar Productions), The Tempest: A Musical (GhostLit Repertory Theatre), Our Town (UBU Theatre). Acting: When Last We Flew (Real Live Theatre), The Virgin Trial, What’s That Sound? (WAM Theatre), Framing Churches (Performer/Collaborator, Ancram Opera House/Olana State Historic Site). Training: BA in Theatrical Studies and Creative Writing, Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Awards and Accolades:  Berkshire 30 under 30 artist (2018, 2020), Berkshire 40 under 40 (2020)


Teaching Artist