As a producer, director, performer, writer, and stage manager, Lia Russell Self is 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 the rig (Lee, MA), Flying Cloud (Great Barrington, MA), and Bazaar Productions (West Stockbridge, MA). Some of their favorite projects include: devising with young artists about modern protesting and social politics (Seeking Justice and What’s That Sound?, WAM Theatre); assistant producing a web series about college activism (activist, Riverwolf Productions); and creating scenes paralleling biblical stories with current social issues (Gospel of Justice, Eighty4 Productions). Lia holds a BA in Theatrical Studies and Creative Writing from Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
As someone who devotes their life to making a change through the arts, WAM has continuously fueled me to think creatively about what we can do as artists to question and activate change in our world. Every WAM show is another opportunity to collaborate and support organizations doing the work to illuminate and spark the necessary and important conversations for diversifying our theatre community.