B.S., Emerson College; M.A., Lesley College
Lois P. RoachSenior Lecturer in Theatre Studies
Passionate about developing and presenting creative works for the stage and film, bringing performance opportunities to artists of all ages, and producing community-focused events.
I love teaching young artists to write and perform through my Theatre Studies classes: oral interpretation, the introduction to playwriting and speaking truth to power. My goal is to give students skills and tools that cross industries - the ability to listen with respect and empathy and to foster leadership, constructive criticism and creativity.
I am a writer and award winning stage director and producer. I am currently working on 3 screenplays set in Boston. My play “Living On..” is under agreement with Samuel French and has been performed around the country. Other plays, “Mothers of Gods, Mothers of War” and the Company One production of “The Emancipation of Mandy and Miz Ellie,” were premiered at the Boston Center for Arts.
As a stage director, I received the IRNE Best Director Award for the Lyric Stage production of “The Old Settler” which also received the IRNE Award for Best Production and the Elliot Norton Award for Best Production (Small Theater). In addition to the Lyric, I have worked with the Black Folks Theatre Company, the New Rep; and I directed the critically acclaimed “ARTiculation” for Company One Theatre, the Opera Providence, RI premiere of “Treemonisha,” by Scott Joplin and “Hey Sistah, Welcome Home,” with deaf poet Ayisha Knight-Shaw. I most recently directed “Sonia Flew,” by Melinda Lopez for the Wellesley Rep Theater.
In 2009, Company One Theatre honored me by establishing The Lois Roach Theatre Community Award, which is presented annually to individuals in recognition of outstanding commitment to the Boston theatre community.
Creating socially relevant performance pieces for large-scale community events has allowed me to expose new audiences to the impact of theater. For the 25th anniversary of Casa Myrna Vazquez, a shelter for battered women, I wrote and directed a one-woman piece for Phylicia Rashad. “Borderlands,” took me to Northern Ireland to develop an original work about creating peace with women from the Catholic and Protestant communities. The Partnership’s 20th anniversary focused on the power of diversity and inclusion. For Northeastern University, I directed a showcase of “Ascendance: Movement One,” by Ed Bullins and Pat Patrick for then Mass. Governor Deval Patrick and First Lady Diane Patrick.
As the former Director of Public Affairs for WBZ-TV and Radio, I received an Emmy award for spots written and produced about AIDS. I also served as coordinating producer for public service campaigns such as “Stop The Violence” and “Time To Care.” For 16 years, I was a live event producer with First Night Boston. Throughout my career, I have been a Visiting Artist and now Senior Lecturer in the Theatre Studies Department of Wellesley College for over 20 years.
You serve no one by being small. I believe “NO” is the gift that gets you to yes and there are no mistakes.