Lisa Pelikan is an award winning actor and director. She trained at the Juilliard School of Drama as well as with many master teachers, including Uta Hagen. Lisa made her feature film debut as the young ‘Julia’ in Fred Zinnemann’s JULIA sharing the title role with Vanessa Redgrave, her television debut as the ingénue in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of THE COUNTRY GIRL with Jason Robards and Shirley Knight, and her theatrical debut starring as ‘Wendla’ in SPRING’S AWAKENING with the Circle Repertory Theatre. For JENNIFER, Lisa received the Best Actress Award from the International Science Fiction & Horror Film Festival. Television movies include PERFECT GENTLEMAN, with Lauren Bacall, THE BEST LITTLE GIRL IN THE WORLD with Eva Marie Saint, and the miniseries, THE BEST OF FAMILIES with William Hurt. Lisa was nominated for a 2013 LA Weekly Award for her performance in Larry Kramer’s THE NORMAL HEART (Fountain Theatre), a 2012 LA Weekly Award for her performance in Enda Walsh’s THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Rogue Machine Theatre Company) and shares the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble Cast. Lisa also starred in the one-woman world premiere of ONLY A BROKEN STRING OF PEARLS (now titled ZELDA, Drama-Logue Award), and the west coast premiere of Craig Lucas’ BLUE WINDOW (LADCC Award). In New York, Lisa starred in PANACHE, (ADA Award for Best Actress in a Comedy) and the world premieres of Arthur Miller’s THE AMERICAN CLOCK, and Jim Leonard’s THE DIVINERS.
As a director, Lisa recently directed Ed Valentine’s WALK WITH BRIGHT CANDLES, Cindy Cooper’s HEAVEN SCENT, and Christopher Goutman’s FOR YOUR LOVE. She received the ADA Best Director Award for her direction of ‘NIGHT, MOTHER for which both her actors were nominated and one received the ADA Best Actress Award.