Lisa Warrington appointed ONZM

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Posted By: David O'Donnell
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Date Posted: Tue, 25 Jun 2024
Lisa Warrington appointed ONZM
ADSA Life Member Lisa Warrington has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to theatre and education in the 2024 King’s Birthday honours. Lisa moved from Australia to Ōtepoti/Dunedin in 1981 to take up a position as the sole theatre lecturer at the University of Otago. She taught at Otago for 37 years, retiring as Associate Professor of Theatre in 2018. Lisa inspired generations of students many of whom made successful careers in theatre and on screen. Simultaneously she became one of New Zealand’s most prolific theatre directors, directing over 130 productions to date and winning multiple awards. From 1986-91 she was Associate Director of Dunedin’s professional theatre The Fortune and co-founded the professional theatre collective WOW! Productions. Lisa is a champion of New Zealand theatre, directing and dramaturging new plays, writing books and countless articles, and running the legendary Lunchtime Theatre programme at the university’s Allen Hall Theatre.

She occupied many positions in ADSA over several decades, including as long-time New Zealand reviews editor and then Principal Advisory Editor (NZ) of the ADS journal, and won the Rob Jordan Prize in 2018 for her co-authored book Floating Islanders: Pasifika Theatre in Aotearoa. One of Lisa’s greatest achievements has been establishing the Theatre Aotearoa database in 2004, which lists over 20,000 productions from 1840 to the present day. The entire Theatre Aotearoa database is currently being migrated to AusStage so it will continue to be an essential resource for the study of the theatre of Aotearoa for generations to come. On behalf of the membership and the wider discipline, the ADSA Board congratulates Lisa on her ONZM and thanks her for many decades of inspirational service to the theatre of Aotearoa, Australia, and the Pacific.    

David O’Donnell