LISA MARIE BRIMMER

artist | facilitator |consultant
born on Peoria/Sauk and Meskwaki/Ho-Chunk (Winnebago)/Miami Land (in Wisconsin)

living on Anishinaabe/Dakota land (Minneapolis, Minnesota). 

traveling everywhere else. 

artistic biography

Lisa Marie Brimmer (they/she) is a queer, Black, adoptee theatre artist and writer. They are ​​​​co-editor of "Queer Voices of Minnesota: Poetry, Prose, and Pride" (May 2019) along with John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins.  They are a 2019 contributing poet for the quarterly Twin Cities Pride Magazine. 

Their work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues including The Guthrie Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre,  Loft Literary Center, Intermedia Arts, and Mixed Blood Theater. They have also shared their work in New York City, Washington D.C., Oakland, CA and Graz, Austria. Brimmer is a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow, and two-time recipient of the Givens Foundation Fellowship for African American Writers. They have attended VONA (Voices of Our Nation) in Minneapolis, MN and the Juniper Summer Writer's Institute in Amherst, MA. Her essays, "A case for this: the (new Black)" here and now was published by MNArtists.org and exists with "In Search of Other Mothers' Gardens" on Medium. 

Their recent theatre work includes ensemble performance at The Guthrie for "body fail body" produced by Lightning Rod curators Marcela Michelle and Kat Purcell. Thier directing has been seen on stage with 20% Theater Company with performance artist Rica de la Concha (2018) with "Morning Rituals", and the Midwestern Premiere of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's "WAAFRIKA 123". 

Their poetry has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something Zine, the anthologies Walk Towards It (Ellen Hinchcliffe), Whisked: Cooking Up Community (Camille Gage), and Fierce Lament (Red Bird Press 2018).  Thier work has been featured in media outlets such as Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News, MN Women's Press, and on air with Minnesota Public Radio, KBEM Jazz Radio and KFAI Community Radio. 

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in brief

INTERIM CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR — 2017-2018
Engaged staff and board in institutional readiness for new chapter of thirty year old non- profit community and arts organization in Minneapolis’ West Bank neighborhood with focus on Sustainability, Operations, and Organizational Cultural Development.

PROGRAMS MANAGER, INTERMEDIA ARTS — 2014-2017
Department level management of “Equity and Public Programming” and “Creative Leadership” Departments over three years. Programs extended leadership and artistic development opportunities cohort learning across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota through Bush Foundation, collaboration with The City of Minneapolis via Kresge Foundation. Literary program management of VERVE, Beyond the Pure, and Queer Voices reading series. Organizational thought leader surrounding equity and public programming and organization culture and structures.

Education

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Bachelor's Degree | Sociology and English Literature 
2008, Cum Laude

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Master's Degree | English Literature
2018, Graduate Fellow

skills & interests

  • equity, diversity, & inclusion 
  • artistic development
  • leadership development
  • strategic partnerships
  • cross sector collaboration & management
  • event planning and production
  • program management & transition
  • team building & group facilitation
  • strategic planning
  • collaborative leadership
  • program design