My name is Lisa Marie Brimmer and I am a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and arts based community organizer. I am currently reviewing requests for facilitation, executive coaching, and project management as a freelance collaborative contractor yet in 2018 and into 2019.

artistic production

current projects

In November 2018, Brimmer directed the midwestern premeire of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's Waafrika 123 with20% Theatre Company (w/ Assistant Director Julia Nekessa Opoti). See reviews from Talkin' Broadway  & Compendium

Her essays, A case for this: the (new Black) here and now was published by and exists with In Search of Other Mothers' Gardens on Medium. 

on page and stage

Currently, Brimmer is a co-editor of Queer Voices of Minnesota: Poetry, Prose. and Pride (MNHS PRESS 2019). This anthology of queer poetry and prose reflecting the LGBTQIA+ writer community in Minnesota is co-edited by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins.  

Her work 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). 

Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues, in Washington DC  and a few in Wisconsin. Brimmer is a two time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow. Brimmer presented at Split This Rock! in 2018, and performed at AWP in 2017. 

She attended VONA (Voices of Our Nation) at Minneapolis' Loft Literary Center in 2017. Her directing has been seen on stage with 20% Theater Company with performance artist Rica de la Concha (2018). Her work has been featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News, MN Women's Press , and on the air with Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI. 


Graduate Fellow University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
MA English Literature 2018

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
BA Sociology and English Literature 2008

perspective statement

My work has commonly undergirded pilot projects and teams in transition at the program, departmental, and organizational levels. I have experience in event mangagement, conflict resolution, and strategic partnerships.

Most recently, I served in a short term collaborative role as Interim Co-Executive Director role with Neal Cuthbert (McKnight Foundation) in Minneapolis' Cedar Riverside Neighborhood at The Cedar Cultural Center. ​

Past experience includes pilot projects and innovation in programming for Intermedia Arts and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts. 


  1. I work with non profit and for profit organizations on strategic, community based, design and transformation from business models to program planning.
    Strategic Consulting
  2. In the past I have partnered with various sized non-profit organizations like The Cedar (Interim Co-Executive Director), Intermedia Arts (Creative Leadership and Equity and Public Programs Department Managers), and The Ordway Center for Performing Arts (Arts Access Manager).
    Arts and Community Development
  3. I have been a practicing performance artist since 2008. I am a writer, a spoken word poet, theater artist, and director.
    Artistic Collaboration