Recognized by the Huffington Post as “One of Fourteen Artists that are Transforming Opera”, Lisa E. Harris is a creator. This Texas based producer of many talents lists new opera composer/ performer, filmmaker, singer/ songwriter, writer, educator, community organizer, environmental transformist and Mother Earth advocate as some of the work that she does. Voices Breaking Boundaries recently honored her as a recipient of the 2015 Valiante Award, which is given to artists and activists who reflect the organization’s passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art. (Past recipients include Mel Chin, Ruben Martinez, Bapsi Sidhwa, Patti Smith and more.) She is currently performing Work Songs by Jason and Alicia Hall Moran at the 52nd Venice Biennial. In 2007, Harris founded Studio Enertia, a mixed media production company, with longstanding collaborator Alisha B. Wormsley and in 2013 began the artists run and operated Studio Enertia Artist Residency Program in Houston, with sister branches in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn. Harris and Wormsley were the 2014 guest artists in residence at both the Art League Houston and Studio XX in Montreal, premiering and remounting a retrospective exhibition PROOF, recently seen at the HTMLLES Festival for Women in Digital Media(Montreal), Zero Future.
A collaborative artist with Jason Moran presents A Fats Waller Dance Party, Harris is a featured vocalist along with Meshell N’degecello on the Grammy nominated album All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller. Museum performances include Combatant Status Review Tribunals at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the 2012 Los Angeles Biennial with collaborator Kenyatta C. Hinkle’s Kentifrica Is. Lisa was also seen and heard with Run Mary, Run by Rashida Bumbray and the Dance Diaspora Collective in the Morans’ BLEED at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, a performance which was lauded as one of the “Best Concerts of 2012” by the NY Times. She is a twice recipient of the Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance, supporting the creation of her ongoing work, “CRY OF THE THIRD EYE”, a new opera film in three acts about identity and gentrification in Third Ward Houston Texas. She is the inaugural Artist in Residence of Freehold Art Exchange in Freehold, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include the performative installation “ No Matter How Hard I Try I Can’t Look The Same As I Did Yesterday” and “Seven Doors”, a series on meditation, hymns, and chakras. Harris attained a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Mannes College and a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music. She is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and is on voice faculty at the Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre. Harris is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.