Remembering Lisa Banes

Remembering Lisa Banes

Lisa Banes (1955 – 2021)

The Acting Company is bereft by the passing of its treasured alumna Lisa Banes.  Lisa joined The Acting Company in 1979 after graduating from the Drama Division of The Juilliard School.  Her many leading roles with the Company include seminal productions of The White Devil directed by Michael Kahn and Elizabeth I directed by Liviu Ciulei. Lisa also was featured in Ten by Tennessee, a retrospective of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, directed by Michael Kahn, and in the New York premiere of Eric Overmyer’s On The Verge, or the Geography of Yearning directed by Garland Wright. 


In addition to her credits with The Acting Company, Lisa played leading roles at most of the leading New York theaters including the American premiere of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger at the Roundabout directed by Ted Craig, Wendy Kesselman’s My Sister in this House at Second Stage directed by Carole Rothman and Inverna Lockpez, Antigone at The Public directed by Joseph Chaikin, and The Three Sisters at The Manhattan Theatre Club directed by Lynne Meadow, where she was mostly recently in Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties directed by Kimberly Senior. On Broadway, Lisa was featured in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn, Neil Simon’s Rumors directed by Gene Saks, Accent on Youth directed by Daniel Sullivan, and Present Laughterdirected by Nicholas Martin. 


In addition to her major career in live theater, Lisa enjoyed a long and successful career in film and television.

Lisa was beloved by all of the actors with whom she worked, as well as the former and present staff and board of The Acting Company.