Liza Balkan


Liza Balkan an actor, opera and theatre director, librettist, writer, and educator. She has written text for works produced by Tapestry Opera, Bicycle Opera Project, Opera McGill,  Brooklyn Art Song Society ( NYC) Scrag Mountain Music (Vermont) and Five Borough Songbook 2 (NYC).  Liza has written the text for her verbatim-based song cycle, So how’s it been?, coming this summer at the outdoor Here for Now  New Works Festival in Stratford Ont. Through a multi–year residency at the Theatre Centre, she developed her documentary /verbatim project about policing, use of force, mental health,  accountability and the law entitled Out the Window. The show was first produced at TTC in 2012 and received a production at Toronto’s International Luminato Festival in 2018. Liza directed the Canadian Premiere of composer Louis Andriessen’s Anais Nin(RCM /Koerner Hall’s 21C Festival), El Gato con Botas and Berio’s Folk Songs (RCM/ Glenn Gould School) Opera Briefs for Tapestry,  Bicycle Opera Project’s summer tours, and Opera Laurier’s production of Stephanie Martin and Paul Cuifo’s LLandovery Castle. She also directed one of Toronto’s first site-specific operas, Opera on the Rocks in at Pauper’s Pub on Bloor Street in 2008. Other recent directing credits include Much Ado about Nothing for CanadianStages’ Shakespeare in High Park and Every Brilliant Thing at Grand Theatre London. Liza has performed in multiple productions across Canada and in the US, receiving a Dora Award for her performance in Theresa Tova’s Still The Night (Theatre Passe Muraille/Tapestry).