Alisa L Brock
Founder & Artistic Director
I’ve always been fascinated with what we don’t say and how we choose not to say it. No matter how big or small subtext is embedded in every form of human communication, and lives in the writings of every great playwright’s work, every great actor’s performance, and even in the vision of every great director. However, while this indirect communication might be the foundation of every great work created since the beginning of human existence, it doesn’t serve us when requesting feedback in the early stages of developing new work. In other words, we need direct, open and honest perspectives to fuel our advancement; and we need a safe community to receive it. A Work in Progress Theatre Company is that safe place.
Growing up in New Orleans, I started my theatre career at the age of 15, competing in the Speech Forensic League and excelling in the category of Dramatic Interpretation. There, I placed first in the city of New Orleans and top in the nation in Milwaukee Wisconsin. In 2005 I evacuated my hometown and found myself in Baltimore with very little in my pocket, holding one duffel bag that contained everything I owned. While struggling to build a new foundation after hurricane Katrina, I went on to study Urban Arts Production/ Theatre at Coppin State University and throughout the years I’ve performed in several theatres throughout Baltimore, such as, Center Stage, the 14 Karat Cabaret, Fells Point corner Theater, Arena Players, The Strand Theatre and others.
I’ve always been a writer. My mother is a journal writer and she has recorded over 50 years of her life this way and she taught me to do the same. I went on to develop this inherited skill for writing in different ways, but it wasn’t until March 2012 that I took my own words to the stage and premiered my solo play, "Make HERstory" (currently "So She Writes")at the Eubie Blake National Jazz and Cultural Center in Baltimore, MD, under the umbrella of A Work in Progress Theatre Company. After much success with this production, a fire for organizing and producing was sparked within me and I went on to produce Make HERstory at various venues throughout Baltimore, MD, at DCBTF in Washington, DC, at various BCS supported organizations in Brooklyn, NY and at the La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York, NY.
Along my journey I’ve crossed paths with some of the most phenomenal, talented and genuine theatre professionals / human beings in the industry and they have gifted me with what I've found to be the most invaluable reward; their feedback. It is my goal to create a space for other playwrights to have the same invaluable experience.