Lisa Biggs is an award-winning theatre/dance artist, performance scholar and activist. A Chicago-native, she has been developing and presenting new performance works for almost twenty years. Her current research uses performance studies approaches to uncover and articulate how contemporary legal and penal systems enact criminalization, incarceration and rehabiltiaiton, with a special focus on the impact of theatre and dance programs for women behind bars in the US and in South Africa.  Lisa  is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, where she offers courses in Performance Studies and Theatre in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. She is a former member of the Washington, DC based Living Stage Theater Company, one of the preeminent theatre for social change programs in the USA, and a founding member of Medusa Speaks: An Artists’ Collective.