Lisa Cordes is the Artist INC Professional Development Program Director. She has been a member of the Kansas City arts community for more than 25 years, working as an artist, administrator, and educator. For the past decade she has served in administrative leadership positions at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.
In 2010, she was a recipient of a Charlotte Street Rocket Grant and an ArtsKC Inspiration grant for the development and performances of her play, Prop 8 On Trial, and was a resident artist at the Fishtank Performance Studio. As a playwright, her work has been produced by theaters across the country. Locally, she has produced many of her own plays and written several plays commissioned by The Coterie Theater, including scripts for their award-winning Dramatic AIDS Education Project that has now served over 100,000 young people.
Cordes has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Charlotte Street Foundation, and has consulted and written for the President's Committee on the Arts. Currently, she considers herself a freelance theater artist, writer, and recovering arts executive.