With her powerful Broadway tone and love for acting, Lisa Symonds has shined in the spotlight her entire life. Her dream of performing drove her through the toughest times of her life while becoming a young, single parent of a child on the autism spectrum. Her positivity and wild energy has concluded in many people dubbing her a "love magnet". Having been classically trained by many voice instructors, her ability to educate voice technique and using her cheerleader-like excitement to teach confidence are her strongest suits. Working for amplifi (Adaptive Music Programs for Life) has given her the opportunity to work with individuals with different abilities, therefore her gift of patience and understanding is passed along to all of her learners. Getting students that are labeled "non verbal" to vocalize is a miracle that has arisen during many of her lessons.
Having started out as a child, Lisa starred in roles both in and out of school. She even named her cat Shakespeare! But continued education, is always key. Lisa was taught in an unorthodox way, by throwing herself into the happenings around her. Auditioning way \u201Cout of her league\u201D and getting the part occured over and over.
Working for Dramatic Entertainment Company of Boston as a late teen offered her opportunities like no other. Balancing multiple productions at once taught her how to juggle script memorization, vocal brilliance, and audition processes within hours of one another. Here she played \u201CEthel\u201D in Moon Over Buffalo, \u201CQueen\u201D in Cinderella and performed \u201CTurn Back Ol’ Man\u201D in Godspell. A few of her favorite roles have been \u201CRonette\u201D in Little Shops of Horrors and \u201CAnnie\u201D in Chicago, both performed with Voices of Hope on the North Shore Music Theater stage, along with \u201CMayor’s Wife\u201D in Bye Bye Birdie at the Chevalier Theatre. As an adult you may have seen her perform at Polcari’s in Saugus on a Saturday night, or with the Winton Club belting out "One Night Only" as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls. This summer she directed Musical Theatre at Real Jams Academy, and is looking forward to enhancing voices here at The Real School of Music.
Lisa Marie Symonds (formerly Follo) had the role of "Carla" (Attendant) in the film Title to Murder starring Maureen McCormick, Christopher Atkins and was directed by the late Steven Furst!