Lisa Mann

    Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts



    Lisa Mann teaches a range of hand-made animation techniques, stop-motion, and animation seminar. She recently developed a master class “Cinematic and Media-based Installations” which teaches the art of site-specific, immersive cinematic exhibitions for galleries, buildings, objects, and public spaces.

    As Exhibitions Director of Hench-DADA, Lisa manages and produces all student screenings, gallery exhibitions, workshops, and special events. Since 2006, Lisa has produced the annual Hench-DADA student showcase First Frame at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood. In 2013, she organized the prestigious International Society of Animation Studies (SAS) annual 3-day conference “Redefining Animation.”
    Over the last several years, she has project managed many USC Visions & Voices events including the upcoming “I Know You Are But What Am I?”: The Artists Behind Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, as well as past events: Single Wing Turquoise Bird, Kathy Rose: New Media and Performance Artist, PiKA PiKA! Light Animation, Colombian Avant-Garde Animation, and Animated Spaces | Animated Bodies.

    Lisa has overseen the installation of several SCA gallery exhibitions including DreamWorlds–Behind The Scenes: Production Art From DreamWorks Animation, CINEMATIC-INTER-ACTIONS: CTAN 592 Cinematic And Media-Based Installations, and Flipped Out Animation! a flipbook show. In 2012, she produced and curated a year of Hench-DADA projection and installation programming at Hench-DADA’s downtown LA temporary art space, USC Windows. In 2005, she organized Bike-In Movies as part of the USC 125th Anniversary Celebration. This event featured a two-night, outdoor retrospective screening of DADA student and faculty animation.

    Lisa’s art practice consists of site-specific installations, performances, large-scale sculptures, and experimental films exploring topical social issues including the NRA and homelessness, and domestic violence. Her community-based project ROTO PASADENA received a “National Endowment for the Arts My Pasadena” grant for a series of rotoscoped interviews projected onto Pasadena’s Civic Center buildings in August 2016.

    Lisa has received several artist grants from the City of Pasadena Division of Cultural Affairs, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and an Annenberg Foundation Independent Media Fellowship. She is a board member of NewTown Foundation, an artist-run organization presenting visual, media, and sonic art exhibitions in a variety of untraditional venues. She is a founding member of M.A.M.A. (Mother Artists Making Art.)