Bio

I’m Lisa Temple, and as an actress I’m able to tell tall stories in a single bound. My goal is to play brave characters full of heart. You might say I’m a Lawyer, Teacher, Cupcake Baker!

 

Watch for me as Judge Erin Engel in the new Shondaland TV Show, For The People (Britt Robertson is a joy!). And you may have seen me in Masters Of Sex (Lizzy Caplan came to my aid), The Newsroom (got to shake hands with Aaron Sorkin!), and Boston Legal (James Spader inspired me so much).

 

My film credits include several maternal types (including a plague-stricken mother and a Senator’s wife), roles I can totally embrace – just ask my husband. My fav role is Penny Ingram, the compassionate boss in The Fortune Theory, a film starring Evan Williams and John Terry. But I also have a quirky streak: watch me as a wacky chem teacher in the award-winning Incest! The Musical, a fun cross between Grease and High School Musical.

 

Currently coaching privately with Amy Jo Berman and Christy Faison, I’m learning so much about audition techniques and how the casting process works. These amazing ladies help me interpret the script, find the hidden gems that are often missed, and offer rare tips from a casting perspective. Absolutely invaluable!

 

I always wanted to perform Shakespeare, so I took a five-week Intensive Program at Theatricum Botanicum in Los Angeles, really digging into the language and character work. It was a great experience playing the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Goneril in King Lear. For four years in Chicago, I studied Meisner Technique at Center Theater with Dan LaMorte and Dale Calandra. I also completed a year-long Intensive with Steven Ivcich, taking three classes a week. So thankful for those Chicago years, which helped me build a strong foundation for my acting career.

 

Big city living is definitely for me, despite the fact that I grew up as a cowgirl barrel racing at the local rodeo! Happily spent my school years riding my favorite Quarter Horse, Candy Girl, as well as playing sports and cheerleading. My husband and I even wrote a book about the whole experience: it’s a humorous and poignant memoir about growing up in a small Midwestern farm town. It’s called Caution Light On Hwy 37 and is available on Amazon – to learn more just click on the title!

 

My husband and I are huge tennis fans, and we dream of visiting each Grand Slam Tournament around the world. We’re so happy for Serena Williams on her amazing career, winning her 23rd Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, and her new baby girl! Can’t wait to see where Serena goes from here!!

 

My recent stage credits include the wonderful role of Beth in Ordinary People, which is a challenging and emotional roller coaster ride. Before that I created the role of Sally Sullivan for the Web Series Moonbound24, which won Best Web Content at the 2017 Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival. Up next for me is the role of Martha (a mom, of course!), in a new musical my husband has written called Sentient: A Robotic Musical. We hope to take it to the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Stay tuned!