Survived adolescence by becoming a teenage mime.
Attended UCLA where I majored in modern dance and minored in sugar bingeing.
Moved back and forth across country trying to find the perfect school and trying to quit sugar.
Graduated NYU School of the Arts Dramatic Writing with honors.
Worked as an office temp by day/solo performer by night. My multi-character pieces were woven together with short super-8 movies. Played all the seat-of-the-pants venues like The Pyramid Club, The Knitting Factory, La Mama, Dixon Place, Franklin Furnace, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, CBGB’s Annex and P.S. 122. Original shows included La Maze, Arm’s Length, The Axelrods, The Doughs, Nobody’s Miss America, Chicken Soup, Three Women and a Head, Ms Diagnosis, Beyond the Fridge and How to Make Love with the Lights On. Temporary Girl was a show about a dysfunctional office family as seen through the eyes of the office temp, from the bottom rung of the corporate ladder. The show played the Edinburgh Festival and toured the US and the UK, with extended runs in Chicago, SF and London.
Wrote, co-directed and starred in TEMPORARY GIRL the movie, which Leonard Maltin called “Bright and original, with the definite ring of truth.” Played the Austin Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Chicago Alt Film Festival and American Cinemateque’s Alternative Screen. The Hollywood Reporter wrote “Temporary Girl is a showcase for the multi-talented Lisa Kotin…The energy level is high and the cast is as fearless as Kotin, who plays the crisis-plagued lead with equal parts starchy confidence and frayed abandon…Rarely these days do we get the kind of classic screen comedian role for a woman that Kotin attempts here, using the formula that has served funny men from Charlie Chaplin to Adam Sandler so well.” Temporary Girl was sold to Genius Pictures and is available on Netflix.
Then my mom died, and everything stopped. Including performing – because I’d lost my biggest fan. I started writing. About sugar. What it had done to me, and what I’d done with it. How it’s been a constant in my life from my earliest memory. How I’ve tried and tried to quit with no success. Macrobiotics. Minerals. Vitamins. Therapy. Men. More vitamins. More therapy. More men. How could something so sweet and so pretty be so destructive? Thus was born my first narrative memoir.
MY CONFECTION: ODYSSEY OF A SUGAR ADDICT will be published in the fall 2016 by Beacon Press.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Moss (Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us) called the manuscript “absorbing, compelling and soul-baring at its best.”
Now developing a series of short (1-2 minute) vlogs entitled True Confections about my sugar addiction.