Dr. Lisa Donovan

Professor, Fine and Performing Arts

Lisa Donovan
(413) 662-5581
Bowman Hall Rm 322D

About me

Lisa Donovan, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. A theater artist, educator, administrator and researcher. Before joining MCLA Lisa was  the Director of the Creative Arts in Learning Division at Lesley University. She has a broad range of experience in a variety of arts organizations including: Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Opera Company, Barrington Stage Company, University of Massachusetts Department of Theater, as well as Boston University's Theater, Visual Arts, and Tanglewood Institutes. She was formerly the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education, has served as co-principal investigator of a research project funded by the Ford Foundation that focused on teachers' perspectives on the relevance of arts integration. Lisa has taught internationally in Japan and Israel, and throughout the United States. She is co-editor of a new book series on arts integration published by Shell Education including Integrating the Arts Across the Content Areas (2012), Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Mathematics (2013) and Strategies to Integrate the Arts in English Language Arts (2013)


Leveraging Change book coverDacey, L. & Donovan, L. (2013). Strategies for Integrating Mathematics and the Arts. Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.[MDC1]

Bogard, J. & Donovan, L (2013). Strategies for Integrating English Language Arts and the Arts. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

Donovan, L. & Brown, M. (2017). Leveraging Change: Increasing Access to Arts Education in Rural Areas. Working paper funded by a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact Grant.

Donovan, L. & Pascale, L. (2012). Integrating the arts across the content areas. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

Bogard, J. & Creegan-Quinquis, M. (2013). Strategies for Integrating Social Studies and the Arts. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

Diaz, G., Smiley, S., Poey, V. & Weber, N. (2103). Strategies for Integrating Science and the Arts. Dacey. L & Donovan, L. (Eds.) Huntington Beach, CA: Shell Education.

Donovan, L. (2005). Rehearsing life: Exploring alternatives and possibilities through theater, In Powell & Marcow-Speiser (Eds.) Little Signs of Hope: Art and Social Change. New York: Peter Lang.

Donovan, L. (2004). Making the aesthetic experience accessible in the classroom: Unlocking language for understanding, In McKenna & Diaz (Eds.) Teaching for aesthetic experience: The art of learning. New York: Peter Lang.

Glass, D. and Donovan, L. (2017). Chapter 3: Using Curriculum Design Frameworks for Arts Integration. In Mckenna, M. and Diaz, G. (Eds.) Preparing Educators for Arts Integration: Placing Creativity at the Center of Learning. Teachers College Press.

Office hours
spring 2024

Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 - 10:30
Wednesday 11-12 (via teams)
or by appointment