Kaleva Talent

Women's Stories  Women's Voices

Liisa Spink is an advocate for artistic voices. In the UK, she worked at DanceXchange where she helped produce and tour works from Enrique Cabrera, Luca Silvistrini, and Rose Gordon. At the Royal Shakespeare Company Liisa worked for the World Shakespeare Festival, working with artists in 6 continents and 36 countries to produce and tour work looking at the relevance of Shakespeare in the modern world.  

In the United States, she served as Executive Director for the Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Idaho, Managing Director for the Cornish Playhouse, and at the Seattle Children's Theatre. She has been an advocate for arts education at city, state and national levels and has authored several papers and articles on the importance of arts education for all youth. She has been awarded a Children and Young People NOW Award by the UK Minister for Education, Gold Shield Award by the President of UCLA, UCLA Student of the Year award by the UCLA Dean, UCLA Woman of the Year award by the Women's Study Program, and has been nominated for a British Broadcast award for her work with the BBC. 

Liisa graduated from UCLA with degrees in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and English Literature and holds a MA in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Liisa started Kaleva Talent in 2017 for the purpose of advocating for stories told by womxn.