Liza Barskaya has been an active dancer, choreographer and stage director primarily based in Los Angeles and previously in New York City and Austin, TX. She received her early dance training throughout the greater Los Angeles area and spent summers training with American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and Ballet Austin where she spent two seasons as a Professional Division Trainee. Liza has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Ballet Austin, Benita Bike’s DanceArt, Los Angeles Choreographers and Dancers, The Assembly, Evan Rosenblatt and Dancers, Rappaport Dance, Dances Patrelle, American Swiss Ballet, Homo Veritas Dance Theatre, Independent Opera Company and Mesopotamian Opera Company.
She was a member of the performance tour and filming of John Tesh’s “Alive: Music and Dance”. Her media work also includes Red Hot Organization’s “Master Mix: Red Hot+Arthur Russell”, Darling Media’s “Self(i.e.)”, Emelia Austin’s “Desire to Reveal” and Surf Curse’s music video “Disco” in which she both choreographed and starred. In 2015 Liza was among the original six selected to create and present a performance piece for Upper Manhattan’s Higher Ground Festival where she directed and choreographed an adaptation of Khalil Gibron’s “The Prophet.” The following year she choreographed the musical “I Love You Because”, presented by the Red Brick Road Theatre Company and Endeavor Theatre Ensemble.
Liza has been working with Independent Opera Company since 2015. She directed Menotti’s “The Medium” and Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice.” She has choreographed productions including Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and “Queen of Spades”, Smetana’s “The Bartered Bride”, Rameau’s “Pigmalion” and Rachmaninov’s “Aleko”. Liza is currently in her fourth season with Benita Bike’s DanceArt Company and teaches ballet lessons throughout the greater Los Angeles area.