Liza Jessie Peterson (C'89)

Liza Peterson, an “artivist”, has been steadfast in her commitment to incarcerated populations for over two decades. Her one-woman show, The Peculiar Patriot, premiered at the National Black Theater in Harlem for two separate runs, garnering rave reviews from The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Time Out NY. The Peculiar Patriot now tours nationally after being awarded a generous grant from Agnes Gund’s prestigious Art For Justice Fund. During the early years, she performed The Peculiar Patriot in over 35 penitentiaries in a self-funded U.S. tour for 4+ years.

Peterson is the author of All Day: A Year of Love and Survival Teaching Incarcerated Kids at Rikers Island, was featured in Ava Duvernay’s Emmy Award-winning documentary, 13th, and was a consultant on Bill Moyer’s documentary, Rikers.

Peterson has also written several plays, including Down The Rabbit Hole, currently in residency at the Flynn Theater in Vermont and Sistahgurls And The Squirrel, in development at both the Lark and Manhattan Theater Club in New York.

She has appeared in several feature films: Love The Hard Way, Bamboozled, A Drop Of Life, and What About Me. She can be seen in an upcoming webseries, A Luv Tale, produced by Sidra Smith and directed by Kay Oyegun.