Recent Work

Exploring the Legacy of the Meatpacking District

Whitney Stories features my research in the Meatpacking District for the Whitney Museum, and a film I produced about artist Tom Otterness. Check it out by clicking here!

10. January 2014

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Press on “Seniors and the City”


The Brooklyn Rail discusses my work with Julie Kline: creating an expressive, oral history approach to theater with seniors.

The Theater of Aging: Lighting a SPARC, by Larissa Lury


23. September 2013

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, News, Performance

Photofilm for MGH: A Few More Breaths

Every 15 seconds, a child dies from malaria.

I edited and produced this photofilm about the effects of cerebral malaria, and medical trials in Uganda to help prevent these deaths.


Selected Credits

Produced by: Liza Zapol and Jon Lowenstein
Photography: Jon Lowenstein/ NOOR
Commissioned by: Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Critical Care Research and the MGH Center for Global Health, Boston, 2013.


My dream is to see malaria eradicated completely, but before that happens we can’t let children continue to die. We have to make sure that those who get the disease get healed completely and also when they get better they don’t have sequelae, that they live a complete life, and be useful citizens to the country and to the world at large.

For me that’s my dream.”

—Dr. Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire


11. June 2013

Categories: Multimedia, See My Work

Skowhegan Oral History Project

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, in Maine, discuss the oral history project I have been conducting since 2011. See pages 13-14 of the newsletter!

30. December 2012

Categories: Audio / Oral Histories, Current Commissions

Oral History Association Conference


I presented at the OHA Conference on Creative Collaborations Between Oral Historians and Museums, focusing on my work with the Tenement Museum and the Whitney Museum.

PANEL:  ”Masters of Oral History: Columbia University OHMA Students Using Oral History.”

Cleveland Marriott at Key Center, Salon C, October 13, 8:30-10am

I particularly liked the theme of the conference this year
Sing It Out, Shout It Out, Say It Out Loud: Giving Voice through Oral History”  focusing on the transformation of oral histories into other forms.


25. November 2012

Categories: News, See My Work

Meet the SPARC Seniors

From top left, clockwise: Beverley Hagaman, William M. Corbett, Joseph Karp, Helen Klass, Joan Davis, Libby Lesher, Alan McElroy, Charles K. Emma. From Seniors Partnering With Artists Citywide project, sponsored by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Sample from this Project

10. September 2012

Categories: Performance
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My ongoing work with the Whitney Museum, facilitating conversations and conducting oral histories in the Meatpacking District, was featured in the Whitney Museum Education Blog.

21. May 2012

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LMCC SPARC Senior Performance Project

Participating senior Charles Emma shows plans from his work as an engineer

Collaborating with director Julie Kline in an LMCC granted “Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide” performance project.

What: Seniors and the City: Stories of New York

When: Residency is four months. Performances will be held Friday, June 15 at 7pm & Saturday, June 16 at 2pm

Where: Senior Center at Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

28. April 2012

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Radio: Paramedic Humor


A brief piece about the weird and wacky humor of a NYC paramedic, James Dobson.


Interview: Repurposed sound from an oral history conducted by Gerry Albarelli for the 9/11 Oral History Project at Columbia University.
Produced by Sarah Loose and Liza Zapol, for Radio Off the Dial.


Sometimes we tell our humor and people don’t get it. They’re like, “That ain’t too funny.” And to us it’s funny.

28. February 2012

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Featured on The Metropolitan Museum Website

My Multimedia Project, September 11, 2011 at The Metropolitan Museum, was featured on the homepage of The Metropolitan Museum website for over a week, a site which gets 40,000,000 visitors a year!

Here’s what the website says:

Zapol’s film reveals the role of the Museum as a place for individuals to remember, to contemplate, to seek meaning and solace in works of art, and, ultimately, to come together.

Watch the piece by clicking here

02. February 2012

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