Liza Zapol is an artist and an Oral Historian. She creates sound, multimedia and performance on the themes of memory and place, using documentary methods. Liza leads the oral history project at Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. Liza consults for the Whitney Museum of American Art, where she is working on an oral history of the Whitney Education Program. For the Whitney, she has also conducted interviews and historic research about the Meatpacking District, and produced films about the Whitney Women, Vito Acconci, and others. Liza has created live performance events and audio materials for the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, The Rubin Museum, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Massachusetts General Hospital, and collaborated on theater performances with Elevator Repair Service Company.
Liza has worked with Director Julie Kline to create dynamic oral history based theater in senior centers in New York. Other theater and dance collaborations include an artists residency with iLAND and LMCC, creating interview-based artistic installations with True Body Project NYC, and co-founding the Combustibles, a physical theater company.
Liza teaches Oral History Methods at the New School for Drama. Liza has lectured at the New School Memory Conference (“The Museum as Ventriloquist: Oral History in the 9/11 Memorial Museum”), the NYCMER Conference (“Story, Memory, Fantasy: How to Gather Visitors’ Narratives and What to do Once You’ve Got Them”), and Columbia University (“Stores of Memory”). She was a lecturer for the ART CART: Saving the Legacy project, training graduate students to conduct oral histories with older artists in New York, and she produced the oral history component the ART CART exhibition at NYU. She earned a certificate in Physical Theatre from the London International School of Performing Arts, and a certificate from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. B.A. with Honors from Northwestern University. M.A. in Oral History at Columbia University.
Liza has received grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Fractured Atlas, the Puffin Foundation, the Arvon Foundation, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts. Her work at the Whitney Museum is funded by the Altman Foundation.