Lisa Diana Shapiro

Lisa Diana Shapiro (writer/actor) is book and lyric writer of Samantha Spade, Ace Detective (music by Georgia Stitt) and Princess Phooey (music by Eric Rockwell) both commissioned and produced at TADA! Youth Theater in New York. Samantha Spade, Ace Detective was named National Youth Arts Best New Musical, and is now licensed through Concord Theatricals. Lisa’s short film, Slingin’ The Slang (based on Samantha Spade, Ace Detective) can be seen at Lisa’s new musical, Common Ground, about undocumented teen immigrants living in New York in 2018-19 during the immigration crackdown, premieres at TADA! in 2024. The song “Superhero” from Common Ground recently premiered at the TYA/USA national conference.

Award-winning non-musical plays include Labor Pains, a Comedy in Nine Months; . . . and Into the Fire; Aces Wild; and the high-school tour show The End of the Story. Lisa’s screenplays have finaled and placed in prestigious screenwriting competitions, including American Zoetrope, CineStory, and the Chesterfield Fellowship. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and a graduate of the Northwestern University theatre program. More at:,,