Eight-time Emmy Award–winning producer, writer, and director Roynn Lisa Simmons has produced documentaries, docudramas, and entertainment specials for regional and national public television.
Her recent honors include an Emmy Award for Orphan Orca: Saving Springer and a Gracie Award for Religion and Politics: An American Challenge.
In her most recent project, Naked, Simmons creates a reality-TV-style documentary that blends social issues, art, and humor as Meredith Gray struggles with breast cancer and insurance issues. The program was aired on Lifetime.
Mark Twain’s Neighborhood: Nook Farm aired nationally as a companion documentary to Ken Burns’s Mark Twain and won both a Telly and an Emmy. Witness to Freedom, shot in 1994 during the historic all-race elections in South Africa, won a Bronze Award at Worldfest Houston, the largest film festival in the world. One Last Bet, broadcast nationally in the United States and Australia, won the National Media Award from the National Organization for Problem Gambling. Documentaries on the environment, Islands of New England and Rivers, received Associated Press Awards.
Through her production company Fingerpost Productions, Simmons creates television programs that inform, educate, and entertain. She has just finished producing a short documentary for the National Park Service and is working on two museum videos for the Oliver Hazard Perry Education at Sea Program.
Lisa Simmons teaches Careers in Media at Middlesex Community College during the fall semester. She also spent time as the Center for New Media’s Recruitment and Placement Coordinator.
EDUCATION: B.A., IMMACULATE HEART COLLEGE; M.A., UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT