Lisa Barnes

Lisa Barnes

Actor, Acting Teacher and Screenwriter

Honolulu, Hawaii

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January 2015
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About Lisa

After 20 years in NY and 10 in LA, I moved to Hawaii for a guy. Been here 5 years. I go back to NY to perform in various plays, films and readings as much as possible, and love being somewhat Bi-Continental. Recently, I co-starred in the multiple film festival awarded "Under The Blood Red Sun", as well as another multiple award-winning independent film "The Haumana" and "Hawaii 5-0." I played the lead in "A Cat's Tale," which is making the festival circuit now. I shoot another co-starring role on Hawaii 5-0 this week! (August, 2016), and I teach "Audition Tune-Up" here on Oahu so the actors here can get comfortable auditioning for camera. I also have created and am creating documentary theatre projects here, as well as in New York. Aloha!

Unique traits: I love cold weather and snow and to be crazy busy... yet live in Hawaii ?


  • A Cat's Tale

    A Cat's Tale (2015)
    Film (Comedy) Actress A neurotic spinster, Carla, fights with her slovenly brother over whether to prolong the life of their decrepit Cat, which holds the key to riches and redemption from vile secrets.

  • Under the Blood-Red Sun

    Under the Blood-Red Sun (2014)
    Film (Drama, Family and History) Actress December 7, 1941 - On a Sunday morning, TOMIKAZU (TOMI) NAKAJI and his best friend BILLY DAVIS are playing baseball in a field near their homes in Hawaii when the Japanese launch a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. As Tomi looks up and recognizes the Blood-Red Sun emblem on the fighter planes, he knows that his life has changed forever. Soon, his father and grandfather, both Japanese Americans, are arrested and taken to internment camps. His mother loses her job because she is Japanese. Although Tomi feels frightened and ashamed of his native land, he is quickly forced to become the man of the family. "Under the Blood-Red Sun" is an unforgettable tale of courage, honor, survival and friendship. Written by Anonymous

  • The Haumana

    The Haumana (2013)
    Film (Drama) Actress Jonny Kealoha is the charismatic host of a struggling Waikiki Polynesian lū`au show. To everyone's surprise, including his own, he is appointed as the successor to a high school boy's hula class when his former Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) passes away. He becomes as much a student as a teacher through the demands of leading the boys to a significant cultural event and rediscovers the sanctity of the culture he had previously abandoned.

  • Hawaii Five-0

    Hawaii Five-0 (2013)
    Television (Action, Crime and Drama) Actress Steve McGarrett comes to Hawaii to avenge his father's death but when the governor offers his own task force, he accepts. He picks up team members on the way, Danny Williams, the head detective on his father's case, Chin Ho Kelly, a former HPD Detective who was fired for accused corruption and McGarrett's father's old patrol partner, Kono Kalakaua, a Cadet at the Police Academy who's 1 week from graduating, and Captain Lou Grover, a former Chicago PD Head of SWAT.

  • Cayman Went

    Cayman Went (2009)
    Film (Drama and Family) Actress Cayman Went is the story of Josh Anders, a fading Hollywood underwater action star whose life takes on new meaning when he's forced to spend time with the eccentric, endearing inhabitants of Cayman Brac and their local dive community.

  • Vanish

    Vanish (2008)
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  • Canterbury's Law

    Canterbury's Law (2008)
    Television (Drama) Actress A television series centered on Elizabeth Canterbury, a tough-minded defense attorney who isn't afraid to push boundaries in order to protect innocent clients.

  • My African Giraffe

    My African Giraffe (2006)
    Film (Short and Drama) Actress "My African Giraffe" tells the story of Adam, a seemingly well meaning boy who is in search of that extra little gift from his grandmother. His journey takes him to his grandmother's house where he startles his grandmother by showing up without his mother. What Grandma doesn't know is that she is in for a lot more than she bargained for. Along the way this dark fable touches on the notions of greed and materialism in contemporary society while showing us Grandma's emotional and financial bankruptcy. Written by Anonymous

  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury

    Law & Order: Trial by Jury (2005)
    Television (Crime, Drama and Mystery) Actress Lennie Briscoe, now retired from the NYPD, joins the District Attorney's office as an investigator. Through him, and the various lawyers, jury members and court officials we meet along the way, the show explores the intricate workings of the jury system. Written by Anonymous

  • Birth

    Birth (2004)
    Film (Drama, Mystery, Romance and Thriller) Actress Anna is a young widow who is finally getting on with her life after the death of her husband, Sean. Now engaged to be married, Anna meets a ten-year-old boy who tells her he is Sean reincarnated. Though his story is both unsettling and absurd, Anna can't get the boy out of her mind. And much to the concern of her fiancé, her increased contact with him leads her to question the choices she has made in her life. Written by Sujit R. Varma

  • Satan's Little Helper

    Satan's Little Helper (2004)
    Film (Comedy and Horror) Actress During Halloween, theater student Jenna Whooly returns to Bell Island to spend the holiday with her family and her boyfriend Alex Martin, a classmate of hers who was also raised on the island. Her younger brother Douglas "Dougie" Whooly is very attached to Jenna and is fascinated with the video game "Satan's Little Helper," and he becomes jealous with the presence of Alex. He leaves home wearing his costume of Satan's little helper, seeking Satan himself on the streets so he can ask him to kill Alex. Dougie meets a serial killer who, coincidently, is wearing a costume of Satan and decides to help him. He brings the insane murderer home, and Jenna and her mother Merrill Whooly believe that the masked killer is Alex acting like Satan to please Dougie. Later, the boy walks with the maniac along the streets, helping him to terrorize the locals. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Law & Order

    Law & Order (2004)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress The show follows a crime, ususally adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points. The first half of the show concentrates on the investigation of the crime by the police, the second half follows the prosecution of the crime in court. Written by Mike Menditto

  • Rescue Me

    Rescue Me (2004)
    Television (Drama and Comedy) Actress Recently divorced fireman Tommy Gavin, is coping with the fear of his job and the unease he feels watching his ex-wife as she starts to date other men. To better keep tabs on his ex and stay close to their three kids, he moves across the street from them. Written by Ramble000

  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2003)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories. Written by John Craig

  • The Souler Opposite

    The Souler Opposite (1998)
    Film (Comedy and Drama) Actress All Barry Singer wants, "is a woman to like him for who he pretends to be," ...or so he says in his act. A stand up comedian toiling in the netherworld of the L.A. comedy scene, Barry's universe is turned upside down when he meets Thea Douglas, a young political activist who is clearly in the "spiritual quest mode." Together, they throw into a comic dance of high intimacy where for the first time in their lives the physical and emotional come together. When their relationship hits the rocks, Thea is swept into the whirlpool of the '92 political season and hits the road with the Jerry Brown presidential campaign. All this leads Barry to one certainty; he has no choice but to take off cross country in pursuit of his "souler opposite." Written by Anonymous

  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1997)
    Television (Drama, Family and Western) Actress The fifth daughter of a wealthy Boston physician, Michaela Quinn defies the conventions of post-Civil War society by following in her father's footsteps. After his death, 'Dr. Mike' leaves Boston and moves to the frontier town of Colorado Springs, where she finds the citizens less than thrilled by the concept of a woman doctor. While she struggles to earn their trust, Mike's life is complicated by a growing relationship with mountain man Byron Sully, and the unexpected responsibility of raising three orphaned children. Written by Marg Baskin <>

  • Joe's Rotten World

    Joe's Rotten World (1995)
    Film Actress Joe has been wasting his life writing an unpublished, voluminous book about the ills of modern society. His wife, Annie, is fed up and leaves him. Written by Ned Truslow <>

  • Capital News

    Capital News (1990)
    TV Movie (Drama) Actress Reporters cover crime, the Pentagon and a slumlord for their Washington daily's editor. Pilot for the series.

  • Columbo

    Columbo (1989)
    Television (Crime, Drama, Mystery and Thriller) Actress When you first saw him, Lt. Columbo, looked like a bum that just came off the street. He had a bumbling demeanor, was overly polite and seemed to chomp on the same short cigar on a daily basis. However, beneath all that comical exterior was probably the most dogged investigator on the Los Angeles Police Department. Columbo was often called on to investigate high profile murders that involved the rich and famous. The culprits were often amused by him and just as they thought they were going to get away with murder, Columbo would find a way trap them or find enough evidence to make them confess. Written by Brian Washington <>

  • White and Lazy

    White and Lazy (1986)
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  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    The Merry Wives of Windsor (1980)
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  • Po'Okela Award - Ensemble

  • Po'Okela Award - Service to PlayBuilders Theatre Company

  • Po'Okela Award - Ensemble

  • Dramalogue Award - Acting

  • LA Weekly Award - Best Revival of a Play

  • Dramalogue Award - Acting

  • Dramalogue Award - Producing

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