EMMA GOLDMAN (1869/1940) was known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (now Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the burgeoning anarchist movement. Attracted to anarchism after the Haymarket (Affair) workman’s' riots, Goldman became a writer and a renowned lecturer on anarchist philosophy, women's rights, and social issues, attracting crowds of thousands.

During her life, Goldman was lionized as a freethinking woman by admirers, and derided by critics as an advocate of politically motivated murder and violent revolution. Her writing and lectures spanned a wide variety of issues, including prisons, atheism, freedom of speech, militarism, capitalism, marriage, free love, and homosexuality. Although she distanced herself from first-wave feminism and its efforts toward women's suffrage, she developed new ways of incorporating gender politics into anarchism. After decades of obscurity, Goldman's iconic status was revived in the 1970s, when feminists rekindled popular interest in her life.

LISA STOKKE trained at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA, Ba hons in Acting)

Theatre: 'Guys and Dolls' (Sarah Brown, Donmar original cast UK tour and Piccadilly Theatre West End), 'Mamma Mia!' (Sophie original cast, Prince Edward Theatre), 'Chess' (Florence, Norway), 'Hard Times' (Louisa, workshop performance), 'Big Book for Girls' (Polly, Pleasance); Concert performances include Party in the Park 1999, Nelson Mandela’s 4664 Arctic Concert ( TV Presenter and Soloist, Tromsø, Norway, Classic West End (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the RSNO) , Gershwin a Celebration (Hollywell Music Rooms with Jack Gibbons), Back to Broadway, West End a Musical Celebration (Oslo Spektrum, Norway).

Television: 'Jonathan Creek' (Satan’s Chimney, Jodee Tressky)

Film: 'Long Flat Balls 2' (Naval Officer O’Connor, Harald Zwart)

Recordings: 'Mamma Mia!' (Original cast recording), 'Help I’m a Fish' (Original Norwegian soundtrack), 'A Piece of Lisa' (Her first solo album, EMI)

Lisa is an official ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, as well as a keen supporter of Plan International.

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