Writer and performer Alisa Rosenthal's training includes improv and story theater (Second City Conservatory, Annoyance, Piven Theatre Workshop, Loose Moose), clown (Avner Eisenberg, Adrian Danzig), mime and slapstick (Dean Evans), Shakespeare (Carol MacVey), voice (Julie Goell, Judy Leigh-Johnson), and stand up (Cameron Esposito). In 2012 she was the summer assistant at the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine, assisting with all operations of the non-profit theater and training center.
She's been performing her vintage variety act as Plucky Rosenthal for five years, producing and performing solos shows "It's Been Swell, Plucky Rosenthal!" (Gorilla Tango Theatre) and "You've Come a Long Way, Plucky Rosenthal!" (Upstairs Gallery) as well as headlining at the Wilmette Theatre's vaudeville night, opening for silent movie Safety Last at the Music Box Theatre's summer programming release party, and street performing at Artscape Baltimore in Maryland. As Plucky, she frequents the Cornservatory, Upstairs Gallery, and Vaudezilla Burlesque and Cabaret. Additionally she's performed with Barrel of Monkeys, Redmoon Theatre, Red Tape Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, The Plagiarists, Pride Films and Plays, Kiss Kiss Cabaret, The Paper Machete, The Kates, Beast Women, The Chi-Town Clown Revue, The Chi-Town Clown Revue for Kids, One Billion Rising Chicago, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Lesbian Community Care Project.
Chicago acting credits include TAMMY: A COMING OF AGE STORY ABOUT A GIRL WHO IS PART T-REX (Corn Productions, original cast), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Chicago dell'Arte), THE VILLE (Bare Boned Theater), and the hit live comedy competition IMPRESS THESE APES (Blewt! Productions). Favorite Iowa credits include RED NOSES (Boutros 2), THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG (Tess), and THE GHOST SONATA (Superintendent's Wife).
A recipient of the Nicholas Meyer Scholarship in Dramatic Writing, her writing has appeared in the University of Iowa's Ten Minute Play Festival alongside being a frequent contributor to No Shame Theatre Iowa City. Other writing has appeared in Chicago SketchFests 2005 and 2007, and with Brain Surgeon Theatre and 20% Theatre Company in Chicago. Her ten minute plays are available at Heuer Publishing.
Producing credits in addition to her solo work includes PEOPLE: LIVE IN PERSON! (theatrical cover show, Studio BE), THE LAURA & ALISA SEXY SHOW (fundraiser, the Whistler), and BREAKING FAST (original one act, undergraduate honors project, University of Iowa).