Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Alisa Palmer completed a degree in history at McGill University. Her theatre education was based in Montreal and included training with Phillippe Gaullierof Ecole Jacques Lecoq (Bouffon and Masque Neutre), Cirque de Soleil (acrobatics), L’école de Mime Corporal de Montréal under Jean Asselin as well as periods of study with Brazilian director Agosto Boal.
Palmer has an eclectic and robust directorial style, and has worked on such diverse projects as her own A Play About the Mothers of the Plaza del Mayo, which made a compelling use of the Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, a production of Pal Joey at the Shaw Festival in 2004, and several plays by Ann-Marie MacDonald, whom she married in 2003. She is working on a musical theatre production of The Lord of the Rings in Toronto.
- Cassidy, Sara. "Flying High An Interview with Ann-Marie MacDonald". Herizons. Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2007-09-07.
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