Lisa Lieberman Doctor was born and raised in Queens, New York, graduated from Stony Brook University and went on to enjoy a sixteen-year career as a development and production executive in Los Angeles. Her first Industry position was story editor for Sylvester Stallone in 1978, shortly after the release of Rocky, which led to her next position, Creative Executive at Universal Pictures, where she assisted in overseeing the development and production of feature films. During her tenure at her next job-Vice President at Kings Road Productions at Warners Brothers, she was profiled in the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar cover story as one of six enterprising young Hollywood executives. She was the only woman profiled in the article. Subsequent positions include Vice President posts at Nelvana Entertainment and ITC Entertainment, which led to her position of Head of Production and Development at Jerry Weintraub Entertainment. Her last executive job was Vice President of Robin Williams’ company, Blue Wolf Productions, where she oversaw the production of Mrs. Doubtfire.
In 1995 she switched gears to become a staff writer on ABC’s General Hospital and its spin-off, Port Charles and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and Writers Guild Award for her work as part of the General Hospital team.
After several years writing daytime drama, she refined her focus to writing fiction and instructing other writers. She currently leads weekly writing workshops in Los Angeles and teaches at the UCLA Extension Writers Program and at the non-profit organization, Television Writers Fund for the Future. She has taught at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California; Cal State University, Northridge Adult Learning; The University of The Balearic Islands in Mallorca, Spain; The Official Language Schools of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain; and Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico. She has been a guest lecturer at The University of Toledo, Ohio, and a presenter at Story Expo L.A. Her novel, The Deflowering of Rhona Lipshitz was optioned as a motion picture by producer Raffaella De Laurentiis. Her recent book, Accidental Poetry: Improve Your English Through Creative Writing, is frequently used as a textbook for new learners of English. She has also served as an expert witness in motion picture copyright infringement law.
Lisa Doctor lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, clinical psychologist and author Ron Doctor.