Lisa Maier studied cultural studies, art theory, and German literature at the Universities of Bremen and Ljubljana. In Slovenia she turned her attention to the region of Southeast Europe. During her studies, she was among others working for the Landeszentrale für Politische Bildung Bremen (in the field of culture mediation), the Art and Artists House Schwankhalle, and the Cultural Centers Schlachthof and Lagerhaus. She has completed various internships and jobs in the fields of press and public relations, editing, event organization, and stage direction.
She was an assistant to the director of the International Youth Theater Festival "Explosive" and to the festival management of "goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film" at the German Film Institute, Frankfurt/Main. Through this film-related work, she discovered her special interest in documentary film.