Elizabeth hails from the San Francisco Bay Area and now lives in Boston. She is the drama teacher at Ashland Middle School, where she teaches grades 6-8 and runs the after-school theatre program, directing two productions each year. She holds an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College, a B.A. from Whitman College, and a Massachusetts teaching license in Theatre and English (grades K-12).
Elizabeth is a theatre educator and artist who cares deeply about sharing her artistic passion with young people. She practices a process-based, student-centered approach to theatre education and believes that the best teaching environment is one in which every student feels supported, safe, challenged, and ultimately successful.
Elizabeth understands the power of theatre education because she has lived it. She was actively involved in youth theatre growing up, starting with her very first acting role (a ladybug in Going Buggy) and continuing through her time at Saratoga High School. Elizabeth went on to attend Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English and a minor in Theatre. Knowing that she wanted a career teaching theatre, Elizabeth moved back to the Bay Area after graduation and took a full-time position with California Theatre Center (CTC), a non-profit theatre for youth.
While at CTC, Elizabeth worked as a performer and teacher and was eventually promoted to Education Coordinator. She worked alongside the Education Director to oversee all aspects of CTC's educational programming, including curriculum development, training new teachers, and communicating with parents and other patrons on a daily basis. Outside of the office, Elizabeth was responsible for directing and producing school outreach productions, teaching multi-week summer conservatories, training high school students in leadership skills, and leading workshops in a variety of topics. She taught hundreds of young people in all grade levels, from kindergarten through high school.
In the fall of 2014, Elizabeth relocated to Boston, MA to begin graduate studies at Emerson College, where she earned a Master of Arts in Theatre Education and a Massachusetts teaching license in Theatre (grades K-12). She completed her student teaching practicum at Hingham High School and Hingham Middle School, and she has taught with a number of organizations and schools in the greater Boston area, including North Shore YMCA, ArtsEmerson, Kennedy School, and Somerville High School. Elizabeth is now the drama teacher and Drama Club director at Ashland Middle School.
Elizabeth is also an actor with experience performing for children and adults. At CTC, she appeared in numerous productions for elementary school audiences, including Charlotte's Web (Fern), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Holly the Elf), Cinderella (Stepsister), and many more. While on tour with CTC, Elizabeth performed in 32 cities across 3 states for tens of thousands of school-age children. Other roles with CTC include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Miranda in The Tempest, and Betty in Dangerous Corner. Since her move to Massachusetts, Elizabeth continued performing for young audiences, appearing as Hermia in the graduate association's touring production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Outside of the theatre, Elizabeth enjoys literature of all genres. She also loves classic films (especially Hitchcock), travel, history, coffee, and the San Francisco Giants.
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