Elizabeth Parks, M.A. MFA
Teaching Artist, Actor, Director, Voice and Movement Coach, and Choreographer
Collaborative and professional teaching artist, voice and movement coach, and choreographer with fifteen years of experience teaching in higher education. Pedagogy focuses on an intercultural approach to the physical, psychological, and analytical work of the theatre artist. Focus placed on presence as a teachable, trainable practice. Particular focus placed on diversity, equity, and inclusion through ensemble-building, empowerment, and enfranchisement. Research and creative activity explores issues of community, social justice, civic responsibility and global citizenry, applied voice and movement training, and the integration of Eastern and Western theatre practices.
Areas of Expertise
Intimacy Choreography Training- Theatrical Intimacy Education and Intimacy Directors and Choreographers
Lessac Kinesensics Voice and Body Training Practitioner- Lessac Training and Research Institute®
Margolis Method Educator Certification- Margolis Method Center International- April 2022
Methodologies and Subjects:
Stanislavski-Based Acting · Psychophysical Acting · Directing · Voice for the Actor · Movement for the Actor ·
Devising · Margolis Method · Noh · Lessac Kinesensics Voice and Body Training · Laban Bartenieff ·
The Michael Chekhov Technique · Viewpoints · Audition Techniques · Contact Improvisation · The Suzuki Method Global Actor Training · Shakespeare · Period Styles · Physical Theatre · Embodied Pedagogy · Theatre History and Literature · Script Analysis
Education and Credentials
MASTER OF FINE ARTS in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
MASTER OF ARTS in French
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
BACHELOR OF ARTS in English/Drama
Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, OH
Directing: The Misanthrope, University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point
Directed: The Tempest, Schmeeckle Shakes, CWACT, August 2022
In Development: Lady O.G! (based on the life of Olympe de Gouges)
Professional Associations & National Appointments
NAAT- National Alliance of Acting Teachers
ATHE- Association for Theatre in Higher Education
AP- Acting Program Executive Board- Adjudicated Acting Exercises Committee
TASC- Theatre and Social Change Executive Board- Member at Large
WTP- Women and Theatre Program Member
LTRI- Lessac Research and Training Institute®
ATME- Association of Theatre Movement Educators
VASTA- Voice and Speech Trainers Association
ATDS- American Theatre and Drama Society
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting
School of Performing Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance
August 2021- Present
Lake Superior State University
Assistant Professor of Theatre
School of Arts and Letters
August 2019- May 2021
Hampden Sydney College
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Department of Fine Arts
August 2017- May 2018
Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre
August 2015-May 2017
Texas Tech University
Graduate Part-Time Instructor
Department of Theatre and Dance
August 2011-May 2014
Red Rocks Community College
Theatre Lab Coordinator
Dance Program Coordinator
Department of Theatre and Dance
January 2006- August 2011
Fundamentals of Acting I (Conservatory Sequence)
Fundamentals of Acting II (Conservatory Sequence)
Period Acting I (Shakespeare) (Conservatory Sequence)
Period Acting II (Greek, Noh, Restoration, Commedia, Molière) (Conservatory Sequence)
Acting for Beginners (for majors and non-majors) (hybrid online/in-person)
Acting Studio (hybrid online/in-person)
Acting (for liberal arts students)
Directing and Devising Courses
(Devising) Stage Games, Plays, and DIY Theatre
Voice and Movement Courses
Voice for the Actor
The Music of the Speaking Voice
Movement for Theatre
Intercultural Voice and Movement
Presence and Performance
General Education and Theatre Theory Courses
Presence and Performance
Intro to Theatre/Theatre Appreciation
Rehearsal and Performance
Development of Theatre I
Development of Theatre II
Survey of Great Playwrights
Theatre History (Single-semester course taught in-person, hybrid, and asynchronously online)
Hip Hop I
“Enhancing Pedagogical Impact through Voice and Movement” The Upper Peninsula Teaching and Learning Conference, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 2020.
“Exploring Tonal and Structural NRG Through Japanese Noh” Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Fredericksburg, VA 2019
“Agency for Educators: Margolis Method as Embodied Pedagogy Training in Teacher Education” Margolis Method 2nd International Conference, New York, NY 2019
“Speaking Bodies, Bodies Speaking: why and how stage movement practice and education differs from dance practice and education,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, IL August 2016.
“A Liberal Arts Education as Agent of Artistic Dreams,” Texas Educational Theatre Association TheatreFest, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX 2016.
“Barter as Deliverance from the Desert,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Scottsdale, AZ 2014.
“The Problem of Embodiment: Text, Image, and the Actor in the work of Michael Chekhov and Arthur Lessac,” The 46th Annual Comparative Literature Symposium: Representing Reality in Text and Image: Clichés, Stereotypes, and Caricatures, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2014.
"Auditions from A to Z: How to Get the Part,” Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Festivention, Western State College, Gunnison, CO 2007.
"Contact Improvisation" Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Festival, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO, February, 2009.
"Movement for the Non-dancer: Contact Improvisation" Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Festival, Grand Street Theatre, Helena, MT, 2010.
"Undiscovered Territory: Practical Exploration of New Horizons in Actor Training” Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Festival, Cheyenne Little Theatre, Cheyenne, WY, 2011.
“Contact Improvisation” University Interscholastic League Superconference, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2011.
“3-2-1 Contact: An Introduction to Contact Improvisation Texas Education Theatre Association Festival, Houston TX 2013.
“Movement for the Non-dancer: Contact Improvisation” South Eastern Theatre Conference, The Galt House, Louisville, IN 2013.
“Eurasian Movement: An Intercultural Approach to Physical Intelligence” South Eastern Theatre Conference, The Galt House, Louisville, IN 2013.
“Pass Toss Release” An original acting exercise presented at the Adjudicated Acting Exercises Debut Panel, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL 2013.
“Be an Actor Warrior” University Interscholastic League Superconference, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2013.
“My Character’s body and my Body’s Character,” Texas Educational Theatre Association TheatreFest, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX 2016.
“Creating Classroom Impact through Embodied Pedagogy,” Texas Educational Theatre Association TheatreFest, Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX 2016.
“Displacement Effect” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, FL 2013.
“Echoes of Familiarity” Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region 6, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA 2013.
“3 Eleanors” 30th Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2014.
"Ma Sœur." Theatre of the Mind, Noble House Publishers, Poetry Division: New York, NY, 2003. p.3.
Special Training & Professional Development
Margolis Method, three-day master class with Kari Margolis, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2013.
Viewpoints and devising with Mat O’Patrny and Jessica Burr of Blessed Unrest, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2013.
Devising, “Impulse work”, and “Moment work” with Rich Brown, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2013.
Noh Training Project, three-week intensive training in Noh dance, singing, and drumming with Akira
Matsui, Richard Emmert, and Jubilith Moore, Bloomsburg, PA 2013.
Odin Week Festival, ten-day training intensive in movement, singing, and devising with Eugenio Barba and the members of the Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark 2013.
Lessac Kinesensic Training, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 2012.
Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory, 4-week training intensive which included Suzuki and Noh training with Izumi Ashizawa, Theatre Making/Devising with Jed Harris, Mime training and devising with Alexander (Sasha) Iliev, Aerial fabric training with Benita Primo, Smolyan, Bulgaria 2012
Margolis Method two-day Master Class with Kari Margolis, Durango, CO 2009.
Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop Intensive, University of Colorado, Boulder 2008.
Jazz and Hip Hop Workshops, Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop, University of Colorado, Boulder 2007.
Danse Théâtre, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France, 2002.
Professional Organization Memberships
Rocky Mountain Theatre Association (RMTA) 2007-2011
Ohio Theatre Alliance, 1998, 1999, 2004
Illinois Theatre Alliance, 2004
Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), 2008, 2012-Present
Association of Theatre Movement Educators 2012-Present
Red Rocks Community Collee
Theatre and Dance Department Recruiting (2006-2011)
Adjudicator for Speak Truth to Power, RMTA Festival (2008)
Recruiting and Hiring: Hip Hop Instructors, (Spring 2008 & Fall 2009)
Hiring Committee: Student Life Activities Coordinator (Spring 2008 & Fall 2009)
Spearheaded State-wide Dance course curriculum changes (2009-2010)
Spearheaded creation of an Associate of Arts Dance emphasis (2009)
Recruiting and Hiring: Ballet & Modern Instructor (2009)
Recruiting and Hiring: Swing & Ballroom Instructor (2010)
Texas Tech University
Graduate Student Advisory Council (2012-2013)
Chemistry Teaching Assistant Graduate Student Trainer (2012)
Posey Leadership Award Committee (2015-2016)
Engagement and coordination of visiting artist Aaron Rossini and Artists Striving to End Poverty (2015-2016)
Created a panel of students and faculty to present at the Texas Educational Theatre Association, Inc. TheatreFest (2016)
Collaborated with Collin College dance faculty to offer a dance workshop at Austin College (2016)
Recruitment for Austin College at the Booker T. Washington High School for Visual and Performing Arts 2015 Student Showcase (2015)
Audition workshop (Fall 2015)
Offered an Embodied Pedagogy workshop for The Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Training (2016)
French American Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Division
Volunteer Activities Coordinator(2004-2005)
Germinal Stage Denver
Volunteer Box Office, Usher (2005-2006)
Children's Advocacy Center of Sherman Texas
Get Your Wiggles Out!: A theatre games workshop (2016)
Theatre Lab Coordinator, Red Rocks Community College
Assisted Theatre and Dance Department Chair in the following capacities:
Served as communication conduit between faculty and administration
Acted as Production manager
Took meeting minutes
Served the Department of Theatre and Dance by performing the following roles:
Marketing and publicity manager
Created marketing materials: department catalogs, posters and postcards
Drafted and distributed press releases
Charged with facilitating all website updates
Box office and Costume Rental Manager
Staffed box office
Charged with box office monies and deposits
Maintained records of department fiscal activity
Maintained production archives
Hired, trained and scheduled student employees
Dance Program Coordinator
Met with prospective students
Advised current students
Hired and mentored faculty
Facilitated curriculum development
Increased enrollment by 350% in one year
Served the Department of Theatre and Dance by assisting with the planning and coordination of the following events:
Theatre and Dance Department 20th Anniversary Gala
Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region, 2007, 2009, and 2011
Coordinated logistics, staffing, photography, and auditions
Served as marketing assistant and graphic designer
Rocky Mountain Theatre Association Festival, 2008
Coordinated logistics, staffing, and marketing
Served as Registration and Scholarship Auditions Associate Coordinator
Co-Director of Theatre, Pine Forest Camp
Selected, produced, and directed summer season.
Co-designed all setting, costume, property and sound elements.
Developed and executed curriculum and instruction of youth acting classes.