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

 

Current Work

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

Teaching

 

University/College Appointments

 

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

Austin College

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

Adjunct Instructor

Theatre Lab Coordinator

Dance Program Coordinator

Department of Theatre and Dance 

January 2006- August 2011                                                                                                   

                                                                      

Courses Taught

 

Acting

  • 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) 

  • Acting Shakespeare

Directing and Devising Courses

  • (Devising) Stage Games, Plays, and DIY Theatre

  • Directing

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)

Dance Courses

  • Jazz I

  • Jazz II

  • Hip Hop I

Research

 

Papers/Presentations

 

“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.

 

 

Workshop Presentations

 

"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.

 

Performances

 

“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.

 

                                                                             

Publications

 

"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.

Service

 

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

 

Academic Service

 

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)

 

Austin College

  • 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)

 

Community Service

French American Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Mountain Division

  • Volunteer Activities Coordinator(2004-2005)

Germinal Stage Denver 

  • Volunteer Box Office, Usher (2005-2006)

Curious Theatre

  • Marketing volunteer​(2005-2006)

Children's Advocacy Center of Sherman Texas

  •  Get Your Wiggles Out!: A theatre games workshop (2016)

Related  Experience

 

Theatre Lab Coordinator, Red Rocks Community College

2006-2011

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

Work-Study Coordinator:

  • Hired, trained and scheduled student employees

 

Dance Program Coordinator

  • Met with prospective students

  • Advised current students

  • Hired and mentored faculty

  • Facilitated curriculum development

  • Scheduled classes

  • 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

1998

 

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.