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Elizabeth Parks


Elizabeth is an actor, director, choreographer, and voice and movement coach with fifteen years of experience teaching theatre and dance. She specializes in devised theatre, applied theatre, and global performance traditions. Elizabeth is a Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Training Practitioner with the Lessac Research and Training Institute® and has trained with Theatre Nohgaku in the Kita School tradition of Noh theatre.  Her international work includes performances at Odin Teatret in Denmark and the Rhodopi Dramatichen Teatar in Bulgaria and French studies at L’Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. Elizabeth holds a Master of Arts in French from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University. 

Her research and creative activity focus on the integration of Eastern and Western training practices, issues of community and social justice, and applied theatre using intercultural physical theatre, devised theatre, and digital technology in performance. In the classroom and in her theatre-making, she builds spaces of agency, belonging, self-actualization, and self-empowerment. Favorite directing projects include Love and Information by Caryl Churchill, #LookUp, a devised project about what it means to (be a) witness, and A Good Woman Waits by Jared Strange. Favorite acting projects include performances in Rain/of Terror and Hot + Wax: Too Big To Fail, both with the LIDA Project,  a circus-devised adaptation of The Bacchae at the Rhodopi Dramatichen Theatar, and Faces of a Barter at Odin Teatret. She is currently working on an independent project titled Lady O.G., a one-woman show about the political activist, actor, and playwright Olympe de Gouges. 

Elizabeth is an ATHE Theatre and Social Change Member-at-Large and a member of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the ATHE Women and Theatre Program, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, the Association for Theatre Movement Educators, Alpha Psi Omega, and Pi Delta Phi.

Elizabeth Parks
Visiting Artist Professor of Acting

171 Noel Fine Arts Center


MFA - Theatre Performance and Pedagogy
Texas Tech University

MA - French Language and Literature
Bowling Green University

BA - English/Drama
Franciscan University of Steubenville