EARLY ARTS TRAINING:
Elizabeth found her home onstage at age three, performing in the Suzuki Violin Program. As a child, she also studied piano and sang in choir, which led her to musical theatre and eventually acting as its own pursuit. Meaningful early instructors include Helen Gerald (violin), Mike Weiker (voice / choir), and Director Helen Taylor, who hired Elizabeth for her first professional acting job as a teenager – playing Cinderella onstage.
Elizabeth received the President’s Music Scholarship to attend DePauw University in Indiana, where she pursed acting and voice studies. She spent a semester studying opera and lieder in Vienna, Austria, before graduating college early thanks to some high school AP credits. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music Degree with a double major in Communications. Elizabeth’s senior thesis project at DePauw focused on the evolution of Stanislavski’s Method through members of the Group Theatre such as Meisner, Adler, Strasberg, Lewis, and Clurman, and eventually through Uta Hagen’s work at the end of the 20th Century. Acting Theory is interesting in itself, but is really a means to an end – which is skill in performing onstage or on set.
POST COLLEGE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING:
After graduating college, Elizabeth stopped over in her hometown of Denver to star in her first film project, then drove west till the land ended and spent the next decade or so working as an actor in LA. There, she studied with wonderful coaches like Jeff Corey, John Kirby, Marnie Cooper, and Orly Sitowitz, who helped her adapt her stage experience into a more grounded and truthful style that allowed her to book work on camera. Elizabeth is a big believer in finding the education that best serves YOU, whether it is in a university, in private lessons, by reading books, or in a performing arts program like Colorado School of Acting. For most people, it will be an ongoing combination of all those things and more!