K. Eizabeth Stevens

Philadelphia, PA
Cell: 203.887.8394 Email: klizstevens@gmail.com
Theater and Opera Director
Professor of Acting, Directing, Theater History and Theory


Yale School of Drama, MFA, Directing, 1999
Reed College, BA, Theater and Literature, 1993
Swarthmore College
Associate Professor and Chair of the Theater Department
January 2006-Present
Courses taught: Acting I, Acting II, Acting Capstone, Directing I, Directing II, Theater and Performance, Senior Company, 
Production Ensemble, Performance Theory and Practice, Opera Production  
Directed: Airswimming by Charlotte Jones, A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, Ivona, Princess of Burgunida by Witold Gombrowicz, Wedekind’s Spring Awakening in a new translation by Jonathan Franzen, Kroetz’s Through the Leaves, Shakespeares' A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Royal Singer by Professors Thomas Whitman and Nathalie Anderson. 
Advised numerous thesis projects in Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Directing and Acting. 

Led workshops: Communicating Science with Professor Tristan Smith and Persuasive Communication for the Center of Innovation and Leadership. 
Bryn Mawr College
September 2002-December 2004
Supervisor: Professor Mark Lord
Courses taught: Acting I, Acting II, Solo Performance, Directing I, Three interdisciplinary
writing courses: The Performance of Self, The Play of Light and Classical Mythology

Directed: Jean Anouilh’s Antigone, Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Charles Mee’s Big Love  
Southern Methodist University
January- May, 2001
Supervisor: Professor Kevin Hofeditz
Taught Juniors in a BA program a "Fundamentals of Directing" class; designed
syllabus, oversaw projects, lectured and coached the students as they directed scenes. 
Yale Summer Program
Acting Teacher
July-August, 1999-2000
Supervisor: Frank Torok
Taught two classes in acting to select group of high school and college students for
college credit. Oversaw assignments, created exercises, evaluated performance, and
N.Y.U. Playwrights Horizons 
Directing Mentor
January-April, 2000
Supervisor: Whitney Pastorak
Mentored directing students as they directed their third-year projects. Attended
rehearsals and meetings, gave feedback and asked questions to stimulate more
thoughtful choices. Evaluated both process and final production. 
Dallas Theater Center
Shakespeare Teacher
Summer, 2001
Supervisor: Jennifer King
Taught the techniques of speaking verse and meeting the particular challenges of
Shakespeare to teenagers in Dallas. 
Dallas Theater Center
Acting Teacher
Summer, 2001
Supervisor: Jennifer King
Taught two classes in acting technique to high school students. 
Dwight/Edgewood Project
Mentor and Acting Teacher
Summer 1998
Supervisor: Wier Harman
Taught acting games and techniques to high school and middle school students from
the New Haven community, directed and acted in a play with the kids at the end of the
Dallas Theater Center
Assistant Artistic Director and Literary Manager
September 2000-September 2001
Supervisor: Richard Hamburger
Directed mainstage plays; served as Resident Dramaturg on DTC productions; 
managed the literary office; taught classes at the DTC lab; oversaw local casting; wrote
and edited theater publications; worked with artistic director on season selection and
planning; co-administered and moderated "In Perspective" discussions; served as
liaison to the Dallas community; wrote grant proposals. 
Target Margin Theater
Artistic Associate
Supervisor: David Herskovits
Was one of five artistic associates of the Obie Award-Winning Target Margin Theater
company. Directed plays, read scripts, taught acting workshops, helped with benefits
and organizational activities, assisted on productions. 
Headlong Dance Theater
Director/Creator: Desire
May 2012, Performing Garage, Philadelphia
Spent a year and a half creating a full-length original performance piece for the
renowned Headlong Dance Theater. 
Curtis Opera Theater
Director: Impressions of Pelleas and Melisande and The Medium
February 2009
Directed two operas for the Curtis Opera Theater in Philadelphia. 
Producer's Management Group
Script Reader
Supervisor: Benjamin Mordecai
Read and evaluated scripts for Tony Award-winning producer Benjamin Mordecai. 
International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven
Assistant Company Manager
Summers, 1998-1999
Supervisor: Cynthia Hedstrom
Organized all aspects of company management for a multi-million dollar international
arts festival featuring Little Richard and Roberta Flack. Designed spreadsheets and
databases, organized and procured housing, hospitality and transportation for over 400
artists and lecturers. Was primary liaison with hotels, restaurants, limousine companies
and private drivers. Oversaw staff of eight. 

Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festivals
June 2006-June 2007
Co-directed Speak, Mascot, an original, collaboratively created performance piece for
Workshop for Potential Movement, a physical theater company. Performed in
Headlong Dance Theater’s CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a
time guided by cell phone. Toured with Headlong’s CELL to the New Haven Festival of
Arts and Ideas in the summer of 2007. 





 “A Community of Like-minded Theater Professionals: A Necessary Ingredient for Success”, co-authored with Kate Kramer, PhD, Senior Fellow, Critical Writing in the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. This chapter will be included in a new series to be published by Focal Press, an imprint of Taylor Francis, entitled: ACTING FOR THE STAGE."