K. ELIZABETH STEVENS
Theater and Opera Director
Associate Professor of Theater
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
M.F.A., Yale School of Drama, Directing, 1999
B.A., Reed College, Theater, 1993
Associate Professor of Theater
Theater 001: Theater and Performance
Theater 002 : Acting I
Theater 012 : Acting II
Theater 035: Directing I
Theater 055: Directing II
Theater 015: Performance Theory and Practice
Interpretation Theory 91 : Corporeality and Storytelling
Music 24 : Opera Production
Theater 099: Senior Company
Theater 102: Acting Capstone
Theater 022 : Production Ensemble
Directed Airswimming; A Bright Room Called Day; The Royal Singer; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Ivona, Princess of Burgundia; Spring Awakening, Through the Leaves.
Advised numerous thesis projects in Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Directing and Acting.
Bryn Mawr College
Lecturer, September 2002-December 2004
Fundamentals of Acting
Acting II: Scene study
CSEM (Interdisciplinary Writing Course): The Performance of Self
CSEM: The Play of Light (Interdisciplinary Writing Course
CSEM: Classical Mythology and the Contemporary Imagination
Directed Jean Anouilh’s Antigone, Chekhov’s Three Sisters and Charles Mee’s Big Love
Southern Methodist University
Adjunct, Spring 2001
Fundamentals of Directing
Yale Summer Program
Acting Teacher, July-August, 1999-2000
Taught two classes in acting to select group of high school and college students for college credit. Oversaw assignments, created exercises, evaluated performance, and lectured.
N.Y.U. Playwrights Horizons
Directing Mentor, January-April, 2000
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
Acting for Shakespeare, Summer, 2001
Taught the techniques of speaking verse and meeting the particular challenges of Shakespeare to teenagers in Dallas.
Dallas Theater Center
Acting Teacher, Summer, 2001
Taught two classes in acting technique to high school students.
Mentor and Acting Teacher, Summer 1998
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 summer.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
Dallas Theater Center
Artistic Associate and Literary Manager, 2000- 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, 1995-1998
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
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, 1999-2001
Supervisor: Benjamin Mordecai
Read and evaluated scripts for Tony Award-winning producer Benjamin Mordecai.
International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven
Assistant Company Manager, 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
Director/Performer, 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.
“Team Sunshine’s 24-Year Performance Experiment: The Sincerity Project” http://www.culturebot.org/2015/01/23188/2318
“A Community of Like-minded Theater Professionals: A Necessary Ingredient for Success.” Acting for the Stage, ed. Anna Weinstein and Chris Qualls, New York: Routledge, 2017, 87-94.
GRANTS AND HONORS
Blanchard Fellowship Award 2014
John Badham Scholarship 1996-1999
Halmos Foundation Grant 2003
Moderator, Changing Lives, Changing the World panel, Swarthmore College at Phillips Gallery, 2017.
Moderator, Airswimming, post-show panel, Walnut St. Theater Studio 6, 2017.
Moderator, Fall Dance Concert, post-show panel, Swarthmore College, 2016.
Belting the Thong: Loosening the Bonds of Identity in Contemporary Cabaret, Faculty Lecture, Swarthmore College, 2015.
Collaborative Theater Making, Aydelotte Second Tuesday series, Swarthmore College, 2016.
Moderator, Spring Awakening, post-show discussion with Jonathan Franzen, 2007.
WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
Let’s Tell Our Own Stories: Making Theater from Scratch, Teachers As Scholars Program, Swarthmore College. (Upcoming: February 2018).
Talking for Dancers, Headlong Dance Theater, Philadelphia. Approaches to using text for movement artists. 2008
Is Something Happening, Headlong Dance Theater, Philadelphia. Site-specific and in-situ performance creation. 2009
Communicating Science, Center for Innovation and Leadership and Department of Physics, Swarthmore. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
Honors Committee 2017-2018
Department Chair 2016-present
Acting Chair 2012-2013
Cooper Committee 2014-2015
CAR Committee 2011-2014
Asso. Provost Search Committee 2013-2014
Theater Dept. Search Committee (Set Designer) 2010-2011
SSDC-- Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers
German and Russian, reading proficiency
AIRSWIMMING Jones HalfKey Theatre 2017
AIRSWIMMING Jones Swarthmore College 2016
BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY Kushner Swarthmore College 2015
THE ROYAL SINGER Anderson/Whitman Swarthmore College 2015
IT'S HIGH TIME I SAID SOMETHING Original NMAJH 2014
MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Shakespeare Swarthmore College 2013
MY DINNER WITH DITO Original The Bearded Ladies 2013
DESIRE Original Headlong Dance Theater 2011/2012
IVONA Gombrowicz Swarthmore College 2012 YOUNG LOVE Maynard Kelly Writer’s House 2010
IMPRESSIONS OF PELLEAS Debussy Curtis Opera Theater 2009
THE MEDIUM Menotti Curtis Opera Theater 2009
SPRING AWAKENING Wedekind Swarthmore College 2007
SPEAK, MASCOT Original Workshop for Potential Movement 2006
THROUGH THE LEAVES Kroetz Swarthmore College 2005
THREE SISTERS Chekhov Bryn Mawr College 2004
BIG LOVE Mee Bryn Mawr College 2004
ANTIGONE Anouilh Bryn Mawr College 2002
GILGAMESH Dickman La Mama, NYC 2002
BABY WITH THE BATHWATER Durang Triad Stage, Greensboro 2002
BEE-LUTER-HATCHEE Gibbon Actor’s Express, Atlanta 2002
W;T Edson Dallas Theater Center 2001
LOOT Orton Actor’s Express, Atlanta 2000
BAGGING GROCERIES Novom New Dramatists (reading) 2000
DOCTOR OF LAST RESORT Shienken Clubbed Thumb, NYC 2000
DICK IN LONDON O’Doherty Target Margin Theater 2000
TURN OF THE SCREW Hatcher Yale Summer Cabaret 1999
LIFE IS A DREAM Calderon Yale School of Drama (thesis) 1999
TONE CLUSTERS Oates Yale Cabaret 1998
7 BLOWJOBS Wellman Yale Cabaret 1998
TITUS ANDRONICUS Shakespeare Yale School of Drama 1998
BRINGING DOWN DA VINCI Krouse Yale Rep (reading) 1997
IN ARCADIA O’Doherty Yale School of Drama 1997
CLOUD NINE Churchill Yale School of Drama 1996
PROMETHEUS BOUND Lowell Ontological Hysteric, NYC 1995
WHIRLIGIG Original Target Margin Theater 1995
IDENTICAL RIVER Moore Nada, NYC 1995
ROGER & SHEILA Fetzer Dreadnought Theater, Portland 1994