Elizabeth J. Carlson

Visiting Instructor in Theater



Schaeffer Theatre,



Elizabeth (Liz) Carlson (she/her) is a Visiting Instructor of Theatre teaching Intro to Performance Studies, Devising Performance, and Dramaturgy among other courses this year at Bates. She is a director, dramaturge, and teaching artist with a particular interest in ensemble practice and new play development. 

She has an MFA in Directing from Temple University and is an associate member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). She has worked with companies throughout the northeast including Curio Theatre Company, Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theatre (Philadelphia), Troy Foundry Theatre, Saratoga Shakespeare Company (New York), The Nora (Boston), Trinity Rep, Manton Avenue Project (Rhode Island), and The Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference (Ohio). Additionally, she serves as a dramaturge to several playwrights, choreographers, and devising ensembles. She can often be found making work in unconventional spaces including libraries, prisons, and semi-abandoned industrial sites. 

She has taught at Temple University, Kenyon College, Rowan University, Friends’ Central School, and Eastern University, among others, and she especially loves making theatre with undergraduates. Some of her favorite academic directing projects include Love & Information by Cary Churchill, In the Red and Brown Water by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Temple University), Be Aggressive by Annie Weisman (Kenyon College), and Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov (Eastern University). 

She is excited to be back in Maine, where she grew up, with her husband Gabe and son Felix, who was born this summer.