New York City
Elizabeth - in fact call me, Liz - has been in love with all things performing arts for as long as she can remember. Forever a midwesterner at heart, Liz was born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan. As a kid, she spent many nights with her family seeing shows in downtown Detroit. At four years old, Liz saw her very first production - Beauty and the Beast - and was completely mesmerized by the magic that is, theater.
She got involved in as much as she could from that point forward, learning how to play viola and singing in a chorus in elementary school. Liz remembers singing along to a lot of Mariah Carey and LeAnn Rimes hits on family road trips, but her first live performance was at a middle school choir concert, where she sang a duet entitled: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" Perhaps you know it.
Liz continued her artistic pursuits through high school graduation. She was chosen for select vocal and instrumental ensembles, participated in Solo and Ensemble Festivals as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist, and sang with Michigan's All-State Honors Choir. Simultaneously, she performed outside of school, volunteering at senior centers and churches on a regular basis.
In high school, she began to study voice and acting privately and joined classes at a local dance studio. She performed in her first musicals during her high school years: Cats (Grizabella), Seussical the Musical (Bird Girl), Hair, Tommy, Annie Get Your Gun, and Fiddler on the Roof. It was also during this time that Liz was accepted into Boston Conservatory of Music's Vocal Institute Program for a summer intensive, pegging her interest in Boston area schools, and ultimately, influencing her decision to go to Boston University.
At Boston University, Liz studied psychology, minoring in music and speech pathology. She also studied private voice and performed in numerous shows outside of her required coursework, including several with student run organizations as well as with the Boston University School of Theatre. She spent two summers in NYC, studying at Manhattan School of Music's Professional Music Theater Workshop, Marymount Manhattan at the York's Musical Theater Intensive, and twice at CAP21's Professional Summer Training Program. Liz also applied to BU's study abroad program and spent a summer in Dublin, Ireland working at a small theatre company.
After graduating early from Boston University, Liz moved to NYC permanently to pursue musical theater professionally and to take on a marketing internship at Primary Stages. Not long after, she applied to Brooklyn College's MFA program in performing arts management. She was soon accepted as one of 7 out of 125 applicants and spent two years working behind the scenes at various companies throughout the city, including The Public Theater. Her graduate studies were invaluable and continue to inform her deep understanding of the business at large and her work as a performer. While in graduate school, Liz continued to perform and got involved with a New York City-based choral ensemble, Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) under the direction of Judith Clurman.
Since moving to NYC, Liz has had the incredible blessing to work behind scenes and on stage. She feels so grateful to be working as a performer at present.
(And yes. Belle is still my favorite Disney princess).