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Office: 541-737-3067

Withycombe Hall

Withycombe Hall 161A

2921 SW Campus Way

2921 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Credentials: 
Theatre Generalist - Ph.D. (Theatre Arts - University of Oregon), MA (Theatre Arts - University of Oregon), BA (Theatre Arts and English, Creative Writing - Santa Clara University)

Instructor: Oregon State University 2006-current

Adjunuct Faculty: Willamette University 2006

Adjunct Faculty: Northwest Christian University 2006-2008

Graduate Teaching Fellow: University of Oregon 2000-2005

 

 

Office Hours: 
MWF 8:00-9:00 am or by appointment

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At OSU
Affiliated with: 
School of Arts and Communication
Courses Taught: 

Fundamentals of Acting I (TA 248)

Fundamentals of Acting II (TA 249)

Advanced Acting: Realism (TA 348)

Advanced Acting: Styles (TA 349)

Playreading (TA 144)

Introduction to Theatre Arts (TA 147)

Principles of Playwriting (TA 351)

Playwriting Workshop (TA 352)

Directors and Dramatists (TA 416)

History of Theatre (TA 350, 350, 352)

Multicultural American Theatre (TA 360)

Playscript Analysis (TA 344)

Theatre Arts Seminars (TA 408) - Shakespeare, History of American Musical Theatre, etc.

Research/Career Interests: 

Elizabeth Helman is originally from South Lake Tahoe, CA. She studied Theatre Arts and English (Creative Writing) at Santa Clara University and earned her BA in 2000. She received a Graduate Teaching Fellowship at University of Oregon where she earned her MA and Ph.D. in Theatre Arts. She wrote her Master Thesis on Holocaust drama and her doctoral dissertation on the drama of Suzan-Lori Parks. Her areas of interest include women's drama, post-colonial/postmodern drama, theatre history, women in religion, and playwriting. At Oregon State University Elizabeth teaches courses in acting, playwriting, theatre history, Intro to Theatre Arts, and dramatic literature. She has directed a variety of productions at OSU including Arcadia, Macbeth, A Bright Room Called Day, Three Sisters, Comedy of ErrorsA Midsummer Night's DreamLove's Labour's Lost, and The Diary of Anne Frank. She also serves as academic adviser for the Theatre Arts area. Elizabeth has worked as an actor, writer, and director for over fifteen years. She has directed a number of productions for the St. Louis Actors’ Studio, two of which (Topdog/Underdog and All in the Timing) have received St. Louis Theatre Circle nominations for “Best Director.” She also serves on the play selection committed for STLAS’s LaBute New Theater festival. Elizabeth was commissioned in 2014 to develop and direct a production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the Oregon Contemporary Theatre in Eugene where she has also directed The Great Gatsby, Silent Sky, and The Revolutionists. Currently, Elizabeth is currently collaborating with an ensemble of OSU students to devise an original work based on Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet.