Theatre Arts Sr. Instructor II - Program Coordinator

Office: 541-737-3067

Snell Hall

Snell Hall 131

2150 SW Jefferson Way

2150 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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

Adjunct Faculty: Willamette University 2006

Adjunct Faculty: Northwest Christian University 2006-2008

Graduate Teaching Fellow: University of Oregon 2000-2005




BA - Theatre and English (Creative Writing) - Santa Clara University
MA/Ph.D. - Theatre Arts - University of Oregon

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

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Affiliated with: 
School of Visual, Performing and Design Arts
OSU Main Campus
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 330, 331, 332)
  • Multicultural American Theatre (TA 360)
  • Playscript Analysis (TA 344)
  • Theatre Arts Seminars (TA 408) - Shakespeare, History of American Musical Theatre, etc.
  • Theory and Criticism (TA 444)
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, Script Analysis, 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 Dream, Romeo and Juliet, 1984, Shakespeare in Love, Love's Labour's Lost, and The Diary of Anne Frank. She also serves as academic advisor 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.” 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, The Revolutionists, and a world premiere of Andrea Stolowitz's play Successful Strategies. Elizabeth recently developed an OSU Theatre podcast, Dam the Distance with Oregon State University Theatre as a platform for interviews with industry professionals, sharing theatre dramaturgy, and releasing creative content from the University Theatre.