Adjunct Theatre Instructor
Phone: (805) 565-6260
Office Location: Porter Hall
9 AM - 12 PM Tuesdays
Shakespeare, Contemporary Irish Theatre, Medieval Theatre Practice, Mythopoetic Drama and Dramaturgy
Elizabeth Hess joins the Westmont theatre faculty for the 2010-2011 academic year as an instructor of dramatic literature, theatre history, and acting. Since 2002 Elizabeth has taught a variety of courses at Westmont in both the English and Theatre Arts departments, including courses in poetry, novel, drama, writing, and theatre history, and has twice co-led Westmont’s off-campus England Semester program. Teaching in two departments affords her an interdisciplinary view of the work of theatre artists as both interpreters of literature and practitioners of craft, and allows for an exploration of theatre from both sides of the curtain.
Elizabeth earned her B.A. from Westmont in 1998 with majors in both Dramatic Literature and English. While at Westmont she acted in a number of productions, including playing the title role in Everyman, and served as dramaturg for plays ranging from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to the musical Quilters. She received her M.A. from UCSB, where she directed Tom Stoppard’s “M” is for Moon, Among Other Things, and served as dramaturg for productions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Marisol, Back Bog Beast Bait, now then again, and By the Bog of Cats . . . . A Regents’ Fellow at UCSB, Elizabeth is currently engaged in doctoral studies on the work of contemporary Irish playwright Marina Carr.