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Eliza Gardiner

Eliza Gardiner, Bio Picture

BFA Film, York University
MA Drama, University of Toronto

Eliza teaches theatre history, public speaking and applied theatre. Eliza’s scholarly focus on fifth century Attic tragedy has evolved into research of arts-based teaching practices, participatory theatre methodologies, and socio-political Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. A commissioned playwright and director with 20 years’ experience, Eliza owned and operated Red Room Studio children’s theatre company, is inspired by her regular summertime gig at Shambhala Music Festival, and is current General Manager of Nanaimo’s professional theatre company, TheatreOne. Eliza has presented at the Arts and Humanities Colloquium on “The Power of Indigenous Theatre”, is past VIU United Way Campaign Associate, and is current chair of VIUFA’s Human Rights and International Solidarity Committee. This 2016-17 academic year, Eliza will be supporting student learning as tutor in the VIU Writing Centre.