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Liz Engelman

Liz Engelman

Liz Engelman currently splits her time between The University of Texas at Austin and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, where she is the director of Tofte Lake Center, a creative retreat for artists of all disciplines. Engelman has worked as festival dramaturg and alumnae relations coordinator at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, and has served as the resident dramaturg of Mixed Blood Theatre, as literary director of McCarter Theatre, the director of new play development at ACT Theatre, literary manager/dramaturg at Intiman Theatre and assistant literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She's worked on the development of new plays across the country including The Playwright's Center, Denver Center, South Coast Repertory Theatre, as well as abroad.

Engelman is a current board member and former board chair and president of LMDA, as well as Ambassador-at-large for NNPN. She's a member of the National Theatre Conference and the New Project Group of ITI. She has edited several volumes of plays and monologues, most recently Hedgebrook Plays, Volume 1 with Christine Sumption.

Areas of Expertise

Dramaturgy, Playwriting, Entrepreneurship.


New Play Dramaturgy, Advanced Playwriting Workshop, Professional Development Workshop, Entrepreneurship in the Performing Arts, Playwriting III, Playwright/Director Colloquium.

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

The energy, leadership, passion and vision of our students. I learn from them and am inspired by them every day. And a faculty that is the best of the best.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

The people, the weather, the do-it-yourself vibe of the city, the fact that dogs are welcome on patios, Barton Springs and the fact that Rude Mechs live and work here. Austinites are some of the most authentic and genuine people I've ever met.

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