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Liz Foster-Shaner

Gateway to the Arts/Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Teaching Artist
Liz Foster-Shaner has over fifteen years of experience with Freire, Boal, and TO, starting as an undergrad at UC Berkeley, double-majoring in Theatre and Political Science. TO was a paradigm shift for Liz, blending her majors into an impactful artistic and political practice, while breaking out of the rigid institutions of mainstream theater and politics. Liz completed her PhD in Theatre Research from UW Madison in 2013, with a focus on theatre for social change. While at UW, she taught Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness, using techniques from Boal and TO to engage students in dialogue and performance around issues of power, privilege, and systemic oppression. She also researched and practiced various approaches to community-based performance, in which whole communities are engaged in the process of storytelling and representation to build bridges and reflect on relevant local issues.
Following grad school, Liz coordinated an AmeriCorps mentoring program in CA and learned a lot about nonprofit/education administration. Liz is currently residing and working as a teaching artist in Pittsburgh, PA, developing and facilitating theatre for social change residencies with youth. She is also serving on the board and Local Conference Planning Committee for Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc..