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Elizabeth Tanner (she/her/hers)

  • Acting Instructor
  • Music and Theatre Arts

Elizabeth holds her M.F.A. in Acting/Performing Arts from Roosevelt University and her B.A. in Speech/Theatre from St. Olaf College.  She studied Acting, Movement, Mask, Shakespeare, and Voice with Patsy Rodenburg at the Royal National Theatre in London, England.  Her professional directing and acting have taken her all over the United States and abroad. Tanner served as an actor or director for productions at Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, Provision Theatre Company, Melvin Theatre, Majestic Theatre, NewBridge Theatre Company, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, St. Croix Off Broadway, and Porchlight Musical Theatre Company. Film credits include Edge of the Road (Indianapolis Film Festival Lead Actor award winner).  Tanner toured with the St. Olaf Choir, was awarded a MRAC grant, and held the title of Artistic Director for NewBridge Theatre Company. 


Acting 1 | THEA 130

American Musical Theatre History | THEA 320-001

Theatre Appreciation |  THEA 101 

Musical/Play Director

Voice and Diction | THEA 223

Stage Movement | THEA 239

Theatre Seminar | THEA 490

Acting-Major Roles | THEA 370

Acting-Minor Roles/Chorus | THEA 170-001

Assistant Stage Manager | THEA 171-001

Stage Manager/Assistant Director | THEA 371-001



Research and Creative Activities

THE TURNED LEAF written by Elizabeth Tanner
2013 A full length play based on one woman’s struggle with borderline-personality disorder and the subsequent effect it has on family and friends.
Debuted in the spring of 2013 in conjunction with the Minnesota Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health Association of Minnesota

FURIES, THE DREAD ONES written by Elizabeth Tanner
A full-length trilogy based off of The Oresteia Trilogy.


M.F.A. | Performance | Roosevelt University

Acting | Royal National Theatre, London 

B.A. | Speech/Theatre | St. Olaf College



SEL and Mindfullness Coach


Honors and Recognitions

MRAC Minnesota Regional Arts Council Full Arts Activities Grant winner | $10,000 for her A CHRISTMAS CAROL Adaptation and Performance

Film Acting Indianapolis Film Festival | Best Actress Award | THE EDGE OF THE ROAD| August

Roosevelt University Best performing student graduate scholarship

Royal National Theatre Entrance Scholarship for the Summer in London England program

After Dark Award Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier | KABUKI LADY MACBETH | Best Ensemble

St. Olaf College St. Olaf Choir | Soprano | Soloist for the St. Olaf Choir

Toured with the choir US and Denmark/Norway

St. Olaf College Vocal Scholarship for Opera Studies

Previous Professional Experience

Artistic Director | NewBridge Theatre Company

MRAC (Minnesota Regional Arts Council) Grant Adjudicator

Midwest Artist Academy |  Instructor of Theatre