Liz Green is a social worker using creativity to address mental health issues, directs performances with people who might not consider themselves to be performers, and leads audience engagement initiatives for a variety of arts organizations.
As a mental health therapist working in community based settings in Philadelphia, she has an eclectic theoretical orientation based in constructivist approaches including Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, and also has experience in mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and anti-oppressive community engagement. These tools, built to evoke information, apply connections, and build rapport and trust have proven to be valuable in community engaged arts initiatives. With a particular interest in issues of social justice, she has facilitated conversations on issues of inequality (including Community Conversation on Race (Coalition for Social Justice, Bloomsburg), post-show discussions for A Fierce Kind of Love (Institute on Disabilities). She studied performance and civic dialogue with Cornerstone Theatre, Michael Rohd/Sojourn Theatre and Ping Chong and Company.
She is currently the director for OnStage Seniors: A Community Project of McCarter Theatre and therapist at Wedge Recovery Centers. Recent projects include creative team and engagement for The End, an immersive and individualized game exploring mortality and meaning with Swim Pony Performing Arts and evaluator for the Selinsgrove Center Arts Residency, a project of Temple University Institute for Disabilities.
She was the audience manager for Turbine, presented by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Leah Stein Dance Company. She assisted German performance company Rimini Protokoll in their production of 100% Philadelphia, presented by FringeArts and featuring the performances of 105 Philadelphians. As lead recruiter for Shakespeare in Clark Park's Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine, she managed the community partnerships that led to the 100-person community army who performed a huge outdoor battle scene in Summer 2014. She was an Audience Experience Manager for Team Sunshine Performance Corporation (The Sincerity Project, JapanAmerica Wonderwave, annual Regifting Party) and organizer for community events with JJ Tiziou Photography.
She produced the 2011 and 2012 First Person Arts Festivals and StorySlams in museums, community centers, theaters, and bars across Philadelphia. As part of FPA's community engagement program, she directed several original performances with community partners including The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, Achieving Independence Center, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
As Artistic Associate at Two River Theater in New Jersey, she facilitated audience engagement initiatives from 2007-2010, including the Local Artists Network and popular pre-show event BeforePlay. She has studied performance and civic dialogue with Michael Rohd and Sojourn Theatre and documentary theater with Ping Chong and Company. She earned her Masters in Social Work (Clinical) at Temple University.
Contact: lizdgreen (at) gmail.com