Liz Engelman is a freelance dramaturg who splits her time between Whidbey Island, WA, and Ely, MN. She has served as the literary director of the McCarter Theatre; the director of new play development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington; literary manager/dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre; and assistant literary manager at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has worked on the development of new plays at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Theatre Projects, New York Theatre Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, and Florida Stage. She has directed new plays at The Illusion Theatre (with Michael Dixon), Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, and Carleton College.
Engelman has been a guest at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught playwriting at Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and The Playwrights' Center. She studied dramaturgy and new play development at Brown and Columbia universities, where she received her BA and MFA in theatre and dramaturgy, respectively.
Engelman is the co-editor with Michael Bigelow Dixon of several collections of plays and a new book on playwriting exercises, and of two volumes of monologues with Tori Haring-Smith. She has written articles published in Theatre Topics and Theatre Forum. She serves on the Advisory Board of the National New Play Network and Emigrant Theatre, is a consultant for The Playwrights' Center (where she helped initiate their New Plays on Campus Program), and is a dramaturg at Mixed Blood Theatre.
Most recently, Engelman served as president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and has just completed a three-year term as LMDA’s Board Chair. She is a member of the New Project Group of ITI, is working with Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, and is the founder and co-director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat up in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota.
Tofte Lake Center
Tofte Lake Center is a creative retreat center located on the shores of a beautifully secluded lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Minnesota.
The Playwright’s Workout
Is it really possible to teach someone how to write a play? Nobody knows for sure. But what editors Engelman and Dixon have done in this text is as close as you're going to get to a resounding yes ....▶
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
Engelman served as president of the organization, which seeks to promote dramaturgy and create a North American network of dramaturges ....▶