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Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Playwright, Educator, Decent Human Being

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s plays include Gee's Bend, Fresh Kills, The Flagmaker of Market Street, The Furniture of Home, White Lightning, Provenance, Looks Like Pretty, The Bone Orchard, A Requiem for August Moon, and Everything That’s Beautiful, as well as the TYA play, Georgia Mae James Unplugs America. Her plays have been produced at the Royal Court (London), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, KC Rep, Northlight, the Arden, B Street Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Hartford Stage, among others.  Elyzabeth has received commissions from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Alliance, Geva Theatre, and the Sloan Foundation.  Her most recent play, Zelda in the Backyard, will premiere at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2024. Elyzabeth also wrote two seasons of In Good Company, a scripted podcast produced by the New Conservatory Theatre. She is the recipient of the Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association and is the 2024 Tennessee Arts Commission Fellow.  Elyzabeth heads the playwriting program at Sewanee: The University of the South and is a Youngblood alum.  www.wilderwriting.net

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On Season Selections and Casting
Podcast

On Season Selections and Casting

9 April 2024

As universities put more emphasis on collaboration, inclusion, and student buy-in, theatre departments address these issues in their season planning and casting. In this episode, Dr. Colleen Rua, interim associate director and assistant professor of theatre, dives deep into the practices that the School of Theatre and Dance the University of Florida has put in place in order to create a more equitable planning and casting process.   

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On Teaching Difficult Material
Podcast

On Teaching Difficult Material

2 April 2024

Whether in rehearsal or in the classroom, theatre educators are often confronted with uncomfortable conversations. In this episode of Teaching Theatre, Megan Gogerty (University of Iowa) and Darren Canady (University of Kansas) discuss how they tackle challenging material in their classrooms, reframing the idea of what is “difficult,” getting to the root of discomfort, creating classroom agreements.

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On Teaching Work Ethic
Podcast

On Teaching Work Ethic

26 March 2024

Guests Jennifer Blackmer (Ball State University) and Marcus Lane (University of Montevallo) join host Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder for a deep dive into how theatre professors can help our students find a healthy, productive work-life balance.  

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Welcome to Teaching Theatre
Podcast

Welcome to Teaching Theatre

19 March 2024

Host Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder talks with Valerie Curtis-Newton (University of Washington) and Cynthia Henderson (Ithaca College) about the changes and challenges university theatre training programs are facing in this moment, as well as some strategies to address these issues. This premiere episode touches on many of the topics we will discuss throughout the season: work ethic, teaching difficult material, and reinventing the canon, and more.

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"...and scene."
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"...and scene."

20 May 2012

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder chronicles her adventures as a mother and playwright at the Alabama Shakespeare Festivals's Southern Writers' Project.

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Why Every Working Mother (Parent) Needs a Stage Manager
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Why Every Working Mother (Parent) Needs a Stage Manager

16 May 2012

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder continues her series on being a playwright and mother at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's Southern Writers' Project. This installment: developing a new play while parenting your child should surely come with a stage manager.

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Keep the Drama on the Stage
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Keep the Drama on the Stage

14 May 2012

Playwright Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder returns to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writers’ Project with a new play and a new kid. Follow Elyzabeth in this three part series as she tries to balance rewrites and rehearsals with the challenges of being a working mom on the road.

Teaching Theatre
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Teaching Theatre

A Podcast About the Practice and Pedagogy of Theatre Education

Curious to engage in dialogue with other educators about how they are addressing challenges that theatre departments face today, playwright and theatre professor Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder created Teaching Theatre as a resource to share with other theatre educators.