Producing Director, Noh Training Project
ELIZABETH DOWD began her study of Noh in Tokyo 1992 with Richard Emmert and Omura Sadamu through a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. That experience led her to co-found with Mr. Emmert, the Noh Training Project at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, where she has served as Producing Director and faculty over the past nineteen years. Through NTP, Elizabeth has continued her Noh training with Mr. Emmert and with Matsui Akira and Oshima Kinue. She studied kotsuzumi with the late Kama Mitsuo and continues her studies with Joyce Lim and James Ferner. A Founding Member of Theatre Nohgaku, Elizabeth has performed with them in At The Hawk’s Well, Pine Barrens, Crazy Jane and Pagoda (2009 European and 2011 Asian tours), With NTP, Elizabeth performed in the NTP 10th and 15th Anniversary productions of Kurozuka and Funabenkei and the 2012 performance of Atsumori. She teaches Noh workshops at universities across the United States. In 2013, Elizabeth directed Joanna Rotte’s The Beautiful Life of the Woman Komachi at Villanova University. She is currently working on her first English Noh play, Gettysburg. In addition to her work in Noh, Elizabeth is a 35-year member of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble where she acts, directs, and teaches. She has been as an adjunct professor at Bloomsburg University of PA and is an active, rostered Artist in Education through the PCA. Elizabeth has served on several arts panels including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Fulbright Senior Scholar Selection Panel and the Pew Charitable Trusts Philadelphia Theatre Initiative. In 2013 Elizabeth was selected as the Roe Green Visiting Artist at University of Colorado, Boulder directing, These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich.
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