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Elizabeth Carlin-Metz

Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts

At Knox Since: 1995

Elizabeth Carlin-Metz joined the Knox faculty in 1995. Her teaching
interests include acting, directing, voice for the actor, contemporary
and cutting edge dramatic literature and performance. She is also the
advisor for the Roger Williams University London study abroad program.

Why Knox?
It is the place where a professor is a person and a part of the fabric of the life of the institution. Knox is a living reflection of the people who live and work here creating community and learning alongside one another.

What are your current scholarly interests?
Realizing dramatic text on stage and questioning the nature of creativity and performance.

What surprises you about Knox students?
How they continually surprise themselves by how much farther they can go.

How has interacting with students affected your own academic interests and research?
Knox students work courageously to embrace the risks that being creative demand and thus they advance my understanding of human emotion and the ability to inhabit another persona.

Do you have any advice for students who are considering studying at Knox?
Trust yourself and leap.

What would you be if you weren’t a professor?
I have no clue, but it might entail rhubarb.

What is your favorite thing about Galesburg?
It is such an example of Mainstreet, USA, and you can read all of the political and sociological policy decisions made for the last 40 years right on the face of the city.

Can you give an example of a Knox graduate who has gone on to do interesting things?
There are so many: Ross Kelly who thought he was going to film school at CalArts and has ended up helping to run an orphanage in South Sudan; Krista Anne Nordgren who has opened an entrepreneural business with her sisters to promote original artists on a thriving website; Eden Newmark who is finishing an M.S. in social work with which she plans to work with at-risk teens in anger and emotion impulse management via yoga; Jason Cascio who finished a Ph.D. in cellular research working on diabetes and Parkinson's disease and who is now planning to go to medical school so that he is not isolated in a lab; Heather Courtney who has an M.S. and works with autistic young adults; Don Harmon, lawyer and state senator; Monica Berlin and Cyn Kitchen, published authors and members of the faculty in creative writing, etc. etc. etc.

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