PCPA Actor Training - Resident Faculty
Professional Artists with a Passion to Teach
Elizabeth Stuart* – Actor, Mrs. Cratchit, A Christmas Carol

PCPA (returned 2007): Over 30 productions including Rose Stopnick Gellman, Caroline, or Change; Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Matron, Hairspray; Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Pride and Prejudice; Mrs. Darling, Peter Pan; Mrs. Macready/Mrs. Beaver, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Lady Macbeth, Macbeth; Mama, Distracted; Eulalie Shinn, The Music Man; Madame Thenardier, Les Misérables; Titania, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Betty Haynes, White Christmas; Mother, Ragtime; Valerie, The Weir; Emilia, Othello; Mother Abbess, The Sound of Music; Ginger, 1940’s Radio Hour

Other Theatres: Phoenix Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Center, The Great American Melodrama, Anteaus, GeVa Theatre.

Elizabeth Stuart as Mother, Ragtime Summer 2008
The Acting classroom is a special place. Students take tremendous risks in pursuing a craft that uses them so fully. In a room full of risk-takers, it falls to the teacher to create an environment with a firm safety net, and a strong sense of ensemble among the students. When students can drop their guards and play with one another, great discoveries are made. Safety is priority one.

It takes courage, discipline and diligence to pursue acting. An acting teacher is constantly asking the student for what is just beyond their reach. It is not enough that a student of the performing arts understand the material. They must be able to ‘do.’ Actors physicalize the text to tell a story, and they immerse their full selves into the work. The successful acting student is constantly working to instill the habits that will follow him throughout his training and professional years, and gaining mastery requires constant effort and struggle. I strive to implement these principles into my teaching, and to inspire students to invest and engage.

I love and feel honored to teach acting. I've hardly found anything else as challenging and rewarding as assisting young artists in their pursuit of a dream. The job is never done. I have never completed everything that can be done to teach more effectively. Nor will I ever. It's exciting to be involved in something that requires so much of you that you know you'll never reach the end of it. The more I teach acting, the more I recognize the student's own endless capacity for creativity. It is my job to keep them safe, hand down a great tradition of acting theory, and help them become great story-tellers.