Theatre & Dance

Liz Clarke

Class of 2007
Major/Minor: Drama/History

From a young age, Liz wanted to do either one of two things: be a teacher, or be a theatre director. While attending Washington College, she realized she wanted to do both.


Liz is currently in her fourth year working as the Drama Director at The Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland. “Working with high school students, and seeing them work towards a goal and getting them excited to learn about something I love is the most rewarding experience,” she says. “Part of what I enjoy about directing so much can be summed up in Stephen Sondheim’s song ‘Putting It Together’ from Sunday in the Park With George: bit by bit, putting it together, piece by piece, only way to make a work of art.”


“My job at Gunston is ideal,” Liz says. “It is a small, private school located on the Corsica River with a rigorous academic program. My students are some of the most talented, hard-working, and creative individuals I’ve had the pleasure of working with! The focus on small class sizes is what I found appealing about Gunston, much like what drew me to Washington College.”


Liz is also the Administrative Assistant at historic Church Hill Theatre in Church Hill, Maryland. Read why Liz enjoys working in non-profit community theatres here.


Favorite Classes at Washington College?

I learned so much in Dale Daigle’s DRA 221 Directing I class. It was this class that really solidified my ambition to have a career in the performing arts. Garry Clarke’s MUS 100 Intro to Music class was another one of my favorites. I still have the music we learned from this course on my iTunes (Josquin Desprez’s “Ave Maria” is a favorite of mine), and I listen to it frequently!


Favorite Professor at Washington College?

Professor Striner. His lectures are so enthusiastic, as is his personal wardrobe! I ended up taking four classes with him, and picking up an unexpected minor in history.


Favorite Memory at Washington College?

Being a “faculty brat!” I have had 27 years of wonderful memories at Washington College!

But, the two memories that stick out the most are the Renaissance Dinner and Bach’s Lunch, which were two events funded by the Music Department that unfortunately are no longer traditions celebrated at WC.

Directing Credits
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee (2007, Washington College)
  • Five Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball (2013, Church Hill Theatre)
  • You Can’t Take It With You by George S. Kaufmann and Moss Hart (2014, The Gunston School)
  • The Spoon River Project by Edgar Lee Masters, adapted by Tom Andolora (2015, The Gunston School)
  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and conceived by Rebecca Feldman (2015, Avalon Theatre)
  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile by Steve Martin (2016, The Gunston School)
  • Visit to a Small Planet by Gore Vidal (2016, Church Hill Theatre)
  • Bugsy Malone, Jr., book by Alan Parker, music and lyrics by Paul Williams (2016, Church Hill Theatre)
  • Metamorphoses, based on the poems by Ovid, by Mary Zimmerman (2017, The Gunston School)
Campus Involvement
  • Washington College Vocal Consort
  • Club Field Hockey
  • Equestrian Club
  • The Pegasus Yearbook
  • Admissions Tour Guide