Elizabeth Brendel Horn joined the faculty of the University of Central Florida as an Assistant Professor in the graduate Theatre for Young Audiences program in Fall 2015. Her creative interests include race and diversity, body image, multimedia performance and digital storytelling, and devising.
Previously, Elizabeth served six years as Artistic Director of Timber Creek Thespians, where she directed Metamorphoses, Doubt, Oedipus Rex, Elektra, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Servant of Two Masters, Rabbit Hole, Urinetown, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz, and Little Shop of Horrors. Additionally, Elizabeth mentored over twenty student-directed productions during her tenure and her adaptation of the Greek classic Elektra performed at The Orlando International Fringe Festival.
Elizabeth works as a freelance director, teaching artist, consultant, dramaturg, and applied theatre artist. Credits include the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Adventure Theatre and ATMTC Academy (Glen Echo, MD), The Coterie (Kansas City, MO), Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Dr Phillips Center for the Arts, and Orange County Public Schools. Recent projects include director of a youth-devised adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar fused with Bob Dylan music in the Alliance Theatre's Collision Project, director of the new musical The Reckless Days of Robin Hood (The Coterie); director of "Once In My LIFE," a multimedia intergenerational devised piece in collaboration with Interdiciplinary Studies and UCF's Learning Institute for Elders; and co-founder and co-director of The Justice Project, a collaboration of UCF and Orlando Repertory Theatre to train male minority students in devising and theatre techniques, which the students then facilitate in a workshop with police officers to share stories and build community.
Elizabeth serves on the boards of TYA/USA and Florida Theatre Conference (Theatre for Youth division chair) and is published with Theatre Topics, TYA Today, and Youth Theatre Journal. She holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from UCF and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brenau University with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.