A justice-centered educator, advocate and artist, Liz Gray is an alumna of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance whose professional artistic experiences span collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Maestro Riccardo Muti and The Chicago Symphony to a range of musical, operatic and concert productions throughout the U.S. and abroad.
As a vocal technician and coach, her students are actively engaged across stage, television, film, new media and commercial music industries and exist in these spaces as socially conscious innovators within their respective fields. Previous faculty appointments include Michigan State University, Interlochen Arts Academy, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Falmouth University at DIME-Detroit, Saginaw Valley State University, and New York University.
As both actor and director, Liz has worked with Parallel45 Theatre in their efforts to amplify new works by contemporary BIPOC playwrights including Nikki Brake-Sillá, Larissa Fasthorse, and Monet Hurst-Mendoza. Most recently, Liz directed and facilitated Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall at Michigan State University initiating anti-racist, anti-oppressive production efforts to center student artistic experiences, engage the ensemble in critical thought and uplift local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
Liz holds degrees from Wayne State University, The University of Michigan and is a recipient of the King-Chávez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship from Eastern Michigan University where she is pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Urban Education currently exploring intersections of classism and racism in musical theatre education/training concurrently with social identity and casting. Liz is a member of Actor’s Equity and currently serves as the Michigan District Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing.