Lizzy Cooper Davis
Class of 2017
Lizzy Cooper Davis is Assistant Professor of Applied Theater at Emerson College. She is an artist and scholar interested in how the arts can facilitate community conversation, resistance, and change. Particularly focused on black freedom movements, she has conducted research in Cuba, Brazil, and New Orleans, and her current project examines the cultural workers of the civil rights era. She has trained with Augusto and Julian Boal and used their methods in schools, community centers, and prisons. Additionally, she was the Facilitation Trainer for Anna Deavere Smith's "Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education" at the American Repertory Theater and works as a consultant on black cultural history and arts- and values-based organizing with the Urban Bush Women. She has performed nationally as an actor in such theaters as Second Stage, The Public Theater, The Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, and The American Repertory Theater and with such directors as Liesl Tommy, Anne Bogart, and Mary Zimmerman. She has also worked in television, film, and radio. Lizzy co-edited Enacting Pleasure: Artists and Scholars Respond to Carol Gilligan's Map of Love (2010) and her work on the freedom songs of the civil rights movement appeared in the roots music journal No Depression.