Tamera Izlar

Tamera Izlar



Work experience

Work experience
Jun 2013 - Jun 2014

Interim Department Chair

Goshen College

Mentored faculty, advised students, developed department meeting agendas and led weekly department meetings, attended and/or hosted schools meetings, collaborated with variant departments, developed/equipped spaces for learning, served as faculty club adviser, developed department and production budgets, served as producer for college productions, prepared press releases, organized and attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, developed professional connections and alliances, developed and implemented workshops, served as acting coach and/or coach for graduate programs and Irene Ryan's auditions, taught in areas of expertise, facilitated short and long term planning, led departmental recruitment efforts, trained and supervised house managers and ushers, and  supported the campus community and mission by attending departmental and institutionally sponsored events.

May 2010 - Jun 2013

Assistant Professor

Goshen College

Teach courses in Directing, Site Specific Learning, Acting, Scenework, Audition Techniques, Voice, Fine Arts for Children, Theatre History, Humanities, and Independent Acting Lessons.  Serve as producer for college productions, develop professional connections and alliances, develop and implement workshops, serve as acting coach and/or coach for graduate program auditions, train and supervise house managers and ushers for department productions,  attend departmental, schools, and faculty meetings, support the campus community and mission by attending departmental and institutionally sponsored events.

Jun 2012 - Jun 2012


South Bend Civic Theatre

Used The Jungle Book Musical Jr. and Suessical Musical Jr. to teach, inspire, and create a final presentation for guardians, family, and friends to view at the conclusion of a theatre summer camp.  Created programs for final event;  Note: camp participants ranged from kindergarten – third graders (5½; - 7 ½;).

Aug 2007 - May 2010


Howard University

Taught courses in Directing, Play Reading, Play Analysis, Acting, Creative Dramatics, Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History, and Service Learning.  Advised Student Directing projects and attended departmental and Division of Fine Arts meetings.  Served on Department Reaccreditation, Play selection, Senior Awards Program planning, and Scholarship awards committees.  Directed productions and organized international travel.  Served as secretary of the Division of Fine Arts (August 2008-May 2010).

May 2009 - May 2009

Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader

Bellas Artes

Noted as the number one arts school in the country of Santo Domingo/ Dominican Republic.

Co-taught a theatre workshop with the late Dr. Sherrill Johnson acclaimed “teacher choreographer, Fulbright scholar, and critical writer on culture, dance, and other topics” (Howard University). Project was organized and supported in part by Fulbright scholar Jamie L. Izlar, the late Blas Jimenez, an international author and acclaimed Afro-Dominican playwright, and by administrators of Bellas Artes, an arts school in the Dominican Republic.

May 2006 - May 2006

Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader

Western Illinois University "Conscience" Theatre Group/ Bellas Artes

Internal grant received from Western Illinois to travel to Santo Domingo and present workshops in partnership with the Sister Island Project.  Project in Santo Domingo was organized and supported in part by Fulbright scholar Jamie L. Izlar, international author and playwright Blas Jimenez, and by Administrators of Bellas Artes.

Mar 2006 - Mar 2006

Teacher/Workshop Leader

Sister Island Project

Guest Teacher and Workshop Leader in Monte Plata, Santo Domingo, and surrounding ares in the Dominican Republic.  March 11-17 2006.

Jan 2005 - 2006

Instructor, Introduction to Theatre

2004 - 2006

Guest Instructor (4 weeks), Black Theatre/ Film African American Studies Department

2004 - 2006

Guest Instructor, Improvisation

2005 - 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Theatre

Western Illinoius University
2004 - 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Directing

Jan 2005 - Jan 2005

Prop Artisan

Western Illinois University

Production: Kiss Me Kate, Western Illinois University, 2005, Director Marcus Olson.

2003 - 2004

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Acting with the Camera

Assisted Acting Professor Carolyn Blackinton with teaching, equipment set-up, and tear down.

Jan 2004 - 2004

Movement Workshop

2002 - 2003

Director and teacher

Actor's Guild of Lexington Stages Project

Summer 2002 - Directed and taught acting and directing.

Summer 2003- Taught writing and acting.

2000 - 2001

Performer and Teacher

Russell Elementary School

Taught, Acted, Directed, Presented plays, and lead workshops

Select Posters of Shows Directed

Professinal Development

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region III Festival Attended Respondent Workshop training (hosted by Carolyn Gillespie, a past KCACTF Regional Chair). Received certification to respond to KCACTF productions in Region III Saginaw, Michigan (January 2013)

Goshen College                                                                                                                

  • Teaching Online - an Introduction to Online Course Design Implementation and Facilitation for Moodle (Fall, 2011), Goshen College                                                                              
  • Families First Growing Up Great Summit (10/14/11), Goshen College                                                                                                                               
  • Enjoying the Adventure: Successful Approaches for Teaching What You Just Learned." Workshop lead by acclaimed author and educator Therese Huston (09/29/11)   Goshen College
  • How to Have Even Brighter and Harder Working Students" lead by Dr. Craig Nelson (10/28/10) Goshen College

Howard University                                                                                                                         *Courses below taken at Howard University Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning,and Assessment (CETLA)

DLSI Best Practices in Distance-Learning Seminar (5/24/2010)

WCSI Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar (5/17/2010)

IL09 Teaching with Digital Archives (3/30/2010)

CA06 Building a Digital Portfolio (03/02/2010)

ILSI Information Literacy Seminar (05/28/2009)

CRSI Course Redesign Seminar (06/06/2008)

GG01 Integrating Google Applications (03/06/2008)

CA10 Collecting Assessment Data via SurveyMonkey (02/19/2008)

BB06 Creating Tests and Surveys (02/07/2008)

PP02 Enhancing Your PowerPoint Presentations (01/29/2008)

BB14 Designing Coursesites for Easy Navigation (01/28/2008)

BB02 Getting the Most out of Discussion Board (01/14/2008)

BB07 Maintaining an Online Gradebook (1/14/2008)

BB15 Using Safe Assign to Deter Plagiarism (01/08/2008)

BB01 Building Blackboard Courses (01/07/2008)

VT03 Teaching with YouTube

IL06 Teaching with Wikis

Western Illinois University                                                                                                       Ethics Training Program for University Employees, from the Ethics Training and Compliance Center Western Illinois University (11/19/2005) 


May 2010 - Present


May 2009 - Present

Information Literacy

May 2010 - Present

Writing Across the Curriculum

May 2010 - Present

Distance Learning (DL)

Mar 2011 - Present

Social & Behavioral Research - Basic

CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
Jun 2010 - Jun 2011

At-Risk: Identifying and Referring Students in Mental Distress

Howard University

Discussions and Papers Presented

American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco, CA) May, 2012                       Presented paper entitled A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community." May, 2012.  Conference Final Program PDF

Indiana Latino Higher Education Council Conference (Goshen, IN) May 18, 2012   Co-presented a workshop entitled Photovoice methodology: Exploring student perspectives of educational access and equity through photography and creative writing (May 18, 2012) Conference Workshop Sessions and Schedule

Mid-American Theatre Conference "Work" (Chicago, IL) March, 2012                          Presented a paper entitled "A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community." (March 2, 2102) and served as an actor during the Playwriting Symposium in the play If Mac Wellman Were a Fly On the Wall by Audra Lord, Oakland University; Director: Season Ellison, Northern Arizona State (March 3, 2012) Conference Final Program

Hawaii international Conference on Arts and Humanities, (Honolulu, Hawaii) January, 2012Presented a paper entitled Theatre Embraces Hybrid Teaching -- An innovative Approach to Incorporating Distance Learning and Traditional Course Instruction in the Arts (January 10, 2012) Conference Final Program

Mid-American Theatre Conference “Poor Theatre?” (Chicago, IL) March, 2009               Chaired a session at the Mid-American Theatre Conference and presented a paper entitled “The Bluest Eye: Collaborating to recreate Morrison’s compelling story onstage with limited economic resources”.  March 6, 2009

Mid-American Theatre Conference (Kansas City, Missouri) February, 2008                        Attended, Chaired, and Presented

Presented a paper entitled Prison Theatre: Cutting Through the barriers of language. Chaired Directing Symposium 2 – Extreme Communities: New Discoveries, New Experiments   February 28, 2008

African Literature Conference (Macomb, IL) April, 2008                                               Presented, Acted, and Directed staged readings

Presented a paper entitled Setting the Stage: African Diaspora Women Playwrights. Selected two students from the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University to travel and participate in the stage readings. April 27, 2008 Conference program PDF

Women of August Wilson Talk Session, (Washington, DC) Spring, 2008                             Chair of discussion session, Howard University Spring, 2008

Juneteeth Festival, (Long Branch, NJ)  Summer, 2008                                                                 Directed a Stage Reading of a new play entitled Green, Honey, Love Summer, 2008 Workshop (Washington, DC) Spring, 2007

Conducted an acting workshop for Cass High School students interested in attending Howard University. Workshop was hosted at Howard University.  Spring, 2007

Published Theatre review (Washington, DC) September, 2007

Wrote a theatre review published on the DC Theatre Scene website for Romulus Linney's A Lesson Before Dying based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. The production was produced by the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland and published on September 29, 2007.

August Wilson Conference (Lexington, KY) April, 2008

Presented paper entitled The Voice Within April, 2008

Mid-America Theatre Conference (Chicago, IL) March, 2006                                                  Visualized and Coordinated a Round Table Discussion entitled Academic, Cultural, and Social Responsibility. Other members of the discussion panel included Stephen Harrick (Bowling Green, Ohio), Nancy Jones (Head of Acting at the University of Kentucky), and Darrel Willis Sr. (Producing Director Dunbar Repertory Theater Company, New Jersey). March 2-5 2006.

Mid-America Theatre Conference, (Kansas City, Missouri) March, 2005                                  Presented a paper entitled Ancient rhythmic voices deeply rooted within the African tradition of drumming, and its impact on movement, script analysis, and contemporary directors. March, 2005

Western Illinois University, Fall 2005 (Macomb, IL) Fall, 2004                                                       Participant and vital panel member of a Panel Discussion at Western Illinois University entitled Theatre as Civic Engagement: How Race Influences Characterization as part of the 6th Annual Campus dialogue on Multicultural Issues. (Presentation focused primarily on diversity in casting) Fall, 2004