facets of the work
Lizzy believes in magic, teenagers, poetry, and courage. She loves teaching and making in all its forms. She is deeply invested in the healing arts, having had her life transformed by the energy work of Leticia Kagan at Beauty & Soul Spa in Chicago and in 2020 apprenticing under her in learning this practice.
Lizzy has been creating and directing site-specific theater work since 2011. Her original work as a playwright (I'll Give You the Moon, 2013) and director (Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, 2014) has been performed in venues throughout Chicago, at readings with the Woolgatherers in NYC (The Between, 2019) and at the Midtown International Theater Festival (The Angels Will Let You Fall, 2016). In February 2020, she directed as part of the Nightlight Festival for young audiences with Ghostlight Theater. Next Stop, a dance film created in collaboration with choreographer Keli Gunn was featured at Jump/Cut, a dance film festival in NYC in February 2020.
Lizzy May created the nonprofit Backyard Chicago Ensemble in collaboration with Francesca Bonifacio, and devised an original trauma-responsive theater curriculum as a part of a team of educators, artists, and administrators. She piloted this curriculum in and out of schools and worked with several of Chicago's brilliant teaching artists in its implementation. She has had the pleasure of working creatively with youth in Chicago Public Schools since 2013 and the great delight of being a teaching artist at the Chicago Children's Theatre. In the summer of 2020, she collaborated with the Chicago Children's Theatre and Lurie Children's Hospital on a trauma-responsive curriculum for children age 5-8 and was an invited panelist in December of 2020 on a trauma-informed arts webinar. She serves as an online instruction consultant for the Chicago Children's Theatre and for educators throughout the country, specializing in engaging, embodied instruction in this strange digital space.
She believes firmly in zines and is working on a young adult novel atm, thank you so much for asking.