Tamera N. Izlar has a BFA in Acting from the University of Kentucky and a MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University. Dedicated to allowing voices previously unspoken to become heard, she has worked short and long-term with variant communities to respect, remember, write and perform their own stories. Additionally, she has used theatre as a vehicle in which to prevent recidivism and promote education as an English as a Second Language (ESL) and Job Skills Instructor for both immigrant and non-immigrant incarcerated inmates. Currently, she is employed as an Assistant Professor of Theater at Goshen College where she also works with the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning to develop programs which empowers participants to discover, respect, and share their perspectives.
Courses Taught at Goshen College
Directing, Site Specific Learning, Acting , Acting Scenework, Audition Techniques, Fine Arts for Children, Humanities, and Independent Acting Lessons.
Plays Directed at Goshen College 2010 -
A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller
Translations, Brian Friel
A Gentler Place, Jeff Carter (2010 Peace Play Winner)
Select Conferences/ Presentations
American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco, CA) May, 2012 Presented paper entitled A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community.” May, 2012.
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)
Mid-American Theatre Conference “Work” (Chicago, IL) May, 2012 Presented a paper entitled “A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community.” (March 2, 2012) 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)
Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, (Honolulu, Hawaii) January, 2012 Presented a paper entitled Theatre Embraces Hybrid Teaching — An innovative Approach to Incorporating Distance Learning and Traditional Course Instruction in the Arts (January 10, 2012).
Projects and Mentoring
Photovoice Project Co-Director through the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (CITL), Goshen, IN. August 2011 – May 2012
Worked with a group of Goshen College and Goshen High School students in a Photovoice project to examine educational access for Latino families. The study uses Photovoice methodology which is an action research methodology designed to provide an opportunity for community members to identify and represent important issues in their community. The 2011 community research project ,” a Photovoice Project sponsored by CITL and the Theater and Art Departments was entitled “Education as a Life Journey: Personal, Cultural and Political Paths of Latino Youth. The 15 week project cumulated with a touring exhibit. The project involved taking photographs and writing narratives which expressed participants’ perspectives on their lives, schools and communities. The 2012 study engaged “Students of Color” from Goshen College in an analysis of the intercultural nature of their schools and communities. The overarching questions for this research were the following: How does your campus or school community reflect an intercultural environment? What barriers continue to exist to creating an intercultural community? In what ways do you see yourself and your culture reflected in the culture of your college/school? Where are the spaces, places or times in which you do and do not feel you belong on campus/in school?
Mock Interviewer, Goshen College (Goshen, IN) Career Services Spring and Fall semesters 2011-2012. Conducted practice interviews and reviewed resume with student participants.
Region III KCACTF Festival 2011-2012
- Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship “Auditions Selector” 2012 (University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL)
- Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship “Auditions Respondent” 2011 (Michigan State University in Lansing, MI)
- KCACTF Respondent to Ntozanke Shange’s For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf (Miami University) February, 2012.
Professional Development and/or Training (Goshen College)
Online Manager’s Training for Implementing and Executing Performance Reviews (June, 2012), Goshen College
Unlawful Harassment-Employee/Manager Training (June 2012), Goshen College Unlawful Harassment Training – Manager/ Supervisor Module Unlawful Harassment Training – Employee Module – Non-California
I-pad Training, (May, 2012) Goshen College
“Teaching Online – an Introduction to Online Course Design Implementation and Facilitation for Moodle” Goshen College Instructor: Floyd Saner (Fall, 2011)
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