Elizabeth Ann Michaela Keel is a native Houstonian, as well as a playwright, director, actress, dramaturg, producer, and novelist. Her plays have been read or produced by Shattered Globe Theatre (Chicago), Otherworld Theatre Company (Chicago), Stages Repertory Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella, METDance, Squeaky Bicycle (NYC), T.E.T.A., Landing Theatre Company, Cone Man Running, This Is Water Theatre, Nova Arts Project, Bootown, Fresh Produce’d (NYC), and 14 Pews, among others. She has published two novels: Running Into Trouble and Life After Myth. Elizabeth is proud to serve as the Houston Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild.
Her mentoring work with students is very important to her. She attended the Iowa Young Writers Studio as a teenager and has been dedicated to helping other young artists ever since. For example, she participated as a slam poetry coach for Houston's fiery teenage team, Metafour, at the 2016 Brave New Voices Festival in D.C. She also currently works as a teaching artist for Stages Repertory Theatre and Writers in the Schools, and previously taught for the Alley Theatre's education department for seven years. She spent 2018-2019 creating the role of Playwriting Liaison at the University of Houston.
Elizabeth holds two degrees from UH: a B.A. in Acting/Directing (2009) and an M.A. in Theatre Studies (2018). Her thesis work focused on the encouragement of meaningful science fiction onstage. Previous professors in playwriting include: Lanford Wilson, Mark Medoff, Mark Bly, Stuart Ostrow, Kate Pogue, Edward Albee, Rob Shimko, Theresa Rebeck, Rob Askins, and Chana Porter.