Dr Elizabeth H Nash PhD

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Theatre Arts and Dance
580F Rarig Center
330 21st Avenue South

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Cert.: Arts Administration, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1978.
  • Ph.D.: Theatre Arts, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1975.
  • M.A.: Theatre and Music, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY, 1971.
  • Fulbright Grantee: Opera, Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany, 1959-1961.
  • B.F.A.: Dramatic Arts and Dramatic Literature, Columbia University, New York City, NY, 1957.


  • actresses of stage and opera
  • African-American classical singers
  • singing
  • speech
  • textual analysis
Courses Taught
  • Th 3314 - Text and the Actor
  • Th 3361 - Introductory Musical Theatre
  • Th 1904 - Great Actresses of the Western World
  • Th 3365 - Intermediate Musical Theatre
  • Th 1361 - Singing for Musical Theatre
  • TH 3316 - Voice for the Actor
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Singing Through Signing: VASTA Annual Conference, Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN , July 29, 2013
  • "Spirituals Are a Part of Whatever I Am": Biannual Convention, National Association of the Teachers of Singing , July 2, 2006
  • Who's Afraid of Classical Text? (Workshop): Educational Theatre Association Annual Conference , October 3, 2003
  • "From Low D to High E: African-American Singers in Paris," The Jazz Age in Paris 1914-1940, Smithsonia Institution Traveling Exhibition: October 29, 2000
  • Member, German Equity:
  • Member, Voice and Speech Trainers Association:
  • Member, National Association of Teachers of Singing:
  • Speech consultant: 1975 - present


  • Leading Singer/Actress, Mistress of the Wardrobe, The Emperor's New Clothes, Children's Theatre Company, Minneapolis, MN: 1979 - 1980
  • European Operatic Career: Leading coloratura soprano: Hessisches Staatstheater (Kassel), Landestheater (Detmold), Theater am Domhof (Osnabruck), Pfalztheater (Kaiserslautern); Guest Artist: Amiens, Nancy, Strasbourg, Salzburg, 1961 - 1970
  • Operatic Roles Performed : Queen of the Night (Mozart's Magic Flute), Konstanze (Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio), Susanna (Mozart's Marriage of Figaro), Gilda (Verdi's Rigoletto), Violetta (Verdi's Traviata), Olympia (Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman), Zerbinetta (R. Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos), Rosina (Rossini's Barber of Seville), Adele (J. Strauss' Fledermaus), Elisetta (Cimarosa's Secret Marriage), Amor (Gluck's Orpheus and Euridice), Dew Fairy (Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel), Wood-bird (Wagner's Siegfried), Woglinde (Wagner's Gí¶tterdí¤mmerung), Edelknabe (Wagner's Tannhí¤user),
  • Geraldine Farrar, Opera's Charismatic Innovator, second edition. Nash, Elizabeth, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers , Author, 2012.
  • Life of Camilla Williams: African American Classical Singer and Opera Diva. Nash, Elizabeth, The Edwin Mellen Press, Editor, 2011.
  • Singing Through Signing: Nash, Elizabeth, American Society for Deaf Children, The Endeavor, Summer , 2010.
  • Autobiographical Reminiscences of African-American Classical Singers, 1853-Present: Introducing Their Spiritual Heritage into the Concert Repertoire. Nash, Elizabeth, The Edwin Mellen Press, Author, 2007.
  • A Day With Camilla Williams: Nash, Elizabeth, The Opera Quarterly, 18(2) , 2002.
  • The Memoirs of Sylvia Olden Lee: Premier African-American Classical Vocal Coach. Nash, Elizabeth, Sylvia Olden Lee, The Edwin Mellen Press, Co-Author, 2001.
  • The Master Singer: An Interview with Todd Duncan: Nash, Elizabeth, Patricia Turner, Forbes, American Legacy, V.4, #3 , 1998.
  • Singing Acting: Nash, Elizabeth, Applause Books, The Vocal Vision: Views on Voice By 24 Leading Teachers, Coaches & Directors , 1997.
  • Pieces of Rainbow. Nash, Elizabeth, Peter Lang, 1994.
  • The Luminous Ones: A History of the Great Actresses. Nash, Elizabeth, Peter Lang, 1991.
  • Always First Class: The Career of Geraldine Farrar. Nash, Elizabeth, University Press of America, 1981.
  • Who's Who in America, 2009 - 2012
  • Who's Who of American Women, 1999 - 2009
  • Contemporary Authors Online, 2001 - 2007
  • The Writers Directory, 1995 - 2012
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Grant-In-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship, 1995 - 1996
  • Bush Foundation Summer Fellowship, 1978