Liz joins Michigan State University’s Department of Theatre as Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. As a cross-over artist, Liz’s performing career spans musical theatre stages, classical concert halls and opera houses in addition to music videos, film and new media across Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis and New York City.
Her vocation as performing artist and educator led to community engagements with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Maestro Riccardo Muti, composer Anna Clyne, and included transformative work with the Chicago based youth development organization, Storycatchers Theatre as part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Citizen Musician Initiative.
As vocal technician and coach, students under Liz’s guidance sign to top agencies, perform on Broadway, National Tours and can been seen on major network television and film productions. Prior teaching appointments include, Metropolitan State University of Denver & Falmouth University at DIME-Detroit, Saginaw Valley State University and New York University.
Most recently, Liz held an inaugural position within the Department of Theatre Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy. During her time in Northern Michigan, Professor Gray formed a kindred connection with Traverse City based professional and forward-thinking theatre company, Parallel 45 Theatre. As both actor and director, she has been fortunate to share in amplifying works by three contemporary BIPOC playwrights, Nikki Brake-Sillá, Larissa Fasthorse, Monet Hurst-Mendoza.
Liz is an alumna of the coveted NATS Intern Program, previous recipient of a Presser Foundation Award, University of Michigan Graduate Fellowship and retired professional member of the Grammy Award Winning Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Liz sits on the board of 501(c)(3) organizations, The National Association of Teachers of Singing – Michigan Chapter and northern Michigan based, Mash Up Rock & Roll Musical. She is also an active member of both NATS and the Actors’ Equity Association. Born and raised in Southfield, Michigan, Liz holds degrees from Wayne State University, The University of Michigan and is working on a PhD in Educational Studies with a concentration in Urban Education at Eastern Michigan University currently exploring intersections of classism and racism in musical theatre education and training.