Elizabeth Yoder; originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the Production Manager for Performing Arts Services in the College of Arts + Architecture. In addition, she freelances in stage management, has coached baton twirling and color guard.
Having recently moved to Charlotte, Elizabeth previously worked as the Manager for Technical and Event Services in the Students Affairs Division at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (SU), managing close to 4,200 events per year in multiple venues. In addition to her main position, she served as the Majorette and Color guard consultant for the Red Raider Marching Band, 2015–2017. In 2017, Elizabeth joined the Music and Theatre department teaching technical theatre and serving as faculty advisor for senior showcases. She is the recipient of the Drum Major for Justice Award, presented by the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs (2020) and the Women’s Center award (2019). While at SU, she was a member of the 2019 Presidents Leadership Academy, the 2019 Homecoming Coordinator for the royalty Court, and served as the advisor for Act V Theatre Company. Outside of student work at SU, her favorite production management work includes campus Concerts: Panic! At The Disco, Ludacris, and Fetty Wap.
For ten years, Elizabeth traveled the world both at sea and on tour with Carnival Cruise Lines (CCL) and V-Star Entertainment (formerly VEE Entertainment Corporation). With CCL, she was a backstage manager for automation on board the Triumph, Miracle, Liberty, Pride, Magic, and Freedom. She also served as the Fly On Travel Coordinator for Casting and Booking, Entertainment in the home office, and as the Special Projects Coordinator for Technical Entertainment traveling throughout the entire fleet. With V-Star, Elizabeth worked as Head Audio and Assistant Electrician on the international tours of Sesame Street Live’s Super Grover, Ready For Action, Elmo Makes Music, and the National Tour of My Little Pony Live, The World’s Biggest Tea Party.
Regional theatre credits include Totem Pole Playhouse (Fayetteville, PA), Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA), Kitchen Theatre Company (Ithaca, NY), Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope, PA), and Luhrs Performing Arts Center (Shippensburg, PA). She is a founding member of the Shippensburg Theatre Collaborative.
The set that inspired her most was Hot’l Baltimore, designed by one of her mentors, Robert Lewis Smith. Her motivation in theatre lies within the audience and knowing that for the time they are in the venue, they can leave the world behind and watch the magic of what is on stage because of her and the team she is working with.
Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania (KU) with an emphasis in Stage Management, Scenic, and Stage Combat. She is an alumni member of the National Sorority, Tau Beta Sigma, and an active member of the Graduate Organization of Bands at KU. Elizabeth has earned her OSHA 10 Card, ESA Training certificate, and holds professional memberships with the Stage Managers Association (SMA) and United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT).