Managing Director

Having a love of the arts and being born into an artistic family, Liz Martinez has always desired to play a role in the development of artists in the entertainment field.  Upon earning a bachelor degree in 2002 from Woodbury University in Humanities and Management, Liz set out to the east coast to begin her career in the entertainment industry. Prior to joining

Theatre of Arts, Liz was the director of ‘The Black Lily: A Women in Music Series’ – a non-profit weekly event in Philadelphia that served to give female artists the opportunity to hone their artistic development.  Started at The Wetlands in New York’s Village in April of 1999 before moving to the permanent venue at The Five Spot in Philadelphia, the acclaimed series has featured performances by several of today’s most celebrated artists; Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Macy Gray are among the many artists that have graced the Lily stage.

As Managing Director for Theatre of Arts since November 2006, Liz oversees curriculum development, faculty management and general school operations.  Throughout her time at ‘TOA’ she has overseen the acquisition of our permanent theatre space – The Arena Stage & Cinema’ , as well as our recent membership of The National Association of Schools of Theatre, the highly regarded national accreditation agency.