College of Arts and Humanities
Elizabeth Brendel Horn

Elizabeth Brendel Horn, M.F.A.

Elizabeth Brendel Horn joined the faculty of UCF as an Assistant Professor in the graduate Theatre for Young Audiences program in Fall 2015. Her creative interests include race and diversity, body image, multimedia performance and digital storytelling, and devising.  

Previously, Elizabeth served six years as Artistic Director of the Timber Creek Thespians, where she directed MetamorphosesDoubtOedipus RexElektraA Midsummer Night’s DreamA Servant of Two MastersRabbit HoleUrinetownLegally BlondeChicagoAnything GoesThe Wizard of Oz, and Little Shop of Horrors. Additionally, Elizabeth mentored over twenty student-directed productions during her tenure and her adaptation of the Greek classic Elektra performed at The Orlando International Fringe Festival.

Elizabeth credits as a freelance director, teaching artist, consultant, dramaturge, and applied theatre artist include the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), First Stage (Milwaukee, WI), Adventure Theatre and ATMTC Academy (Glen Echo, MD), The Coterie (Kansas City, MO), Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Dr Phillips Center for the Arts, and Orange County Public Schools. Recent projects include director of a youth-devised adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar fused with Bob Dylan music in the Alliance Theatre's Collision Project; director of the new musical The Reckless Days of Robin Hood (The Coterie); director of "Never Stop Living," a devised ethnographic piece with individuals with acquired cognitive disabilities and neurotypical performers; director of "Once In My LIFE," a multimedia intergenerational devised piece in collaboration with Interdisciplinary Studies and UCF's Learning Institute for Elders; and The Justice Project, a collaboration of UCF and Orlando Repertory Theatre to that trains high school students to explore social justice issues as theatre artists, community activists, and dialogue facilitators. Elizabeth is also the PI of "I Am UCF," a campus-wide digital storytelling initiative celebrating the diverse stories among the campus body. 

Elizabeth serves on the boards of TYA/USA and Florida Theatre Conference (Theatre for Youth division chair) and is published with Theatre Topics, TYA Today, and Youth Theatre Journal. She holds an MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences from UCF and a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brenau University with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance.


  • M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences from University of Central Florida (2010)
  • B.F.A. in Theatre from Brenau University (2007)

Selected Publications


  • "'Do You See Me?' Power and Visibility in Applied Theatre with Black Male Youth and the Police." Youth Theatre Journal​, 31:2, 79-91. 2017.
  • “New Thoughts for New Ages and Stages: Teaching Artistic and Educational Responsibility in the Devising Process.” Theatre Topics. 2016. 

  • “Playing Ball with the Big League: Introducing Advanced Acting Methodologies.” 2016.

  • “What is Universal? Representing Race and Ethnicity in TYA.” TYA Today. 2015.

  •  “A New Direction.” Incite/Insight. September 2011.

  • “AATE and TYA/USA Take Action Against Bullying.” Incite/Insight. June 2011.

  • “The Twenty-First Century Education Director.” TYA Today. 2010. 

Book Sections/Chapters

  • Kaplan, Jeffrey S. and Elizabeth B. Horn. “Understanding Theater in Drama High: The Incredible, True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theatre.”  Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Content Areas. Edited by Paula Greathouse, Brooke Eisenbach and Joan Kaywell. R & L. 2017. 


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19344 THE6726 Advanced Tya Seminar Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available
No Description Available
19365 TPP6216C Theatre for Young Aud Tour Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81839 THE2000 Theatre Survey World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
92610 THE2050 Th Studies in Creative Drama Face to Face Instruction (P) W 12:30 PM - 03:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80433 THE2305 Script Analysis for Theatre Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available
No Description Available

No courses found for Summer 2018.

Updated: Nov 27, 2018

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