Lizzy Cooper Davis is an artist and scholar interested in how the arts can facilitate community conversation, resistance, and change. Particularly focused on black freedom movements, she has conducted research in Cuba, Brazil, and New Orleans, and her current project examines the cultural workers of the civil rights era. She has trained with Augusto and Julian Boal and used their methods in schools, community centers, and prisons. She is currently working at Jacob's Pillow as part of "Pitsfield Moves!," a ten-month community engagement project in Berkshire County, and the Dance and Social Change Working Group led by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Liz Lerman. Lizzy was the Facilitation Trainer for Anna Deavere Smith's "Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education" at the American Repertory Theater, a facilitator for the community engagement initiative for Claudia Rankine's play "The White Card" co-produced by the A.R.T and ArtsEmerson, and the humanities scholar and engagement partner for "The Peculiar Patriot" at ArtsEmerson. She also works as a consultant on black cultural history and arts- and values-based organizing with the Urban Bush Women and as a mentor for Live Arts Boston, a project of the Boston Foundation supporting Boston-area performing artists, presenters, and producers.
Lizzy has performed nationally as an actor in such theaters as Second Stage, The Public Theater, The Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, and The American Repertory Theater and with such directors as Liesl Tommy, Anne Bogart, and Mary Zimmerman. She has also worked in television, film, and radio. Lizzy co-edited Enacting Pleasure: Artists and Scholars Respond to Carol Gilligan's Map of Love (2010), her work on the freedom songs of the civil rights movement appeared in the roots music journal "No Depression," and she contributed a chapter on the Free Southern Theater's Story Circle methodology for the forthcoming volume Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education (Stylus, 2019).
A.M., Harvard University
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., Harvard University