Associate Professor of Movement, Stage Combat and Acting
University of Florida
School of Theatre + Dance
TIZA GARLAND is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Florida where she teaches in the MFA, BFA, and BA programs. Her primary teaching responsibilities include teaching Movement for the Actor courses, Stage Combat, Period Styles Movement, and Dialects.
Professor Garland has a varied movement training background. She is a classically trained actor and has trained with the Dah Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia in Grotowski-based work. She studied Meyerhold's Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, as well as training with the United Stuntmen's Association in Seattle, Washington. She attended the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado where she trained in various aerial dance techniques and apparatus.
Professor Garland is a Certified Movement Analyst (CMA) of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA). She's a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), a Certified Teacher with British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat (BASSC), and a Senior Teacher with Dueling Arts International.
She is serving in her second term as President of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). She previously served as Vice-President of Programming, Secretary for the Executive Committee, Chair of the Stage Movement Committee, Chair of the Leighton Ballew Scholarship Committee, and served on the Long Range Planning Committee for SETC.
She has taught various movement and stage combat workshops and Master Classes at universities across the country, including Michigan State University, Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, Western Michigan University, Georgia College and State University, and Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. She taught workshops at state theatre conferences and regional, national, and international venues.
Tiza recently completed her course work towards a PhD in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University. She earned her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Theatre Pedagogy with a focus in Movement and Fight Direction, and she earned her BA in Theatre, Spanish and Asian Studies from Western Michigan University.