Executive Leadership: Tracy Liz Miller, Lizz Reeves Fidler, Brenda Jean Foley
Photo by Scott Hyder
Photo by Scott Hyder
Mission Statement: The Bridge Initiative is an Arizona nonprofit working to identify and empower female artists in the Southwest region, with the aim of gender parity across all theatrical disciplines. The mission also includes bridging the gap between academia and the professional world, encouraging students to envision a clearer path to becoming lifelong artists.
Tracy Liz Miller (Co-Producing Artistic Director) teaches Acting and Cinema Studies at Chandler-Gilbert Community College as well as pursuing freelance acting and directing projects. She continues to serve as an Associate Producer of Vermont Shakespeare Company in development, strategic planning, and consulting. She most recently played Titania/Hippolyta in FairyWorlds! with Southwest Shakespeare Company. Directing: How the World Began, for WAMTheatre of Western Mass; The 12 Dates of Christmas with Class 6 Theatre; Titus Andronicus (Improbable Fiction, NYC), Italian American Reconciliation (33 Productions NYC), Richmond Shephard One-Act Festival (NYC). Selected acting credits: Dora in The Swan (Chester Theatre Company), Molly in Dusk Rings a Bell (Shaker Bridge Theatre), Desdemona in Othello (NorthEast Shakespeare Ensemble), Julius Caesar in Julius Caesar (Tennessee Shakespeare Co.), Tekla in The Creditors (Miscreant Theatre Co, NYC), Hanna Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana (Penobscot Theatre), Sophia Hawthorne in The Kracken (Push Productions, NYC), Viola in Twelfth Night (Improbable Fiction, NYC). She has a BFA in Music Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Acting from Alabama Shakespeare Festival/University of Alabama.
Brenda Jean Foley (Co-Producing Artistic Director) moved to Tempe from New York City with her husband, Brian, who completed his MFA in Directing at ASU, and daughter, Robyn. Brenda has performed with iTheatre Collaborative (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and Love Disorder), Mesa Encore Theatre (Carousel, August: Osage County and The Full Monty, Zoni nom), the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre (The Sound of Music), and readings with Class 6. She started a popular monthly play-reading series with Mesa Encore Theatre. Previously, Brenda performed off- and off-off-Broadway, on tour, in regional theatre, and internationally. She founded a theatre company, the Cockeyed Optimists, who were the first to revive John Cariani's Almost, Maine in NYC. Also a writer, her screenplays have placed in national contests, and she wrote the book and contributed lyrics to an original musical, To Find Happy, which was part of the Emerging Artists Theatre New Works Festival in 2013. She has a BFA in Musical Theatre and a BA in English from the University of Michigan.
Lizz Reeves Fidler (Executive Director of Administration) currently works as a Vice President in Business Technology Integration for a major financial institution, in addition to pursuing freelance acting and singing projects. Lizz most recently played The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot for Fountain Hills Theater, which garnered her a Prizm Award for Best Actress in a Musical and an AriZoni Award nomination for the same. Her favorite regional theater credits include playing Alyson in A Grand Night for Singing and Connie in Hot ‘N Cole with director, Dee Dee Woods (Desert Foothills Theater), Mother in Ragtime (Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre), Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty and Peggy in Godspell (Mesa Encore Theatre), Joann in Godspell and BJ in Smokey Joe’s Café (Fountain Hills Theater), Sister Hubert in both Nuncrackers and Nunsensations, and Donna in The Taffetas (Copperstate Dinner Theater). Lizz also performed for The Year of the Child with President Ronald Reagan as keynote speaker, and sang for High Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. She also plays guitar and mandolin. Lizz served on the board of the Mesa Encore Theatre and has collaborated with Brenda Jean Foley in the production and direction of a cabaret series for MET. She has a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Musical Theater from The University of Arizona, and an MS in Information Technology from Arizona State University.