CentroNía’s Community Arts Producer Elizabeth Bruce is a writer, educator, theatre artist, and arts producer originally from a small Gulf Coast Texas town. CentroNía’s Theatrical Journey Playbook: Introducing Science to Early Learners through Guided Pretend Play, authored by Elizabeth, details the innovative, hands-on STEAM (STEM + Art) project she developed at CentroNía. The Playbook was a finalist for three national indie book competitions. She’s received fellowships from the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation, the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, and Poets & Writers. Elizabeth’s debut novel, And Silent Left the Place, won Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize, and distinctions from the Texas Institute of Letters & ForeWord Magazine. She’s published short stories in journals or anthologies in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Malawi, one of which is nominated for a Pushcart Prize. As an actor she performed widely in Denver/Boulder and Washington, DC. In 1983, with her husband, Michael Oliver (and another colleague), she co-founded Sanctuary Theatre, a nonprofit, transcultural theatre and educational organization, on the 1400 block of Columbia Road, and soon began her 30+ year alliance with CentroNía as an afterschool/early childhood teaching artist.
She and Michael have lived in DC for 35+ years and raised their two adult children, Maya and Dylan (both CentroNía alums) in the NE DC Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood.