Achievement in the Liberal Arts Award – Reunion 2007

The theater has claimed Liz Timperman’s allegiance since childhood.  She fell in love with Drew’s campus at first sight, but what really lured her to The Forest from Manhasset, New York, was Drew’s excellent Theatre Arts department.

The 80s and early 90s were an exciting time to be at Drew, where the arts gained from then-President Thomas H. Kean’s enthusiasm for the arts and his keen interest in the theater.  Liz, who was the first recipient of the President’s Award in Theatre Arts, majored in theatre arts and political science and was active in the Drew University Dramatic Society (DUDS).  She has wonderful memories of the late Joseph Patenaude’s inspired teaching and mentoring.

It was not long before Liz began to make a difference in the theater world in a series of award-winning companies.  By 1995 she and two friends had founded Pure Orange Productions, a non-profit theater production company committed to staging new plays by emerging playwrights at affordable prices.  A year later, Liz joined Danny DeVito’s Jersey Films to manage their New York office.  In 1998 she produced a short film, Why Don’t You Dance, which was selected for the Hamptons Film Festival.  After major production responsibilities with The New Group and the Signature Theater Company, she began a five-year stint as executive director of New York Stage and Film in 2002.  There she managed all operations, from script selection to fundraising, marketing, and hiring all artistic, production, and administrative staff, to produce 12 to 20 new plays and musicals by emerging and established artists annually.  She recently became executive director of Olympus Theatricals, where she looks forward to continuing her work as a theater producer.

Liz has stayed in touch with Drew, serving first on a Theatre Arts panel and then, in 2004, speaking on performance theory and regional theatre differences as a Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Series speaker.  She and her husband, attorney Benjamin Malin C’90, live in New York City with their one-year-old daughter, Sally Rose.