Elizabeth (Lizz) Cruz Petersen is a playwright and translator. Her creative work approaches issues of women and gender, dealing with strong subjects such as AIDS, domestic abuse and incest, misogyny, and immigration issues. Her plays have been developed and produced by theaters in San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York City, Florida, and Mexico. She also wrote and directed a video for the Twin Cities Public Television, La verdad no duele, recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Expansion Grant.
Cruz Petersen’s writing credits also include a short story translation, “‘The Ship that Took Us to War: Fragments of a Novel in Progress’ by Carmen Duarte,” in Collateral Damage: Women Write about War, edited by Bárbara Mujica.
As a scholar, Cruz Petersen applies cognitive studies to her work, such as her book, Women’s Somatic Training in Early Modern Spanish Theater (Routledge 2017), which demonstrates how women subscribed to various somatic practices to prepare for a role. Her current manuscript combines fictional scenes with real-life historical accounts to reveal the lives of five extraordinary businesswomen who succeeded against all odds in early modern Spanish theater.
Lizz Cruz Petersen’s other writings comprise short stories, poetry, and a translation of a seventeen-century theater treatise.
Collateral Damage: Women Writing about War, edited by Bárbara Mujica https://www.upress.virginia.edu/title/5499