Carolyn Goelzer

Senior Lecturer


Carolyn Goelzer was a Minneapolis-based theater artist for more than 25 years, performing roles in most Twin Cities theaters (the Guthrie, Jungle Theater, Children’s Theatre, Illusion etc.) as well as stages on Kansas City, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and L.A.  She received a NY Innovative Theater Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role for her portrayal of Clytemnestra in Theodora Skipitares’ IPHIGENIA at LaMama ETC in NYC. She is a three-time recipient of the McKnight Individual Artist Fellowship (in Playwriting; Interdisciplinary Arts; and Theater Arts categories) and a Core alumna of the Playwrights’ Center. An actor in Cornell’s RPTA program from 2005-2008, she now teaches acting in PMA.

Research Focus

Carolyn is a 2016 Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow and is currently writing a new theater work about a young woman raised in a poison garden, inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story Rappaccini’s Daughter.

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