Donna Tanzer, Associate

Ms. Tanzer has directed 25 plays on the high school level with a major focus on classics; directorial credits include William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Lawrence and Lee’s Inherit the Wind, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and The Matchmaker. She and Lynn Clark co-wrote an original stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which she also directed for West Allis Central High School in 2004. Ms. Tanzer also worked as an editor for Lost and Found: the Cartie Method of Reclaiming Students by David Boers, Ed.D. and is currently editing another book for Dr. Boers. Her essay, “Teaching Tone in Macbeth” will appear in an Advanced Placement teaching guide currently in development by the College Board. Ms. Tanzer has also acted with several local theatre companies including Waukesha Civic Theatre and the West Allis Players and is an accomplished cabaret singer.

Donna Tanzer is currently an adjunct writing instructor in the Liberal Studies Division of the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She has also taught all levels of high school English, (including Advanced Placement English Literature, British Literature, American Literature, Business English, Classics of Science Fiction) and many other courses for over 30 years and she has served as a Educational Testing Services Faculty Consultant (Exam Reader) for the Advanced Placement English Literature exam. A cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota—Duluth with a B.S. in English and Speech (Theatre Emphasis), she earned an M.A. in Education (Teacher Development) from Marian College in Fond du Lac.


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