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Elisabeth Speckman (Giffin) proudly received her MFA in Fiction from Butler in 2016, and has a BA in Theatre and English-Creative Writing from Denison University, where she graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
While a graduate student at Butler, Elisabeth was involved in the Butler Bridge Program as an elementary mentor, graduate marketing assistant, and Assistant Coordinator. She also served as both a poetry and fiction reader for Butler MFA's literary magazine, Booth, and as an FYS teaching fellow for two years. She has been a lead elementary teacher for the Butler University Creative Writing Camp since 2015, having been an elementary mentor before that.
Elisabeth enjoys acting and directing, and has taught and directed children’s theatre for CYT Indy, The Artists’ Studio, Fishers UMC, and Carmel Theatre Company. She won the 2015 Best Major Supporting Actress in a Drama award from the Encore Association for her role in CCP's August: Osage County, and has appeared in several commercials, as well as locally onstage in productions at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Carmel Community Players, Amalgamated Stage Productions (The CAT), Garfield Shakespeare Company, Spotlight Players, Theatre on the Square, and IndyFringe.
She mainly writes young adult fiction, plays, and screenplays, but enjoys all forms and genres of writing. Her plays have been workshopped and produced in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and Connecticut. Her play Cindy/Ella debuted at the 2018 IndyFringe Festival, and her short play "Shoelaces" was chosen out of 240 plays to be produced as part of a 9-play festival in Vancouver in November 2018.
Her short play, "Brothers on a Hotel Bed," was a Top 40 Finalist for The Collective NY's Collective:10 series and appears in StageIt! 2: Thirty 10- Minute Plays; her nonfiction appears in Midwestern Gothic.