Tiza is an assistant professor of Theatre at the University of Florida where she teaches in the MFA, BFA, and BA programs. Previously, Professor Garland taught movement, voice and acting courses in both the graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Alabama and she taught Stage Combat at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Before moving to Alabama she had taught at the University of Miami in Florida and Barry University in North Miami. She also taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, where she earned her MFA. Professor Garland has taught various movement and stage combat workshops and Master Classes at universities across the country including Michigan State University, Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, Western Michigan University, Georgia College and State University, Rhodes College in Memphis, TN., as well as workshops at state theatre conferences and at the Southeastern Theatre Conference.
Professor Garland has a varied movement training background. She is a classically trained actor and has pursued supplemental training with the Dah Theatre from Yugoslavia in Grotowski-based work, she has studied Meyerhold’s Biomechanics with Gennadi Bogdanov, as well as trained with the United Stuntmen’s Association in Seattle, Washington. She has attended the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado where she trained in various aerial dance techniques and apparatus.
Professor Garland is a certified teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, past chair of the Movement Committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, a member of ATME (Association of Theatre Movement Educators and VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association).