Biography

Liz Crabb Breen

Liz Crabb Breen was an active member of Junior Theatre from age 8 to 18, performing in over 20 productions at both the Puppet Theatre and the Casa del Prado, including the lead role of Abby Brewster in “Arsenic and Old Lace”. As a member of the JT touring troupe known as “Confetti”, Liz appeared in numerous performances of “A Thurber Carnival” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. She also appeared with the Civic Light Opera under the direction of Don and Bonnie Ward in “Camelot”. Liz started off in college as a Theatre Arts major, but has since gone on to perform not on the stage, but in the laboratory, the classroom, and the lecture hall, where she pursues research and teaches in the field of immunology. Active for more than twenty years at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Liz is currently a professor there studying and teaching about the immune system, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and aging. Although it has been many years since she appeared in costume and make-up on the Junior Theatre stage, Liz credits much of her success as a teacher and public speaker to the training and experience gained at JT.