Staff

Eliza Klinger – Managing Director, Development, and Marketing


Eliza joined the NCD family as the Managing Director in 2016, by way of.  She comes  of Minneapolis, where she worked as a Video Lead recording forensic interviews at a Children’s Advocacy Center (CornerHouse).  Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Eliza was a director, teacher, and performer in Portland, Oregon.  Eliza worked with Artists Rep, Portland Center Stage, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Many Hats Collaboration, Tightrope Theatre, Staged! Musical Theatre, and Polaris Dance Theatre, to name a few favorites. 


In 2011, Eliza received an Outstanding Leading Actress Drammy Award and an Outstanding Ensemble Drammy for her performance in Songs for A New World co-produced by Staged! and Miracle Theatre. As a director, she has staged traditional, devised, and adapted works in both professional and academic settings.  Her favorite role to date was a Dot in Sunday in the Park with George. 


Eliza has taught voice, movement, clown, and mask courses for Rutgers University, the Universidad Autonoma de Hidalgo in Mexico City, Pacific University, and Cumberland County College in New Jersey. She holds an M.F.A. in Ensemble Based Physical Theatre from the Dell'Arte International School in Blue Lake, CA and a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. 


NCD is proud to employ a fine staff of full and part time artists and executives to manage the Company, Studio, Boutique, and Productions.


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Linda Maxwell, Education Director



Linda fell in love with dance and ballet at the age of 3 ½.  Her earlier training was at a private studio, supplemented by summer ballet programs. She has a BFA and MFA in Dance from UC Irvine.


Linda was program head and taught a variety of classes at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, California, including Dance Appreciation, modern, ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, floor-barre, folklorico, performance skills and dance performance.


Currently, Linda teaches ballet, jazz and tap at Humboldt State University where she has taught for the past twelve years.  Her work is seen regularly on the HSU Spring dance concerts.


In addition to her work at the college level, she has worked with civic ballet companies and had her works adjudicated on gala National Regional Ballet Festivals. She spent several years as John Travolta's private dance instructor.  She has choreographed musicals for various venues including PCPA, the American Melodrama Company and locally, the Ferndale Repertory Theater and the Cinco de Mayo Festival in Ferndale.  


Professionally, she has performed with Calpulli Danza Mexicana, a folklorico dance company in New York City.  In Humboldt County, in addition to Humboldt State, she has taught dance at College of the Redwoods, Ferndale Elementary and High School, and Studio of Dance Arts in Eureka. She is a certified floor-barre instructor.  


Linda considers herself to be a continuous student of dance, spending her summers studying dance in New York City.