Stage and screen actress Elizabeth Marvel to present 61st Interlochen Arts Academy commencement address

A 1987 graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Marvel is best known for her roles in television’s ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Homeland,’ as well as the 2019 Broadway production of ‘King Lear.’

Elizabeth Marvel

Stage and screen actress Elizabeth Marvel (IAC/NMC 82-83, IAA 83-87) will deliver the commencement address to the Interlochen Arts Academy Class of 2023 during Academy’s 61st Commencement ceremony. The event will take place on Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. ET at Kresge Auditorium and will be livestreamed on Interlochen’s website.

"As a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Beth Marvel personifies success, having gone from Interlochen to The Juilliard School to an amazing career in theatre, film, and television,” says Interlochen Center for the Arts Provost Camille Colatosti. “Her commitment to the art of acting is paramount as is her dedication to the development of young people. As a Camp parent, she has made numerous trips to Interlochen in recent years to work directly with Interlochen students. She is an inspiration who shows us what it means to be a true artist. She stands as a creative changemaker, the kind of artistic spirit so needed in the world today. We are thrilled to welcome her as our commencement speaker."

Marvel has held recurring roles in notable television series including The District, Homeland, House of Cards, and Helstrom and has appeared in numerous films, including News of the World, The Bourne Legacy, and True Grit. Marvel also starred as “Goneril” in the 2019 Drama League Award-nominated Broadway revival of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. Marvel has been nominated for several prestigious stage and screen awards and is the recipient of three Obie Awards and the 2018 Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Actor in Supporting Role in a Drama Series.

The Commencement ceremonies will also feature remarks by the Senior Speaker, trumpet performance major Mia Kohn (IAC 21-22, IAA 22-23), and a performance by the Senior Performer, singer-songwriter Emily Baird (IO 21-22, IAC 22, IAA 22-23). Senior Lynn Kang (IAA 20-23) will perform during Honors Convocation.

Each year, Interlochen Arts Academy celebrates the multifaceted artistic and academic talents of Arts Academy seniors through the selection of one Senior Speaker and one Senior Performer. All seniors are eligible to apply for these honors. Candidates participate in a rigorous application and audition process led by a selection committee composed of faculty, administrators, and students.