Eliana Rantz


Eliana Rantz

College Essay Specialist, Copy Editor

B.A. Rutgers University
M.A. New York University

Introduce yourself:

I was raised in New Jersey surrounded by literature, arts, and culture. Those passions and core experiences shaped my personal and professional life. After receiving degrees from Rutgers and NYU, I entered the field of education. Armed with pedagogical knowledge, I spent ten years teaching English composition and literature at various collegiate institutions including Kean University, Middlesex County College, and Xavier University. My passion for the written word continues to grow. I began my journey by writing award-winning creative writing essays and moved on to poetry for my school’s literary journal. I am currently working on a series of children’s books.


Additionally, I directed notable productions with various theatre companies throughout New York and New Jersey, including The Last Rites of Kyle Wardach at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and The Laramie Project at George Street Playhouse. I relocated to the Midwest in 2018 with my family and love finding all the hidden gems Cincinnati has to offer. In 2022, I began a theatre program at the local Jewish Community Center. In the past two years, the program has more than tripled in participants and has shifted from offering, not only theatre classes, but two productions a year – one play and one musical. This fuels my passion for education and theatre and allows for a safe space for students to explore, take risks, and try new things. I love a good dance party and spend my free time with my family, attending theatre productions and working on writing my children’s book.


Fun Facts:

  • I’ve been to the Tony Awards twice. The second time was in 2008 when Lin Manuel Miranda won for “In the Heights.”
  • Two out of my three children can beat me at chess.
  • We recently adopted two cats, Chip and Nala, even though I’m severely allergic.


Pop Quiz:

If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: What brings you joy and why?

What do you spend too much time doing? Watching Couponing Videos on TikTok, grading papers, and putting my kids to bed.

Which historical figure would you like to meet? Augusto Boal, the creator of Theatre of the Oppressed, brought to light this concept of theatre for social change (TFSC). I am an active participant in TFSC and would love to ask him questions on how it best serves our current generation.

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