Former North Reading runner Lizzie Short in pursuit of acting roles
The 2007 Division 4 champion running the 2-mile outdoors for North Reading High, Lizzie Short is now pursuing an acting career and is also a tour guide on Boston’s Freedom Trail.
Short said both endeavors have been fulfilling.
“The things I love about being a tour guide are the same things I love about acting – telling a good story and connecting with other people,’’ said Short, a cross-country and track captain at North Reading who is now a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame.
At Dartmouth College, Short was a women’s cross-country captain. After graduating with a degree in Classics, she worked as an aide at the European Parliament in Brussels.
“It was great fun. I met people from around the world,’’ recalled Short, 29.
As a tour guide, she portrays Mercy Otis Warren, a poet, historian, and dramatist who supported the Colonists and was the first to write a history of the American Revolution.
As an actor, Short has appeared in commercials, theater, and film, and has a speaking role in the latest movie version of “Little Women,’’ filmed in Massachusetts and opening in December.
“It was amazing to be on a set like that, being sent back to the 19th century,’’ said Short, who appeared in a Boston Bruins commercial last year as the wife of an avid fan.
Short said being a long distance runner “prepared me for my career, because running is all about persistence and in acting you deal with rejection and then move on.’’