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Former North Reading runner Lizzie Short in pursuit of acting roles

Doug Austin
After a stellar career at North Reading, Lizzie Short went on to captain the Dartmouth College cross-country team.

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.’’

Marvin Pave can be reached at marvin.pave@rcn.com.