This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Artistic Director/ co-Managing Director
Elizabeth V. Newman is a native New Yorker who has directed and produced critically-acclaimed theatre and film in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and her new home of Austin, TX. She graduated from Yale University with dual B.A. degrees in History of Art and Theater Studies. She earned her M.F.A. degree in Film Production at Boston University. Her stage directing credits include: Any Night by Daniel Arnold & Medina Hahn (Los Angeles Premiere & Austin Premiere - recently nominated for four B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Drama), Body of Work by Christine Hoang, (World Premiere, Austin); Mocha by Eleanor Burgess (World Premiere, Austin); The Amenable Stage by C. M. Gill (World Premiere, Austin); The Sniper’s Nest by Lisa Soland (Austin Premiere); Goodnight Children Everywhere by Richard Nelson, (London, ON, Canada); The Park Bench by Linda Lee Armstrong (World Premiere, London, ON, Canada); Fragments by Murray Schisgal (Los Angeles). Her theatrical producing credits include the World Premiere of Mocha by Eleanor Burgess (Austin); the World Premiere of Nights of Noir! by Casey Wilson (Los Angeles); the West Coast Premiere of Orange Lemon Egg Canary by Rinne Groff (Los Angeles); the American Premiere of Clocks and Whistles by Samuel Adamson, (New York); Dutchman by Leroy Jones (New York). She serves on the B. Iden Payne Awards Council of Austin as well as the board of Yale in Hollywood. She is the Artistic Director and co-Managing Director of The Filigree Theatre. For more on Elizabeth’s work in film and theatre, visit: elizabethVnewman.com
Stephanie Mooreserves as the Managing Director of The Filigree Theatre, under which banner she produced the critically-acclaimed Los Angeles Premiere of Any Night by Daniel Arnold & Medina Hahn, directed by Elizabeth V. Newman. Her feature film producing credits include “Love Labour’s Lost” and the upcoming “Dawg Daze”. She has produced and first assistant directed numerous short films, music videos and web series, including, “Hardish Bodies” and “Bye Bye Baby”. Her passion for producing and working with filmmakers began with her role as a ‘filmmaker liaison’ at the Austin Film Festival and with her work as a ‘Theatre Manager’ for SXSW. She graduated from Texas State University with a degree in English and dual minors in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies and History. She is the recipient of the Texas State Leadership Institute’s Medal of Hope, the highest non-academic honor at Texas State University.
Alex Timbers is a two-time Tony-nominated director and the recipient of Golden Globe, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, as well as two OBIE and Lortel Awards. His credits include Oh Hello, Rocky (Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director), Peter and the Starcatcher (co-director, OBIE Award- Best Director, Tony nomination- Best Director), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (also book writer; Drama Desk Award- Best Book, Lortel and OCC Awards- Best Musical, Tony nomination- Best Book), The Pee-wee Herman Show (HBO), The Robber Bridegroom (Lortel Award- Best Revival), and Here Lies Love (Lortel Award- Best Director, Drama Desk and OCC nominations- Best Director, London Evening Standard Award).
Core Advisory Board
Eleanor Burgess Literary Advisor
Eleanor Burgess is a New York-based playwright whose works include THE NICETIES, CHILL, START DOWN, and THESE DYING GENERATIONS. Her plays have been developed or produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Alliance theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Keen Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, studied history at Yale College, and recently completed the M.F.A in Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.
Chris Conard Design & Technical Advisor
Chris Conard is a local freelance Designer, Artist, and Carpenter working in Austin TX. Chris graduated with a BFA in Technical Theatre Design in May of 2014 from Santa Fe University of Art and Design; Chris believes that all of his Art should equally indulge both form and function. If you would like to view some of Chris Conard’s additional work please visit: jchrisconard.com
Sheryl Draker Legal and Community Outreach Advisor