This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Producing Artistic Director
Elizabeth V. Newman
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 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: "100 Planes" by Lila Rose Kaplan (World Premiere, Austin/West Coast Premiere, Los Angeles); "Fefu And Her Friends" by Maria Irene Fornes (Austin); “Miss Julie” by August Strindberg (Austin); “A Delicate Ship” by Anna Ziegler (Austin Premiere), “Trio” by Sheila Cowley (World Premiere, Austin); “Any Night” by Daniel Arnold & Medina Hahn (Los Angeles Premiere & Austin Premiere - nominated for four B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Drama); "Betrayal" by Harold Pinter; “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 Austin Premiere of “When We Were Young And Unafraid” by Sarah Treem; 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).
Elizabeth’s film directing credits include the feature film, Child of Light, as well as numerous short films. Her feature script, Shattering, was included in IFP's Emerging Narrative (IFP Independent Film Week); and her short script, In Cold Pursuit, was a 'second rounder' at The Austin Film Festival. She is co-President of Women in Film and Television: Austin and is a member of DIRECTOR’S LAB: NORTH. She has served as a panelist for two years at The Austin Film Festival. For more info. on Elizabeth’s work in film, please visit: http://elizabethvnewman.com/
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
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).
Filigree Theatre Co-Founding Managing Director (Emeritus)
Stephanie Moore served as the Co-Managing Director of The Filigree Theatre for Seasons One and Two, under which banner she co-produced “Any Night” (Los Angeles), “Betrayal,” “A Delicate Ship” (Austin Premiere), “Trio” (World Premiere), “Miss Julie”, “When We Were Young And Unafraid” (Austin Premiere), “Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth” and "100 Planes" (World Premiere and West Coast Premiere).