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 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); “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” (post-production) as well as numerous short films. She is a member of DIRECTOR’S LAB: NORTH, co-President of the emerging chapter of Women in Film and Television: Austin and the Artistic Director and co-Managing Director of The Filigree Theatre. For more info. on Elizabeth’s work in film, please visit: http://elizabethvnewman.com/
Stephanie Mooreserves as the Managing Director of The Filigree Theatre, under which banner she has produced “Any Night” (Los Angeles), “Betrayal,” “A Delicate Ship” (Austin Premiere), “Trio” (World Premiere), “Miss Julie,” “When We Were Young And Unafraid” (Austin Premiere) and “Shakespeare in the Dark: Macbeth.” Her feature film producing credits include “Love Labour’s Lost” and “Child of Light”. She has produced and first assistant directed numerous short films, music videos and web series, including “Hardish Bodies” (TriBeCa Film Festival) and “Bye Bye Baby.” Her passion for producing and working with filmmakers began with her role as a Austin Film Festival ‘Filmmaker Liaison’ for “Winter in the Blood,” “Black or White,” “Beneath the Darkness,” “Hunger” and “Burning Bodhi,” in addition to her work as a ‘Theatre Manager’ for SXSW. Stephanie 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. She is the Co-Treasurer and Co-Secretary of the emerging chapter of Women in Film and Television: Austin.
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