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Elizabeth Elias Huffman
Artistic Director, PICT Classic Theatre
Alumni of Directors West
Member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society
Member of SAG/AFTRA/ACTORS EQUITY
Member of MENATMA
Elizabeth Elias Huffman is the newly appointed Artistic Director of PICT Classic Theatre In Pittsburgh. She is an acclaimed international actor, an award winning director and playwright known for her visionary and diverse productions. She teaches Shakespeare and classical theatre worldwide and offers online classes and coaching for actors in film, television and theatre. Elizabeth is currently appearing in Steel Magnolias at The Pittsburgh Public Theatre until April 9. 2023
Elizabeth fell in love with theatre when she was a child, first appearing as Hans Christian Anderson in The Ugly Duckling at age 6. Since then she has enjoyed a very colorful and varied career.
Elizabeth received her theatre training at The University of California, New York Academy of Theatrical Arts, and in Oxford, England with BADA. She frequently trained privately with many actors and directors from RSC, in London, NYC, and Los Angeles. She has taught Shakespeare and other classical workshops around the world and continues to travel and create theatre wherever she turns up.
In NYC, Elizabeth created her first classical theatre company with her colleague Stuart W Howard called The Beacon Project with the focus on producing neglected classics alternating with new works.
In production for five years and named “The exciting company to watch” by the New York Times, she acted in revivals of The Lucky Chance, Hyde Park and premiered new works including The Doorbell, Night Breath, 'Sarse, and Dream of Frankenstein. With the Beacon Project, she also made her directing debut with her first production of The Revengers Tragedy, directing it again in Los Angeles for Pacific Resident Theatre.
She left New York for Los Angeles and was invited to act and direct with the prestigious Classical Theatre Lab. She eventually became CTL's Artistic Coordinator from 1997- 2004 guiding the company into some of its finest work.
In 2005 Elizabeth formed her own international theatre company ICAP comprised of over 40 classically trained actors from around the world. For the next three years, the company performed in their home theatre in Los Angeles and at festivals in Europe.
In 2009, Elizabeth served for two years as Interim Artistic Director for Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon in Portland where she now makes her home. She created the company's first festival of arts: "It's All Greek to Me" featuring performances nightly of theatre, dance, poetry, children's shows, and new works.
Los Angeles Directing Projects
The Liars, The Trojan Women, The Rehearsal, The Tempest, The Roman Actor, Merry Wives of Windsor, The Man of Mode, Revengers Tragedy, As You Like it, Trojan Women, Iphigenia in Aulis, Two Noble Kinsmen. Troilus and Cressida
Portland Directing Projects
Oedipus El Rey, King John, Trojan Women, Oedipus the King, Lion in Winter, November, The Ladies Man, Antony & Cleopatra, Mary Stuart, American Night, Watsonville, Some Place Not Here, Amor Añejo, Bon Temps Rouler at the Shakespeare Cafe.
Staged readings: Disgraced, Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the Real World, At the Periphery
New Mexico Directing Projects
Notes on Drowning for the Man Who Cannot Make the Journey by Jen Silverman
Somewhere Between the Sky and Sea by Alex Broun.
International Directing Projects
Bon Temps Rouler at the Shakespeare Cafe, Night Breath
Elizabeth most recently wrote and directed a bi-lingual el Diás de Los Muertos play Amor Añejo for Milagro Theatre.
Her play Bon Temps Rouler at the Shakespeare Cafe made its international premiere with The Bremer Shakespeare Company in Germany and had since turned into a full musical, currently in development in Pittsburgh.
She also wrote a solo play Not My Revolution that has toured in the USA and internationally and made its Equity premier at Fusion Theatre in New Mexico and she continues to tour with it when her schedule permits.
She is currently writing and developing a new work: Sphere of Human Folly.
Elizabeth has been a professional theatre actor for over 40 years. She has appeared in the following plays regionally in the USA and internationally most recently in The Children ( Los Angeles and Portland) , The Oldest Profession, Summertime, Charley's Aunt, King Lear, Under the Gaslight, Man of Mode, Night Breath, Macbeth, The Way of the World, Trojan Women, The Libertine, Trelawney of the Wells, The Iliad, Cat Among the Pigeons, Bald Soprano, Whale Watchers, Boston Marriage, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Year of the Rooster, Escaped Alone, Evanescence or Shakespeare in the Alley, String of Pearls, to name a few.
She has also toured internationally in the solo plays: 9 Parts of Desire, We Made Bread, The Absence of Wanting, and continues to perform and tour in her solo play Not My Revolution
Elizabeth appeared on television in guest-starring roles for The Librarians, and In The Vault and has appeared in a variety of independent films. Her most recent film appearance is in Who Are You People directed by Ben Epstein will be in theatres in Feb 2023
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