CLASSIC GREEK THEATRE OF OREGON

In 2009 Elizabeth moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon where she guest directed Trojan Women. In December of that year she became the interim artistic director for CGTO, a twenty-five-year-old company that traditionally produced one ancient Greek play every summer at the Reed College's Cerf Amphitheatre. 

 

In her year and a half as AD she created the company's first Festival of Arts during the summer production at Reed called "It's All Greek To Me".  The sold out festival presented nights of jazz and poetry, ancient Greek music, new play readings and a new children's play on Greek Myths.

 

She also collaborated with four prominent theatres in town on four readings of new plays selected with an eye toward a joint producing effort in the future.These resulted in her multi award winning production of Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro with the Milagro Theatre.

 

These endeavors, combined with the unique collaborative production of Oedipus the King set in ancient Japan, established the company's first-time donor base. Additionally she received five development grants including the company's first Oregon Cultural Trust grant in support of the new direction. 

 

Oedipus the King both received critical acclaim  a Drammy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for Michael Lopez and was seen by over 4,132 people (including 2,633 students) earning the highest attendance in CGTO history.