BIO

Most recently, Elyzabethís play White Lightning, which tells the story of moonshine and the early days of NASCAR, premiered at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in March 2016. She was also commissioned by Baltimore Center Stage to write a play for the acclaimed My America, Too project. In the spring of 2017, Everything Thatís Beautiful, will premier at the New Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Other new work includes A Requiem for August Moon.

Gee's Bend, which was commissioned by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and published by Samuel French was the recipient of the Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association and has been produced at ASF, Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, KC Rep, Northlight, the Arden and Hartford Stage, among others. Other plays include Fresh Kills (Royal Court/London), The Furniture of Home (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Flag Maker of Market Street (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Provenance (B Street Theatre/Sacramento), The Bone Orchard (commissioned by the Denver Center Theatre/Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), The First Day of Hunting Season (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and The Spirit of Ecstasy. She is a proud alumnus of Youngblood at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

As playwright-in-residence at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Elyzabeth developed the curriculum for Playwright in the Classroom, a program aimed at inspiring more high school students to write plays. During that time she toured rural and inner city high schools teaching playwriting, a project that has been featured in American Theatre Magazine. She has adapted her curriculum, aimed at improving reading comprehension and conflict resolution, to serve under-performing elementary students. Elyzabeth has also taught workshops for educators, as well as serving on the faculty at Spring Hill College.

An accomplished speaker, Elyzabeth has given lectures on playwriting and arts education, and has served as guest speaker for numerous women's events and civic organizations. Clients include: Southeastern Theatre Conference, Alabama Festival of the Book, Alabama Writers Symposium, various Rotary Clubs, Mobile Bay Monthly Women's Luncheon, the Mobile Library Foundation, Auburn University, University of South Alabama, New Stage Theatre, and the YWCA. She has also written articles for American Theatre Magazine, Mobile Bay Monthly and First Draft.

Elyzabeth is a proud graduate of Purchase College, as well as the dramatic writing program at New York University, where she was a Tisch Dramatic Writing Fellow. She also worked as a staff writer on the CBS show, Love Monkey.

Most recently, Elyzabeth served as the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South.