Mia Katigbak in RUSSIAN TROLL FARM
“Lopez’s The Inheritance, a two-play, seven-hour work exploring the reverberations of the 1980s AIDS epidemic for a new generation of gay men, is certainly epic…[Lopez] attributes the success of the play to the support offered by Williamson.”
--Mark Ravenhill, The Sunday Times of London
"In the three shows that Elizabeth Williamson has directed at Hartford Stage in the past 19 months, she has varied not just the types of plays she does but the styles in which she does them...she invariably succeeds.”
--Chris Arnott, Hartford Courant
ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON (she/her/hers) will be the next Artistic Director at Geva Theatre Center, beginning in summer 2022. Williamson has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, in London’s West End, around the country, and internationally. A producer, director, dramaturg, and adaptor, she also has over a decade’s artistic leadership experience at major regional theatres, with a history of centering LGBTQIA, BIPOC and women artists' work, and leading new play development and community engagement initiatives.
Recent projects include commissioning and dramaturging Matthew López' Tony and Olivier Award-winning The Inheritance , creative producing/co-directing Sarah Gancher's New York Times "Best Theatre of 2020" pick Russian Troll Farm online, and directing Henry V and her own adaptation of Jane Eyre for Hartford Stage.
Williamson, whose background is in directing, producing, and dramaturgy, will be the first woman to lead the Rochester company. -- American Theatre
Former Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson got a special shout-out from playwright Matthew Lopez when his epic drama “The Inheritance” won for “Best Play” at Sunday night’s Tony Awards. Lopez thanked Williamson for being the dramaturg on the project and reading every draft of the script. A dramaturg works closely with a playwright, acting as an advisor, editor and sounding board in the development of a new play. -- Hartford Courant
'The Inheritance’ wins best play, making Matthew López the first Latino writer to take home the award. Both López and director Stephen Daldry thank dramaturg Elizabeth Williamson in their acceptance speeches.
"With no end to the pandemic in sight, theater-makers had to face the fact that repurposing existing stage works was not going to produce vibrant new ones for our changed world. Just in time, “Russian Troll Farm,” by Sarah Gancher, showed that digital-native productions could make the medium maximally expressive — in this case by exploring the world of online Russian election disrupters using an online aesthetic. It took two directors (Jared Mezzocchi and Elizabeth Williamson) and three companies (TheaterWorks Hartford, Theater Squared in Arkansas and the Brooklyn-based Civilians) to pull it off, but it was a key step forward and a wicked-smart ride" Jesse Green, New York Times
"Best New Play: Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy, Sarah Gancher’s ...timely, brilliant drama based on true news events. Elizabeth Williamson and Jared Mezzocchi take home my prize for outstanding direction, and Mezzocchi’s video projections were the best in the area theatres, as was Andre Pleuss’ sound design. Outstanding Performances: Helen Sadler in the title role of Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre, at Hartford Stage. Elizabeth Williamson created a lovely rendering of the Bronte classic, and Sadler shone as the heroine in this often romantic tale.
" Mark G Auerbach, The Westfield News
Matthew López' epic THE INHERITANCE, commissioned and dramaturged by Elizabeth Williamson, receives 11 Tony nominations, including Best Play. Due to the pandemic, no date has yet been set for the 2020 Awards ceremony. Read more in Variety
'Russian Troll Farm:' Imagine 'The Office,' But With Election Interference' Jeff Lunden, NPR
"The content and form are also ideally matched in Jared Mezzocchi and Elizabeth Williamson’s beautifully realized production; this is digitally native theater, not just a play plopped into a Zoom box." Jesse Green, New York Times
Elizabeth Williamson chats with M Graham Smith about her career as a director and dramaturg, and new play development philosophy, for SDC's Masters of the Stage podcast. Listen here
Matthew Lopez' The Inheritance, directed by Stephen Daldry and dramaturged by Elizabeth Williamson, won four Olivier Awards, including Best Play and Best Director. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/07/arts/olivier-awards-winners-the-inheritance-company.html
"“Perfect Nonsense” comes to Hartford through the efforts of Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson, who saw the show shortly after it opened in London and arranged for its U.S. premiere. " Hartford Courant
Hartford Stage Associate Artistic Director Elizabeth Williamson has had a busy few months. She has been shuttling overseas to serve as a dramaturg on two different shows that she’s been involved with for years that happen to be getting produced at the same time. --Hartford Courant
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