Sarah Lemp and Mark Dold in CLOUD 9 at Hartford Stage, photo by T. Charles Erickson
“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 at Hartford Stage.”
--Mark Ravenhill, The Sunday Times
"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 has worked on Broadway, off-Broadway, in London’s West End and around the country. An artistic producer, dramaturg, and director, she also has over a decade’s artistic leadership and producing experience at major regional theatres.
She is currently in her 7th season at Hartford Stage, where she serves as Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development. She programs Hartford Stage’s season with Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak, serves as artistic producer for the season, leads new play development, and she recently launched Hartford Stage’s first major community engagement initiatives, in partnership with the Hartford Public Library and other Hartford non-profits. Shows she has recently artistic produced for Hartford Stage include The Age of Innocence and Murder on the Orient Express (with McCarter Theatre Center), The Body of an American and Feeding the Dragon (with Primary Stages), Make Believe, and many others.
Prior to joining Hartford Stage, she served as Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager for Pioneer Theatre Company, where she founded the company’s new plays initiative and premiered Bess Wohl’s first two professionally produced plays, Touch(ed) and In, and Wendy MacLeod’s Find and Sign.
Other World Premieres she’s dramaturged include The Inheritance at London’s Young Vic and in the West End (which was nominated for 8 Olivier Awards), Anastasia, which is currently in its second year on Broadway, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, which won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Make Believe, Rear Window, Reverberation, Man in a Case, An Opening in Time and more for Hartford Stage, M. Proust at Steppenwolf, Mefistofele for Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and many others.
Recent directing credits include Henry V, the world premiere of Seder, and Cloud 9, all for Hartford Stage, and translations include La Dispute and The Life and Death of Pier Paolo Pasolini. Williamson holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Comparative Literature from Bennington College, a master’s in European Literature from Oxford University, and trained at the École Internationale de Théàtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literary Translation, and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
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
"Hartford Stage has announced the titles of three shows for its 2019-20 season: “Quixote Nuevo," “Cry It Out” and “Jane Eyre.” ... Williamson, who has been Hartford Stage’s associate artistic director under Tresnjak, will continue in that position. Williamson directed “Cloud 9,” “Seder” and “Henry V” in recent seasons. For the 2019-20 season she will direct her own adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.”" Hartford Courant
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
The Inheritance wins Best New Play at the UK's Critics Circle Awards -- The Guardian
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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