Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict ASF has had to replace Ms. Nadia Ahmad, however we are beyond excited to welcome the incredibly talented Elizabeth Huffman! Check out her impressive history below. And don’t forget to order your tickets for We Made Bread today.
Arab American actress Elizabeth Huffman has had a very colorful and varied career: She performed and toured with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus as a dancer and elephant rider. She was a professional dancer performing with Ballet Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida, she sang, acted and danced in many musicals regionally around the country. Elizabeth received her theatre training at The University of California in PA, in New York at the 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.
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 neglected classics The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn, Hyde Park By James Shirley and in the premiers of new works: 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 to play a recurring role on the TV soap General Hospitaland while there was invited to act and direct with the prestigious Classical Theatre Labthen housed at LATC. She eventually became an Artistic Coordinator in 1997, guiding the company into some of its finest work. Some directing projects with CTL include: The Liars, The Trojan Women, The Rehearsal, Co- director of The Iliad, The Tempest, The Roman Actor, Merry Wives of Windsor, and she acted in The Libertine, The Iliad, Trojan Women at the Getty, Cat Amongst the Pigeons, The Bald Soprano, to name a few.
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 including productions of Night Breath, Bon Ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe, The Maids. Other productions include: Bury the Dead, The Way of the World, The Rope, Landscapes of Dreams in Seven Movements and Troilus and Cressida. She also produced an exchange artists program bringing two productions to Los Angeles from Germany: Courasche and Max und Mortiz.
In 2008 Elizabeth traveled to Playmakers Rep in North Carolina to perform in the celebrated one-woman show 9 Parts of Desire by Heather Raffo, where she played 9 different women from Iraq, and on tour at the Theatertage Festival in Hanau Germany, The Elephant Theatre in Los Angeles, Center Stage Theatre in Santa Barbara and at Fusion Theatre in New Mexico where she also has appeared in Mamet’s Boston Marriage, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, and Year of the Rooster. At Fusion she directed two plays for their short play festival The Seven: Notes on Drowning for the Man who Cannot Make the Journey by Jen Silverman and Somewhere Between the Sky and Sea by Alex Broun.
Elizabeth was in Portland performing in String of Pearls at Artists Rep Theatre when she was asked to direct Trojan Women for Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon. After that successful production, she was offered the Interim Artistic Director position, and she moved to Portland in 2009 where she now makes her home. With CTGO she directed the highly acclaimed and Drammy Award winning production of Oedipus The King, set in ancient Japan with an all male cast. She also 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.
Other productions in the Portland area include her 5 time Drammy Award winning production of Oedipus El Rey for Milagro Theatre, that same year her production of King John for NWCTC was awarded another Drammy for outstanding actress. Other directing credits include her successful modern revisionist production of Lion in Winter for NWCTC, November by David Mamet for Jane, A Theatre Company, The Ladies Man by Charles Moray for Clackamas Rep, and she her premiered her own original play Bon ton Roulet at the Shakespeare Cafe for Fertile Ground Festival at Post 5. This past season she directed critically acclaimed productions of Antony & Cleopatra for PAE, Mary Stuart by Peter Oswald for NWCT & Cygnet Productions, and American Night by Richard Montoya for Milagro Theatre Group. She also appeared in Profile Theatre’s Festival of Sam Shepherd One Acts in the solo play Evanescence or Shakespeare in the Alley. She recently toured in a new solo show, written for her by Steven Wolfson, The Absence of Wanting, performing it at Coho Theatre in Portland, in Los Angeles and several cities in both west and east Germany.