Rehearsals are underway for the exciting World Premier of We Made Bread. Elizabeth Huffman’s performance promises to be one of the most compelling to grace our stage. Get your tickets today!
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.
Check out the beautiful artwork created by Pat Tyler, Photo by Gregg Le Blanc
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Tickets are currently available for ASF’s upcoming World Premier Event!
The World Premier of We Made Bread December 10-20 at the Royce Gallery in San Francisco
Join us on July 25 at 8pm at the Fess Parker Studio theatre on the campus of Santa Clara University for a reading of one of Shakespeare’s most epic plays.
One fateful meeting reshapes the ancient world when the great Roman warrior Mark Antony, like Caesar before him, falls in love with the incomparable Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s tragedy presents history as a breathtaking pageant full of passion, intrigue, exotic locales and the larger-than-life characters that brought about the death of an Egyptian dynasty and the birth of the Roman Empire.
Directed byVickie Rozell and featuringAldo Billingslea*, Sofia Ahmad*, Audrey Rumsby, Michael Standifer, William J. Brown III*, Christian Haines*, Melissa Ortiz*, Alexandra Russell, Andrew Erwin, Laura Jane Bailey*, Jennifer Le Blanc*, Teddy Spencer*, and Annamarie MacLeod.
*Member of Actor’s Equity
FREE!! Make sure you reserve your seat at http://bpt.me/1827460
We are thrilled announce that Kuwaiti actress Nadia Ahmad will be starring in this Fall’s World Premier of We Made Bread at the Royce Gallery in San Francisco.
Nadia is an acclaimed Arab Media personality and actress whose experience intersects theatre, film and television. Whether on stage or screen, Nadia’s magnetic personality, charisma and sensitivity never fail to captivate audiences. She co-hosts “Kalam Nawaem”, the MBC Network’s premier talk show (based on ABC’s “The View”) on its lead channel MBC 1. “Kalam Nawaem” is the longest running and consistently highest rated Television talk show in the Arab world.
Nadia has performed with great panache on stages in Kuwait, Beirut and New York, winning wide spread acclaim from theatre stalwarts and critics alike. As a producer and director, she continues to develop major musical theatre productions in association with the National Council of Arts and Culture and the Amiri Diwan in Kuwait.
As an Activist, Nadia helped co-found the non-profit organization, the Lothan Youth Achievement Center (www.loyac.org) in the wake of September 11, 2001 with her mother Fareah Al Saqqaf and other progressive and committed women from the Kuwaiti society. LOYAC runs several programs for the youth to develop their professional skills, enhance personal growth and to help them find a sense of purpose, including the LOYAC Academy of Performing Arts (LAPA), a non-profit institution offering free classes in any of the performing arts for troubled or under privileged youth who may have talent but no means or support to pursue it. LAPA is the first academy in Kuwait that caters to all aspects of the performing arts such as music, dance and theatre.
A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where she earned her Bachelors of Science with honors, and a second major in Italian Language and Literature. Further education includes the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, where she earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the intensely competitive Peter Stark Producing Program.