Elizabeth Margolius is a Chicago based multiple Jeff Award-nominated stage and movement director with a primary focus in developing and directing new and rarely produced musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She has worked with theatres throughout the country in various capacities including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and New York’s Encompass New Opera Theatre. Elizabeth has been a guest director and master artist at numerous colleges and universities including the University of Northern Iowa, Harper College, Converse School of Music, DePaul University, SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College.
Elizabeth’s directorial credits include: Machinal for the Greenhouse Theater (Movement Director), The Bridges of Madison County for Peninsula Players (Door County, Wisconsin), Uncle Philip’s Coat for the Greenhouse Theater nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Solo Performance, code name: CYNTHIA for FWD Theatre Project, Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook for Underscore Theatre nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards including Best New Musical, Sitayana for Gift Theatre’s TEN Festival, L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro (A Thief by Chance) for DePaul Opera Theatre, The Girl in the Train for Chicago Folks Operetta, Twelfth Night for DePaul Opera Theatre, Goldstar, Ohio for American Theater Company, The Ballad of Baby Doe for North Park University, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines), The Mikado for the Savoyaires, The Last Cyclist for Genesis Theatrical Productions, The Land of Smiles and The Cousin from Nowhere (2012 and remounted 2016) for Chicago Folks Operetta, Death Takes a Holiday for Circle Theatre, Opus 1861 for City Lit Theater, nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including her nomination for Best Adaptation, Violet for Bailiwick Chicago nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Musical and her nomination for Best Director of a Musical, Broadway Sings the Silk Road for Silk Road Theatre Project, Bernarda Alba and Songs for a New World, Chris Jones’ Hottest Ticket, for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble, as well as new works with: Akvavit Theatre, Theatre Building Chicago/STAGES (New Musical Development), Theatre on the Lake, Stage Left Theatre, Live Bait Theater, and the Center for Cultural Interchange.
Elizabeth is an alumna of the 2004 and 2005 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, a 2007 recipient of a full directorial scholarship at the Wesley Balk Opera-Music Theater Institute in Minneapolis, a 2009 respondent and workshop artist for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, and a 2010 finalist for the Charles Abbott Fellowship. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of DirectorsLabChicago, a forum for emerging nationally and internationally based stage directors. Elizabeth is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.