Elizabeth Margolius is a Chicago and upstate New York based multiple Jeff Award nominated stage and movement director. Her primary focus is directing contemporary non-traditional music theater, opera, and plays as well as re-imagining the classics. She is most drawn to dramatic multi-layered stories, non-linear work, and pieces that lend themselves to exploring, deconstructing, and creating visually stunning symbolism through movement as part of the storytelling.
Upcoming projects include: L’Egisto for DePaul Opera Theatre opening in the Fall of 2019, and When the Rain Stops Falling for Shattered Globe Theatre (Chicago) opening in the Spring of 2020.
Elizabeth’s Chicago and regional stage/movement directorial credits include: Silent Sky for Peninsula Players (Door County, Wisconsin), Queen of the Mist for Firebrand Theatre (Chicago), nominated for four Joseph Jefferson Awards, including her nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, The Scarlet Ibis for Chicago Opera Theater, Miss Holmes for Peninsula Players, Machinal for Greenhouse Theater (Movement Director), nominated for seven Joseph Jefferson Awards, including her nomination for Artistic Specialization/Movement Direction, The Bridges of Madison County for Peninsula Players, The Boy Who Grew Too Fast for SUNY/Albany Opera Program, Uncle Philip’s Coat for Greenhouse Theater, nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Solo Performance, 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 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/developmental work with: FWD Theatre Project, Continuum Theater, Akvavit Theatre, Theatre Building Chicago/STAGES (new musical development), Stage Left Theatre, Live Bait Theater, and the Center for Cultural Interchange.
Elizabeth has been a guest director, master artist, and guest/adjunct lecturer at numerous colleges, universities, and festivals including Viterbo University (Wisconsin), the University of Northern Iowa, Millikin University (Illinois), University of Nebraska, Harper College (Illinois), Converse School of Music (South Carolina), North Park University (Chicago), DePaul University (Chicago), SUNY Albany, Skidmore College (New York), and the NATS Regional Conference (New York). Elizabeth has also worked with theaters throughout the country in various capacities including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
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 has a degree in Classical Flute and has trained extensively in several movement techniques from around the world including Qigong and Axis Syllabus.
Elizabeth is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of DirectorsLabChicago, a forum for emerging nationally and internationally based stage directors. Elizabeth is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).