Stage Director | Movement Director
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 Greenhouse Theater (Movement Director/Jeff Recommended, 2017), The Bridges of Madison County for Peninsula Players (Door County, Wisconsin), Uncle Philip’s Coat for Greenhouse Theater (Joseph Jefferson nomination for Best Solo Performance, 2017), 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), L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro 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 Merry Wives of Windsor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines), 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) and Bernarda Alba and Songs for a New World for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble.
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. Elizabeth is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.