• On Stage

    “Ms. Lucas’s poetic staging… provides a satisfying frame for them without twisting itself in any narrative knots…” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times

  • On Screen

    “Elizabeth Lucas’ pop-ornamented “Clear Blue Tuesday” virtually demands that viewers admire its chutzpah.” – John Anderson, Variety

  • Bold Choices

    “Elizabeth Lucas’s direction is riveting.” – Suzanna Bowling, The Examiner

  • Honoring Text

    “Director Elizabeth Lucas deftly guides her actors through a psychological drama turned musical, bringing the characters to life” – Steve Angelucci, Atlantic City Weekly

  • Amplifying Theme

    “…the masterful direction of Elizabeth Lucas beautifully captures the spirit and essence of the show” – Debbie Forman, Cape Cod Times

  • Detailed Characters

    “Lucas makes sure her cast works every nuance…and the result is that even the most minor characters come to life and create a world with reality and depth” – Steven V. Cronin, Atlantic City Press

  • In Large Ensembles

    “…she created a seamless, fluid, kinetic telling of the tale that made comprehension both clear and effortless.” – Clark Gesner, Brooklyn Heights Press

  • & Solo Narrative

    “Elizabeth Lucas’ direction was nothing short of fantastic- it’s rare one person onstage can not only hold my attention, but keep me enthralled for over an hour.” – All That Chat on Talkin’ Broadway

  • Visual Storytelling

    “…having a female director behind the camera really gave the picture a tone of originality that many of today’s indie slasher films are missing.” – horrormoviesandstuff.com

  • Cinematic Pacing

    “Lucas moves her cast with great skill as time, place and focus fluidly change. The ensemble work is excellent.” – Debbie Forman, Cape Cod Times

  • Innovative

    “…the novelty, invention, surprise and theatricality of the use of these musical elements to tell this story is quite remarkable…” – Clark Gesner, Brooklyn Heights Press

  • Versatile

    “…director Elizabeth A. Lucas keeps the rollicking fun and games and wham-bang special effects coming pell mell.” – Nancy Maes, Chicago Tribune

  • Intimate

    “Lucas…creates an intense yet intimate show. Bring a tissue.” – Amy Tagliaferri, Cape Cod Chronicle

  • & Epic

    “invigorating staging from director Elizabeth Lucas that unites the Goth-concert culture with Broadway practicalities more seamlessly than conventional wisdom has traditionally considered possible.” – Matthew Murray, Talkin Broadway

  • Elizabeth Lucas

  • Director

What I’m Up To

I’m making a new arts center! Visit our Website or Facebook page to see our plans.

New Spire Spaces: Is the Frederick arts community finally getting its wish?

By Roy Ghim Special to 72 Hours, Jun 22, 2017

“I think there’s a real opening right now, especially in the media world, to be first on the front lines of combining story and the best traditions with technology. … The constant conversation between disciplines is what spurs innovation and creativity.”

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New Spire Arts’ performing arts center and arts-education space rises in Frederick

By Imade Borha, Jan 19, 2017

A common theme emerged in the comments from Lucas, Ausherman and Adams and that was that organizations like New Spire Arts empower the entire community. “I’m a firm believer in an arts ecosystem,” Lucas said while standing in the middle of her vision at 15 West Patrick. “When you teach people how to do things and give them room to create and give them space to present it, you make an ecosystem of creative thinkers. It lifts all boats.”

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FNP Podcast

Elizabeth Lucas, Producing Artistic Director at New Spire Arts’, is working to create the cohesive tissue that connects Frederick’s art community. Lucas spoke with host Colin McGuire and News-Post features reporter Imade Borha discuss the art organization’s progress. Renovation plans are under way for New Spire Arts’ two buildings, and there is a full schedule of youth and adult workshops this summer.

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New spot opens in downtown Frederick for performing artists to hone craft

By Mallory Panuska, Jun 27, 2017

From adult dance classes to independent film screenings, a new performing arts venue on East Church Street has many possibilities.

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Back-to-school arts workshops aim to prepare kids for audition season

By Imade Borha, Aug 23, 2017

“Whether it’s two minutes or whether it’s 16 bars, you have to tell a story,” Lucas said of musical theater auditions. “It’s about understanding your character … and letting the meaning of the music shine through.”

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Biography

Elizabeth Lucas is currently serving as the Producing Artistic Director of New Spire Arts, a new performing arts venue and education facility in downtown Frederick, MD.

Elizabeth made her feature directing debut with three genre movies about New York City past, present and future: her rock musical movie, CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY, her slasher flick, RED HOOK (produced by Red Sand Media, distributed by Phase Four Entertainment ), and her Sci-fi FADE TO WHITE. She’s also made several shorts, including the multi-award-winning ISABELLA RICO, which appeared in 33 festivals worldwide and won Best Director and Special Achievement awards.

Elizabeth directed a critically acclaimed production of her own new narrative for Adam Guettel’s MYTHS AND HYMNS for Prospect Theater in New York. She directed the world premiere of Mark Hollman’s BIGFOOT AND OTHER LOST SOULS for Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska, then again in Anchorage, Alaska. Elizabeth has developed new musicals for the theatre from countless readings to full productions, including several New York Musical Theatre Festival premieres: ZAPATA, THE CURE (a rock & roll vampire fable), WILD ABOUT HARRY (a dance piece about Leona Helmsley), THE LAST STARFIGHTER (based on the film), THE VIEW FROM HERE, CAPTAIN GRAVY’S WAVY NAVY (developing for television), and MOST LIKELY TO DIE (reading). Her Midwest premiere of HELLO AGAIN won two After Dark Awards and was recommended for a Jefferson Award. Her productions of FOOTLOOSE and JEKYLL & HYDE garnered rave reviews at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Favorite stage directing credits include NINE, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and the Marta Kauffman/David Crane/Michael Skloff-written RAPUNZEL.

Elizabeth has assistant directed over 30 musicals, plays and operas with Tony-Winning director Walter Bobbie, international opera director Rhoda Levine, multi-award winning author, actor and director Simon Callow, Paper Mill Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Hoebee, and many others, at theatres such as Glimmerglass Opera, Paper Mill Playhouse, City Center Encores!, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theatre, Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre, and the Chicago Humanities Festival.

As a producer, Elizabeth is one of the founders of the New York Music Theatre Festival, for which she spearheaded the Movie Musical Screening Series. She also founded the Door County Opera and the Chicago Directors’ Forum and assistant produced the concert musical Galas for two seasons of the Chicago Humanities Festival. She was a producer on two of her three feature films and all of her short films.

Elizabeth is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, NY Women in Film & Television, 2004 Berlin Film Festival Talent Campus, the 2004 Commercial Theatre Institute 14-Week Program, the League of American Theatres Producer Development Program and the 1998 Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab, all exclusive industry programs for producers & directors. She has been a featured writer for SPUNK Magazine, GREAT LAKES STAGES and STAGE DIRECTIONS magazines. She received her Bachelor of Music in Lyric Theatre from Northwestern University and a Film Certificate from New York University.

The Gallup Strengths Finder and Entrepreneur Profile says Elizabeth is a self-assured strategic activator interested in ideas and the future with a talent for knowledge, delegation and disruption. The Pottermore Sorting Hat tells her she belongs in Gryffindor. Both are true.