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

By Imade Borha iborha@newspost.com
Jan 19, 2017

Staff photo by Dan Gross

“Welcome to New Spire Arts. We are hoping to become a venue for the entire range for what it means to be a performing artist.”

With those words, Elizabeth Lucas, New Spire Arts’ producing artistic director, gave The Frederick News-Post a tour of the old Cultural Center downtown that will one day be home to a multipurpose performing space with a 200-seat theater. Lucas will use her experience as an award-winning New York producer and director of both stage and film to bring these ideas to fruition.

New Spire Arts plans to be a strengthening bridge for Frederick’s artistic community. The 15 West Patrick/North Market venue will be coupled with an arts education and creation center at 115 E. Church St. Programming is expected as early as summer 2017.

The small organization, made up of Lucas, director of education Julian Lazarus and marketing assistant Grace Cassutto, has a great deal of support. After years of planning spearheaded by longtime Frederick developer Marvin Ausherman, a grant by the Ausherman Family Foundation ensured the beginning of New Spire Arts.

“This room is what we call the Living Room and the arts hub component to it,” Lucas explained while standing in the room near the building’s 15 W. Patrick St. entrance. The exposed brick and wooden floors lend a coffee shop feel, despite the dust and various heavy desks that are lined up against the wall. The Living Room will serve as a place to advertise Frederick County arts events, see a performance on a kids’ stage, or grab a coffee provided by a nearby vendor. The room will be a “daytime area for families and people to hang out,” Lucas said before walking farther.

“This wall is all coming out. This whole back area is going to be an events and theater space.” Lucas explained that the building’s small theater, with old burgundy theater chairs huddled together, will be expanded. New Spire Arts plans to provide supplemental programs by having a performing space that is larger than the Maryland Ensemble Theatre’s intimate venue and smaller than the Weinberg Center’s. “With this across from Weinberg and next to MET,” Lucas said, “we hope [New Spire Arts] can be a place where we can offer kids programming while they offer grown-up shows, so parents can drop [off] their kids, see a show, get their kids and come home.”

On the other side of the theater, the room by 15 N. Market St. will be called the Lounge. This will be the site of evening entertainment such as spoken-word performances, small concerts and lectures. “Anything that’s more aurally focused,” Lucas added. “A little bit of food and drink and lots of programming.” The Lounge will likely have vendors that will provide pre-made food.

“That’s it in a nutshell,” Lucas said as she ended her tour of what was once McCrory’s five and dime. “We’re calling this New Spire Stages, and it is the public gathering and performance area and then our [115 E. Church St.] building we’re calling New Spire Spaces and that’s for our educational programs and creation spaces.”

At New Spire Spaces, there will be rehearsal spaces, a recording studio, and access to cutting-edge technology that will bring art to life. Lucas and her team are exploring the possibility of after-school and adult-learning programs at the East Church Street building.

Before the end of her interview, Lucas described New Spire Arts as Ausherman’s creative heart for Frederick. When he spoke with The News-Post, this was evident.

“I was able to acquire the two buildings that I have now,” Ausherman said in the conference room of the Ausherman Family Foundation. “My vision is that three, five years from now, there will be a very active performing arts community utilizing these two buildings I have.”

For this vision to be fulfilled, myriad construction permits first need to be approved. Ausherman takes on this work for the goals in front of him. “Both buildings will go through different construction schedules,” Ausherman continued. For the New Spire Stages building, less construction is involved, so there are plans for the Living Room and Lounge to open as early as this summer. For New Spire Spaces, with its high-tech art rooms, that construction may take longer.

Ausherman sees New Spire Arts as having a symbiotic relationship with the MET and the Weinberg, both organizations he praised profusely. For acts that may draw too small a crowd for the Weinberg, Ausherman imagines that one day, the Weinberg can refer the act to New Spire across the street. He also hopes that New Spire Arts will offer pre-show events for the Weinberg.

“We’ll probably go through a couple of years of experimenting,” Ausherman said. “It’s going to be really amazing. I’m excited about it.”

As New Spire Arts moves forward, the Ausherman Family Foundation will be a guiding presence in providing the grant funding and relationships to establish the organization. “The vision for the Family Foundation is empowering the passion for change,” Leigh Adams of the Ausherman Family Foundation said. “So New Spire Arts fits right in line with that mission.”

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.”

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.

Stage Directing

Musical Premieres

Myths & Hymns by Adam Guettel with narrative by Elizabeth Lucas (narrative premiere) for Prospect Theatre featuring Linda Balgord, Ally Bonino, Matthew Farcher,Donell Foreman, Anika Larsen, Bob Stillman, Lucas Steele with music, dance and designs by Ann Bartek, Emily DeAngelis, Herrick Goldman, Rob Meffe, Wendy Seyb, Katya Stanislavskaya

Bigfoot by Mark Hollman & Adrien Royce (world premiere) for Perseverance Theatre, Juneau

Bigfoot by Mark Hollman & Adrien Royce for Perseverance Theatre, Anchorage

Zapata! by Peter & Ana Edwards (premiere) for The New York Musical Theatre Festival featuring Natalie Toro, Enrique Acevedo, Andrew Call, Eliseo Roman , Maria Eberline, Blanca Camacho, Tony Castellanos, Victor Hernandez, Jen Anaya, Erin Maya, Grisel Pren Monje, Henry Gainza, Nick Duckart, Carlos Gonzalez, Sasha Hollinger

Footloose (wrote & directed 90-minute casino adaptation) for Trump Plaza, Atlantic City

Jekyll & Hyde (wrote & directed 90-minute casino adaptation) for Trump Plaza, Atlantic City

Plaisir D’Amour by Terrence McNally & Skip Kennon (world premiere) for Summer Shorts at 59E59, NYC featuring Stephanie d’Abruzzo, Rita Harvey, Johnathan Kaplan, Neal Mayer

The Cure by Mark Weiser (world premiere) for The New York Musical Theatre Festival featuring Michael Buchanan, Gregg Goodbrod, Kyle Harris, Manu Narayan, Zak Resnick, Jen Sese

The Last Starfighter by Skip Kennon & Fred Landau for The New York Musical Theatre Festival

Wild About Harry by Susan DiLallo (dance musical world premiere) for Dance Break & The New York Musical Theatre Festival

Captain Gravy’s Wavy Navy by Jeffrey Katz & David Cooper (premiere) for The New York Musical Theatre Festival

Hello Again by Michael John LaChiusa (midwest premiere) for Bailiwick Repertory

The Frog & the Witch by Sammy Buck & Dan Acquisto (world premiere) for Vital Theatre

The View From Here by Timothy Huang and Elizabeth Lucas (world premiere) for The New York Musical Theatre Festival

The Kugelmass Affair by Jon Karp & Seth Weinstein (world premiere) for Musical Writers’ Playground

The Bus to Buenos Aires by Curtis Moore & Tom Mizer (midwest premiere) for Door County Opera

Broadway Scares, A Killer Cabaret by Sammy Buck for Red Sand Media

Classic Musicals

Ragtime for Cape Repertory

Kiss of the Spider Woman for Gallery Players

Victor/Victoria for Surflight Theatre

Jekyll & Hyde for Surflight Theatre

My Fair Lady for Surflight Theatre

Rapunzel by David Crane, Marta Kauffman & Michael Skloff for Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre

Through the Storybook & The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf for Buffalo Grove Park District

The Fantasticks for Wallis Theatre

NINE for Northwestern University

Plays

Catholicism & Sour Cream by Gabrielle Bayme for The Women of Color Arts Festival at La MaMa & The Public

The Soul Song of la Loba by Gabrielle Bayme for The Women of Color Arts Festival at La MaMa & The Public

Art for Surflight Theatre

The Gin Game for Surflight Theatre

The Moth and Ghengis Khan (world premiere) at 78th St Theatre Lab, NYC

Above the Glass Ceiling by Nicole Hollander for Pegasus Players

Opera, Operetta, Concert and Choral

Holidays Around the World staged concert with the Young People’s Chorus of New York City at Carnegie Hall

Crossing the Divide staged concert with Rob Kapilow and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City for the Bank of America Celebrity Series at the Tsai Performance Center in Boston

Hansel und Gretl one-hour touring production Chicago Opera Theatre

The Old Maid and the Thief for Door County Opera

Fruit of the Vine (writer & director of narrative musical review) for Light Opera Works

An Evening in Waltz Time (writer & director of narrative musical review) for Light Opera Works

Bastian und Bastienne (Mozart Opera) for Kids Fare at Pick Staiger Concert Hall

Readings & Workshops

The Cure screenplay adaptation by Mark Weiser featuring Yassmin Alers, Will Chase, Gregg Goodbrod, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jeremy Kushnier, J Mark McVey, MD Mark Hartman, produced at the historic club venue Le Bar Bat

The Legend of Stagecoach Mary by Curtis Moore & Tom Mizer for producer Isaac Robert Hurwitz featuring Heather Ayers, Jimmy Bennett, Stacia Fernandez, Romain Frugé, Bonita Hamilton, Andy Kelso, Kelvin Moon Loh, Gary Marachek, Cass Morgan, Kristin McDonald, T. Oliver Reid, Sheri Sanders, Savanah Wise

Most Likely to Die by Christopher Barnes & Ryan Mercy at The New York Musical Theatre Festival

The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown by Kate Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk at Makor

Anna the Storyteller by Michael Cuevas, Donna Presnell, David Shenton Erin Shields & Douglas Braverman for Whitehurst Media, LLC & Daniel Wallace, Ltd.

Mall Story by Sanford Cohen & Stan Baker for The York Theatre Company

The Expanding Sky by Stan Peal for The EST/Sloan Project First Light Festival of New Work Exploring Science and Technology

The House of the Seven Gables by Curtis Moore & Tom Mizer for Bailiwick Repertory

The Money Tree by Harriett Belkin & Norman Belkin for New Tuner’s Stages Festival

Rah Rah Rahway! by Tom Kleh at The Players Club, NYC

The Bus to Buenos Aires by Curtis Moore & Tom Mizer

Halloween by John B. deHaas

The Second Life of Gideon Finn by Bryan D. Leys

Galileo and the Incredible Helium Woman at The Theatre Building, Chicago

Heart Land by Bryan D. Leys & Kevin Kuhn at 14th St Y, NYC

Threshold by Maureen Barnes for Anchor Arts/Creative Television of Rhode Island

Screen Directing

Features

Clear Blue Tuesday feature-length movie musical devised by Elizabeth Lucas and Cast

In the course of seven incredible Tuesdays over seven tumultuous years, eleven New Yorkers are transformed by love, desire, art, ambition, fury, grief, faith, fear, hope and, ultimately, connection with each other in the rousing indie rock musical drama, CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY. Up-and-coming director Elizabeth Lucas and a cast of actor-singer-songwriters drawn from the worlds of the rock scene, comedy clubs and Broadway stage have created a wholly unique musical motion picture experience about the persistence of love and the resilient heart of a city in the face of catastrophe. Bursting with pop melodies, sly humor and stirring emotions, CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY is a fresh, impassioned testament to everyday transcendence.

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Red Hook feature-length horror movie by Sammy Buck

Agoraphobic freshman in New York City must join a scavenger hunt to save her boyfriend from a murderous gamemaster

Featuring Kelli BarrettAlex BrightmanChristina BrucatoTate EllingtonBryan FenkartTerrence MannKarla MosleyDebargo SanyalHollis ScarboroughFrankie ShawBrian SmithKarissa StaplesShonn Wiley

Fade to White feature-length Science Fiction movie

Unforeseen consequences of lost love echo tragically across generations…

First Sign of White: The year is 2019. Memories of love lost, and future destinies, are frozen in time.

featuring Jesse Swenson, Margie Stokely and written by Alex Goldberg

White Knuckle: The year is 2070. Echoes of past generations chill the forces of the future.

featuring Ryan Bronz, Rick Busser and written by Sammy Buck

Heaven is White: The year is 2130. From the safety of an underground shelter, siblings are propelled into a snow-dusted apocalypse.

featuring Santino Fontana, Liz Holtan, Tom Gualtieri, and written by Erin Hill

Shorts

Isabella Rico Award-Winning Short Film 2001

’Til Birth Do Us Part Raw Impressions 16-day movie musical challenge, by Rob Kutner, Sheryl Zohn & Scott Ethier

EXIT comedy short written by Laura Henry featuring Alison Cimmet and Graham Rowat, score by Skip Kennon, casting by Michael Cassara, produced by Brad Rubenstein

The Audition, comedy short by Bob Johnson featuring Sue Lawless

Documentary about the Musical Writers’ Playground

Reviews

Adam Guettel’s MYTHS & HYMNS

The New York Times review: “Ms. Lucas’s poetic staging…provides a satisfying frame for them without twisting itself in any narrative knots…”

The New York Times profile: “…this revamp has the potential to convince theaters everywhere that “Myths and Hymns” is viable as a stage property.”

New York Magazine Approval Matrix: Highbrow/Brilliant category

CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY

Visit clearbluetuesday.com for more information.

“Of the many artistic works that have attempted to make sense of September 11, 2001, none has captured the New York perspective of the quietly hellish aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center better than Clear Blue Tuesday. The musical film, which was conceived, directed, and partially written by Elizabeth Lucas…examines the tragedy itself only obliquely. It focuses instead on the long-lasting effects of that violation of national and personal security on 11 New Yorkers, and through them you come to understand the day’s loss—and potential gains—in ways you couldn’t even if you were surrounded by CGI explosions. That’s no small feat for any dramatic presentation, let alone a low-budget film…Yet it is accomplished, with impressive clarity, seriousness, and even humor…”

– Matthew Murray, BroadwayStars.com

RED HOOK
FEATURE HORROR FLICK

“…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.”

“It’s quite refreshing to see such character development in an indie film, a slasher of all things.”

“…this movie is so good at giving us cool and interesting characters, a bright and fast-paced atmosphere for them to thrive in, and builds the intrigue and suspense of the scavenger hunt plot so well…”

– horrormoviesandstuff.com

IN MY BLOOD
NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

IN MY BLOOD has “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’s direction is riveting”

– Suzanna Bowling, The Examiner

RAGTIME
CAPE REP, CAPE COD, MA

“the Cape Rep Theatre production, under the masterful direction of Elizabeth Lucas, beautifully captures the spirit and essence of the show…Lucas works magic with this ensemble production.

Lucas moves her cast with great skill as time, place and focus fluidly change from New Rochelle to the Lower East Side, from train station to dock, from Harlem to Union Square, from Atlantic City to J.P. Morgan’s library. The ensemble work is excellent.”

– Debbie Forman, Cape Cod Times

“Lucas then takes a cast of 25 characters played by 19 actors with over 30 musical numbers, and creates an intense yet intimate show. Bring a tissue.”

– Amy Tagliaferri, Cape Cod Chronicle

PLAISIR D’AMOUR
SUMMER SHORTS 2008 (SERIES B)

“Elizabeth Lucas’ fluid direction allows the action to unfold gracefully.”

– David Barbour, Lighting & Sound America

“Of course, the real reason to see either series is for…Terrance McNally and Skip Kennon’s mini-musical, Plaisir D’Amour (Series B)…It’s the most polished of the eight plays, with outstanding performances from Stephanie D’Abruzzo and Jonathan C. Kaplan as they chronicle a relationship from the desperate single life to the troubled married life and eventually, with their own children now married, to the comfortable afterglow of a once passionate life. Far too many one-acts, even decent ones, come across as ultimately empty etudes, but this musically simplistic piece does for a transient comedy what Prelude & Liebestod did for drama.”

– Aaron Riccio, Theater Talk

THE VIEW FROM HERE
NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL

“This one-man musical plays like a fresh variation on Wonderful Town propelled by stunning music and a tremendously appealing solo performance by Shonn Wiley.

“Under Elizabeth Lucas’ evocative direction, Huang’s script, written in collaboration with Lucas, ties the numbers together adroitly…”

– Ron Cohen, Backstage

“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

JEKYLL & HYDE
TRUMP PLAZA, ATLANTIC CITY

“Director Elizabeth Lucas deftly guides her actors through a psychological drama turned musical, bringing the characters to life… a straight-ahead exceptional dramatic musical that, according to more than one theatergoer, compares favorably to the Broadway production.”

– Steve Angelucci, Atlantic City Weekly

“If top-shelf staging, stellar ensemble performances and a dynamic and compelling lead turn are more your speed, then don’t miss Jekyll & Hyde…”

– Chuck Darrow, Courier Post

KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN (the musical)
GALLERY PLAYERS

“…the novelty, invention, surprise and theatricality of the use of these musical elements to tell this story is quite remarkable…if all of the above is due to director Elizabeth A. Lucas, then let us just praise her, for her selections, and what she accomplished on stage. From small emotional moments to large stage pictures, she created a seamless, fluid, kinetic telling of the tale that made comprehension both clear and effortless. Very nice… it is a rich and spicy stew, something to be savored, and, in this production, a quite wonderfully realized expression of theatrical abilities.”

-Clark Gesner, Brooklyn Heights Press

“…the credit for this successful and entertaining staging can be shared by the skilled director Elizabeth A. Lucas and her talented cast…the biggest tribute goes to director Lucas, who manages to keep the action flowing smoothly as the actors move from drama to dance, from comedy to cruelty.”

– Paulanne Simmons, The Brooklyn Papers

VICTOR/VICTORIA
SURFLIGHT THEATRE

“…It is director Elizabeth Lucas who is the true star of this production…Lucas makes sure her cast works every nuance of Edwards’ script, and the result is that even the most minor characters come to life and create a world with a reality and depth not usually seen on local stages.”

– Steven V. Cronin, Atlantic City Press

“The Surflight has brought newcomer Elizabeth A. Lucas in to direct this wonderful production…the execution in this fast-paced comedy is almost flawless…It is a first-rate production…”

– Kevin Adair, Beachcomber

RAPUNZEL
MARRIOTT’S LINCOLNSHIRE THEATRE

“…director Elizabeth A. Lucas keeps the rollicking fun and games and wham-bang special effects coming pell mell.”

– Nancy Maes, Chicago Tribune

“as envisioned by director Elizabeth A. Lucas, it’s thoroughly entertaining. Love triumphs in this whimsical free-wheeling little show.”

– Bruce Ingram, Pioneer Press

FOOTLOOSE
TRUMP PLAZA, ATLANTIC CITY

“FLEET FEET NEVER MISS A BEAT IN ‘FOOTLOOSE”

…a brisk, feel-good show…

…the actors infuse the familiar story with urgency… ”

– Kevin Clapp, The Press of Atlantic City

MY FAIR LADY
SURFLIGHT THEATRE

“…musicals flourish under [Lucas’] touch.”
“This is a great big, ear-to-ear smile-and-laugh-out-loud pleasure.”

– Bre Golden, The Islander

THE OLD MAID & THE THIEF /
THE BUS TO BUENOS AIRES (premiere)
DOOR COUNTY OPERA

“WORLD PREMIERE OF OPERA A SUCCESS”

“The ensemble was remarkably tight and to the point, Elizabeth A. Lucas’ direction missing no detail in bringing this tipsy entertainment to life.”

– Erik Eriksson, Door County Advocate

Interviews

Interviews with Elizabeth about her new narrative for MYTHS AND HYMNS

New York Times

TDF

BlogTalk Radio’s Somewhere in Vegas (audio)

Interview about musical movie CLEAR BLUE TUESDAY

Interview about horror movie RED HOOK

New York Musical Theatre Festival

Peter Filichia of THEATERMANIA interviews Elizabeth Lucas and Kris Stewart
about the inaugural year of the New York Musical Theatre Festival

The Last Starfighter(video)

Broadway World interviews director Elizabeth Lucas and Composer/Lyricist
Skip Kennon about their New York Musical Theatre Festival Production

Movie Musical Screening Series

Eric Grode of PLAYBILL ONLINE interviews Film Division Director Elizabeth
Lucas about the Movie Musical Screening Series, the first event of its kind

IMPnow (video)

Adam Yeremian interviews Elizabeth Lucas about producing and directing theatre and film.

Footloose

AT THE SHORE Magazine interviews director Elizabeth Lucas and star
Mark Hamel about their production of FOOTLOOSE at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City

2004 Berlin Talent Campus

Eugene Hernandez of INDIEWIRE interviews Elizabeth Lucas about the
Berlin International Film Festival’s Talent Campus

Jekyll & Hyde

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY interviews director Elizabeth Lucas about her
production of JEKYLL & HYDE at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City

Movie Musical Feature

THE INDEPENDENT did a feature article on Movie Musicals, for which
Elizabeth Lucas was interviewed.

Producing and Organization Building

Stage Producing

New Spire Arts

I am the founding Producing Artistic Director of New Spire Arts, a new performing arts venue and education center in downtown Frederick, MD.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival Founding Producer

I am proud to have been on the ground floor of launching what is now a New York institution. I participated every year for the first decade in a variety of roles – as a Founding Producer, Director, Jurist, Producer, Marketer and occasional special project help.

The New York Musical Theatre Festival Movie Musical Screening Series

I produced and curated a Movie Musical Screening Series at the AMC in Times Square that included sixteen screenings, Q&As with Rah Digga and John Cameron Mitchell, and a panel discussion that included Maggie Molina (MTV) and Neil Meron (Storyline).

The Cure, by Mark Weiser

A concert reading featuring Yassmin Alers, Will Chase, Gregg Goodbrod, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jeremy Kushnier, J Mark McVey produced at the historic club venue Le Bar Bat

The Ambition Bird, by Matthew Sheridan (premiere)

A one-woman concert musical featuring Victoria Clark at the 14th St Y in NYC

Door County Opera Founder and Artistic Director

Connecticut Grand Opera Production Manager

Chicago Directors’ Forum Founder

Screen Producing

Clear Blue Tuesday Lead Producer for Award-Winning Movie Musical

Red Hook Associate Producer for Award-Winning Science Fiction Feature

Fade to White Associate Producer for Award-Winning Science Fiction Feature

Isabella Rico Lead Producer for Award-Winning Short Film

Assistant Directing and Dramaturgy

Assistant Directing Musicals

Dreamgirls dir. Mark S. Hoebee at Paper Mill Playhouse and featuring Curtiss Cook, Herb Downer, LaTonya Holmes, Angela Robinson, Marshall Titus, Alton Fitzgerald White, Sharon Wilkins

Baby dir. Mark S. Hoebee at Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theatre and featuring Kate Baldwin, Jordan Leeds, KC Lupe, John Reeger, Kathy Santen, Paula Scrofano

Gypsy dir. Dominic Missimi at Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theatre and featuring Kate Buddeke, Tesha Buss, Julie Ann Emery, Joel Hatch, Anne Jacoby, Heidi Kettenring, Carol Kuykendall, Iris Lieberman, Alene Robertson

Guys & Dolls dir. Dominic Missimi at Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theatre and featuring Stephen Bogard, Kate Fry, Don Forston, Angela Iannone, Ron Keaton, Steve Pickering

Kismet dir. Dominic Missimi at Marriot’s Lincolnshire Theatre

Wonderful Town dir. Johnathon Field at Light Opera Works (Evanston, IL)

The Golden Apple dir. Phil Kraus at Light Opera Works (Evanston, IL)

Of Thee I Sing (staged concert benefit) dir. Charlie Repole at Chicago Humanities Festival

Pajama Game (staged concert benefit) dir. Roy Hine at Chicago Humanities Festival

Tenderloin (SSDC Observer) dir. Walter Bobbie at Encores at City Center, NYC

Passion (Midwest premiere) dir. Warner Crocker at Pegasus Players

The Christmas Schooner dir. David Zak at Bailiwick Repertory

Gershwin Review dir. Dominic Missimi at Pick Staiger Concert Hall

Bravo Bernstein! dir. Dominic Missimi Pick Staiger Concert Hall featuring Greg Edelman

Bernstein’s Mass dir. Dominic Missimi Northwestern University

Assistant Directing Theatre

Compleat Female Stage Beauty, by Jeffrey Hatcher (premiere) dir. Walter Bobbie at Philadelphia Theatre Company and featuring Jenny Bacon, Brandon Demery, Stephen DeRosa, Marcy Harriell, Tom Nelis, Steven Skybell, Robert Stanton, Lauren Ward

Neil Simon at the Neil Simon (celebrity benefit) dir. Walter Bobbie at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and featuring Hank Azaria, Roger Bart, Mark Blum, Charles S. Dutton, Jennifer Ehle, Calista Flockhart, Rosemary Harris, Julie Kavner, Robert Klein, Nathan Lane, Leigh Lawson, Robert Sean Leonard, Eugene Levy, Natasha Lynne, Marsha Mason, Debra Monk, Bebe Neuwirth, Bronson Pinchot, Ron Rifkin, John Ritter, Jean Smart, Lynne Thigpen, Mary Louise Wilson

Assistant Directing Opera & Operetta

Lizzie Borden, by Jack Beeson (premiere) dir. Rhoda Levine at Glimmerglass Opera

La Callisto dir. Simon Callow at Glimmerglass Opera

Orpheus Descending, by Bruce Saylor & J.D. McClatchy (premiere) dir. Rhoda Levine at Lyric Opera of Chicago Center for American Artists

Ariadne auf Naxos dir. Carl Ratner at Chicago Opera Theatre

Don Giovanni dir. Charlie Newell at Chicago Opera Theatre

Hansel und Gretl dir. John Pascoe at Chicago Opera Theatre

The Jewel Box (Mozart) dir. Carl Ratner at Chicago Opera Theatre

Die Fledermaus dir. Phil Kraus at Light Opera Works (Evanston, IL)

Trouble in Tahiti dir. Sheila Saperstein at Northwestern University

Albert Herring dir. Rhoda Levine at Northwestern University

A Hand of Bridge dir. Sheila Saperstein at Northwestern University

Dramaturgy

Just Like Magic, by Christopher W. Barnes, Cameron Cole & Ryan Mercy at The New York Musical Theatre Festival

A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur dir. Cecilie Keenan at Northlight Theatre

Plagued, by Vynnie Meli & Casey Filiaci at The New York Musical Theatre Festival

A Bump in the Road, by Carole Lonner in Workshops

Additional Private Clients

Professional Qualifications

Education

Bachelor of Lyric Theatre from Northwestern University
Certificate in Film from New York University SCPS

Arts Advocacy

Maryland Citizens for the Arts Trustee

Stage

Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers
League of Professional Theatre Women
Commercial Theatre Institute 14-Week Program
Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab
Producer Development Program of the League of American Theaters

Screen

Women in Film & Video Executive Member
New York Women in Film & Television
Berlin Film Festival Talent Campus