A talented, prolific writer and composer, Liz always has plenty of irons in the fire.  Read on for details about her current projects, and scroll down for a detailed biography.

January 29th, 2006
Liz has composed original music for this reading of Yerma by Frederico Garcia Lorca, which is adapted by Caridad Svich and directed by Kay Matschullat.

Spider Opera
February 24th at 7pm and 25th at 7pm+10pm
P.S. 122
A performance piece with Taylor Mac, produced with the assistance of Mabou Mines.

The Dybbuk
20th-29th, 2006
NYU Tisch Mainstage
Liz will be directing an unusual and frightening interpretation of this classic play.  Don't miss it!

Liz has composed music for Bokan, a unique dance drama by Frederico Restrepo.  Bokan will be performed in Bogota, Columbia on April 6, 2006.

Reality Radio Show
Liz is currently in rehearsal at New York University with nine talented students to create a show that will be performed for the entire university. "Reality Radio Show" will perform for three weeks starting on the 18th of August, with some performances open to the public. Two years ago, there were four suicides among students at the university. The university immediately took action to prevent such tragedy from occurring again. The "Reality Radio Show" is part of a program to increase awareness among new and existing students about the dangers of depression and isolation. More information will be available soon.


At Play

Liz's newest book, "At Play" is a textbook for teachers and directors who are working with young students (ages 9 to 20). Creatively written with biographical anecdotes and extremely helpful exercises, "At Play" will be published by Faber & Faber in June of this year.


Elizabeth Swados received her BA from Bennington College and an honorary Doctorate from Hobart/William Smith College.  She has composed, written and directed over 30 theater pieces including "The Trilogy", "Nightclub Cantata", "Runaways", "Alice in Concert" (with Meryl Streep) "Doonesbury", and "Rap Master Ronnie" (both with Garry Trudeau), "The Haggadah", "Jerusalem" (with Yehudah Amichai), and "The 49 Years" (with Estelle Parsons).  These have been performed at LaMaMa, The Public Theater, The Manhattan Theatre Club, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, and other theaters on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and all over the world. 

As a composer, Ms. Swados has also written music for film and television, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. 

As an author, Ms. Swados has published three novels, three non-fiction books, and nine children's books.  Her newest books are My Depression (April 2005) and Sidney's Animal Rescue (now available).  She is currently writing a memoir/text book for Faber & Faber about creating theater with adolescents.  Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Vogue, "O", and she is included in a number of journals and anthologies.  She has also collaborated on film scripts with Milos Forman (based on her musical "Groundhog"), Marlon Brando, and Sean Penn, and on television scripts with Tom Fontana and Kelsey Grammer's production company.

Her expertise with young people is exemplified by seven shows made for and with teenagers, including "Runaways" on Broadway, and "The Hating Pot", a PBS Special.  Her two most recent works for young adults are "Heart and Mind" about mental illness in children, and "Everything is different", both for national video release.

Ms. Swados is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Ford Fellowship, a Covenant Foundation Grant, three Obies, 5 Tony nominations, a Special Pen Citation, a Cine Award, and a Mira Award, among others.

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