Writing Bio

Elisabeth is primarily a playwright, though she also writes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.


As a playwright, her plays have been produced in five countries and 11 states. She has been selected for the Yale Writers Conference (now Yale Writers' Workshop), the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, and as a reader on the national committee for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. 

Elisabeth received her B.A. in Theatre and English-Creative Writing from Denison University, where she studied with poets David Baker and Peter Grandbois, essayist Margot Singer, and with playwrights Peter Pauze, Mark Evans Bryan, and Gretchen Cryer. 

She received her M.F.A. in Fiction from Butler University, focusing on young adult fiction and dramatic writing, working with novelists Allison Lynn and Michael Dahlie on her YA thesis and with visiting screenwriter/documentary filmmaker Alix Lambert on dramatic works. While in the MFA, she was a reader for the program's literary magazine Booth, A Journal. 

Elisabeth has studied additionally under playwrights Andrew Black, Tom Horan, Lary Bloom, cfrancis blackchild, Howard Blanning, Mark Harvey Levine, Emma Goldman-Sherman, and Caridad Svich, and has taken workshops with Lauren Gunderson, Sarah Ruhl, Mark Bly, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Jacqueline E. Lawton, Chisa Hutchinson, and Gary Garrison.

She is especially interested in exploring intergenerational relationships, themes of motherhood and parenthood, and race relations in the United States. Additionally, she is interested in adaptation, American mythologies, docudrama/ethnodrama, theatre for young audiences, and solo performance.


Elisabeth is teaching a virtual workshop entitled "Making the Most of Monologues: How to Craft Compelling Speeches for the Stage" for the Indiana Writers Center in December 2021. For more information (or to register) visit here. 


My Heart is a Kaleidoscope (Waiting to be Turned) was selected by Dramatic Question Theatre for its DQTini series. 


Elisabeth recently attended the 2021 Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive.


CATCH/RELEASE was named a finalist in the Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women.

A monologue from Bartleby & Bess was selected for Best Men's Monologues 2021, forthcoming from Smith & Kraus. 

Continued on Page 12 was selected for American Blues Theatre's 2021 Ripped Festival and will appear on their website.  


Mother Ever After was a finalist for The PlayGround Experiment's Faces of America Monologue Festival #2.  


NIXIN' NIXON and Shoelaces have been shortlisted by SHORT + SWEET Dubai 2021.


IOU was a finalist in Forward Theatre Company's Within These Walls Monologue Festival. 

Upcoming Productions & Readings

Suburban Buffalo Sighting

Housebound series

Mind the Gap Theatre

New York, NY



The Pumpkin Pact

2021 Short Play Festival

American Lives Theatre

Indianapolis, IN

October 14-17, 2021


Northland Pioneer College

Show Low, AZ

November 13-28, 2021