As Director

I have directed mainly in the classical rep: Shakespeare, Jacobean and Restoration as well as plays by Pam Gems, Athol Fugard, Timberlake Wertenbaker et al

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As Actor

I have appeared on Broadway, Off and Off Off Broadway, in regional theatres and many tours, working with such as Robert Stephens, Louis Jourdain, George Grizzard, David McAllum, Tammy Grimes and Brian Bedford. I have also appeared in many daytime television shows, and recorded innumerable books and voice overs.

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As Teacher/Coach

My main focus is heightened language, particularly in the plays of Shakespeare, the Jacobean and Restoration periods and the plays of Wilde, Shaw and Coward.

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LizSwainElizabeth Swain is an English born actor, director and teacher who has recently moved to Los Angeles where she is a member of the Antaeus Company. She made her Broadway debut in Charley’s Aunt, opposite Louis Nye and Maureen O’Sullivan. Other Broadway credits include Crown Matrimonial with Eileen Herlie and George Grizzard, Sherlock Holmes with Robert Stephens and a featured role in the NYC Opera’s production of The Crucible, directed by Frank Corsaro. Other acting work includes regional theatres, national tours and plays off and off off Broadway. In Los Angeles she has played the Third Witch in AntaeusMacbeth, Chorus in Oedipus the Man at the Getty Villa, the Ghost in the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company’s Hamlet and has appeared in several Antaeus Classicfest readings. On television she was on One Life to Live, As the World Turns and played Emily for five years on The Guiding Light. She has an active voice over career, including recorded books.

Recent directing credits include Marston’s The Malcontent for Antaeus, Master Harold and the Boys for Cape May Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream for CSULB and The Love of the Nightingale and a Shakespeare evening for AMDA, LA. For Antaeus Classicsfest she has directed Medea, KIng John, The Lucky Chance and The Master Builder amongst others. Other favorite productions include plays by Aphra Behn and Timberlake Wertenbaker, The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Stoppard’s Arcadia and Pam Gems’ Camille.

Elizabeth has led text discussions at Antaeus on Richard II, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale and King John, and was awarded an NEH fellowship to study Shakespeare’s staging at the Blackfriars in Virginia and Shakespeare’s Globe in London. She has taught for the Teachers’ Workshops at the Huntington Library, at A Noise Within and is a regular faculty member with the Antaeus Academy. In NY she taught at the Michael Howard and T Schreiber studios and at NYU, CCNY, Hunter College, Barnard College and is currently Professor Emeritus at Marymount Manhattan College where she taught until her relocation to Los Angeles.