Though Elizabeth Swados is perhaps best know for her Broadway and international hit ‘Runaways’, she has composed, written and directed for over thirty years. Her works include the Obie Award winning ‘Trilogy’ at La Mama and ‘Alice at the Palace’ with Meryl Streep at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and at sites all over the world. She has created scores for many films, including the upcoming documentary ‘Truth be Told’ about a family searching for the truth about the Jews who may have aided the Nazis in Vienna in WW II.
Her latest musical, ‘Kaspar Hauser: A Foundling’s Opera’ premiered at the Flea Theater in Manhattan in the spring of 2009. Other recent productions include ‘Atonement’, a theatrical oratorio presented at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, an adaptation of S. Ansky’d ‘The Dybbuk’ at NYU/Tisch School for the Arts, ‘Spider Operas’ at PS 122 (with Mabou Mines), and ‘Political Subversities’ at Joe’s Pub.
In conjunction with Forward Face, Ms Swados recently released a children’s CD, ‘Everyone is Different’, that has been distributed to three thousand schools across the country. She has also published novels, non-fiction books, and children’s books and received the Ken Award and the New York Public Library Award for her book ‘My Depression: A Picture Book.’
Other awards include five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Ford Grant, Helen Hayes Award, Lila Acheson Wallace award, and a PEN Citation.