Elizabeth Nelson is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and communications professional. From 2009 to 2016, she worked for the national labor union, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), launching SDC Journal, a quarterly magazine celebrating the crafts of stage direction and choreography. She retired from her position as art director in September 2018.
In March 2017, Elizabeth joined the dedicated staff at Berkshire Humane Society, the only open-admission animal shelter in Berkshire County serving more than 1,200 animals and 2,000 people each year with varied services and programs. As the marketing and communications manager, she is responsible for developing and designing communication materials, marketing special events, writing about animals, promoting pet adoption on social media, and managing the website. She frequently takes a leadership role in special projects.
Elizabeth is also deeply involved with Catwalk Boutique, a resale shop specializing in gently-used, fashionable and current, women’s clothing. Catwalk Boutique is entirely stocked by donations, and all sales benefit BHS. In December 2018, Elizabeth assisted in the opening of a second shop. Learn more at catwalkboutique.org.
Her artistic endeavors have included: writing short stories, plays, and poetry; directing plays; designing theatrical scenery and costumes; painting and drawing.
Elizabeth is a member of Berkshire Voices, a playwriting group operating under Berkshire Playwrights Lab, the only organization solely dedicated to new work in the Berkshires. Berkshire Voices featured her new play, Colors Inside the Body, in November 2018.
Her play, The Golden Hour, was workshopped in March 2018 by The Athena Project in Denver, Colorado. Fugue, A Ten-Minute Play was published by Black Box Press in 2006 and is consistently produced world wide. Her ten-minute play, The Going Price, which was selected as part of Red Bull Theatre’s inaugural new play festival in NYC, was published by Steele Spring Stage Rights in spring 2016.
Elizabeth is an outdoor enthusiast and animal welfare advocate and has volunteered for the ASPCA, Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (H.E.A.R.T.), Farm Forward, and Catskill Animal Sanctuary. A graduate of Texas Wesleyan University and Sarah Lawrence College, she lives in the Berkshires with her husband, three cats, and a puggle named Harper Lee. Harper is, of course, an adoption alumna of Berkshire Humane Society.