Geoff Elliott & Julia Rodriguez-Elliott
Producing Artistic Directors
A Noise Within Producing Artistic Directors, Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott both hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Florida and a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre. In 1991, with a mere $3,000 from their personal savings account, they set an ambitious vision for ANW: to establish a home for the classics that would present a challenging repertory, take artistic risks, and ensure accessibility to diverse audiences. Through their passion and persistence, the theatre now ranks as the leading presenter of great world drama in Southern California.
In 2012, A Noise Within Producing Artistic Directors, Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, were honored with the inaugural alumni “Contributions to the Field Award” by the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.). The “Contributions to the Field Award” honors distinguished alumni and supporters who have contributed significant leadership in the field of theatre locally and nationally beyond their role as actors and founders. Fellow honorees were The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Annette Bening, and Elizabeth Banks.
Mr. Elliott & Ms. Rodriguez-Elliott have produced more than 120 productions, directed or co-directed more than 40, and have conducted a workshop over five consecutive years for the National Endowment for the Arts Journalism Institute in Theatre and Musical Theatre at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication.
Mr. Elliott has performed major roles for some of the leading regional theatres in America, including The American Conservatory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and California Shakespeare Festival. He has received three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards and more than a dozen other awards for performance and direction.
Ms. Rodriguez-Elliott has extensive experience teaching theatre arts to students from middle school to college and regularly conducts student workshops as part of ANW’s educational programming. Ms. Rodriguez-Elliott has served on theatre panels for organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and LA Stage Alliance, and she regularly lectures at the California Institute for the Arts, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and schools throughout the California State University and University of California school systems. Ms. Rodriguez-Elliott received the 2005 National Latina Business Women’s Association’s Latinas in Business Award in the Arts & Entertainment category, the 2006 Women in Business award from the California State Senate and Assembly, and the 2010 Fifty Fabulous Women of Influence in the San Gabriel Valley Award.
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