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, 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 a leading presenter of great world drama in Southern California.
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.
Richard Ellingsen, President
Hon. Lourdes G. Baird
Gloria Villalobos Mullendore
Lynda Jenner Whaley
Wendy West Brenninkmeijer
Geoff Elliott & Julia Rodriguez-Elliott
Co-Producing Artistic Directors
Michael joined the company in July 2013 and as Managing Director he looks forward to continuing to build on A Noise Within’s reputation as the preeminent classical theater of Southern California. It was Michael’s producing experience at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a six-person, sixty-minute Macbeth that inspired him to pursue a career in theater management. He serves as the secretary of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles (Large Theatres) and has presented on professionalization in the American Theater at the Theater Communications Group National Conference and at LA Stage Alliance. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Stanford and an M.F.A. in theater management from Yale School of Drama, including a fellowship with Barry Grove at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Libby joined A Noise Within in July 2014 with eight years of experience in arts management. She is passionate about supporting the growth and success of the Theatre, as well as finding new ways for the ANW community to connect with the artists and work that inspires them. Prior to working at A Noise Within, Libby was the Associate Director of Development at Alonzo King LINES Ballet in San Francisco. She has also held development positions at The San Francisco Decorator Showcase and The Minnesota Opera. Libby received a master’s in nonprofit management from University of San Francisco and a bachelor of science in dance and arts administration from Butler University.
Alicia has worked as a teaching artist and arts administrator for over nine years in New York, Denver, and Los Angeles—and has been educating ages 6-96 in this position since November 2013. She is a working actor with a passion for bringing the arts into the lives (and classrooms!) of everyone. After working as a theater teaching artist for many years—integrating theater into the history/ELA standards— she moved into arts administration full time. Alicia holds a B.A. in theater and music from Fordham University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.
A mainstay at A Noise Within since 1993, Deborah wears many hats. In addition to addressing all subscriber needs, managing the box office, transitioning ANW from manual ticketing to online sales, over-seeing the front of house, mentoring interns, and teaching Acting Shakespeare in our conservatory, Deborah is also an ANW Resident Artist and has performed in over 70 productions on the Lawrence Stage, including Prospero in The Tempest, Lola in Come Back, Little Sheba, and Ma Joad in The Grapes of Wrath. Deborah holds an MFA in performing arts from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Madeleine joined A Noise Within in June 2015. She brings with her an array of development experience including directing face-to-face campaigns and drafting government grant proposals. Previously, she held development positions at the YWCA of San Gabriel Valley and Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. Madeleine attended her first performance at A Noise Within almost two decades ago and relishes every opportunity to share her enthusiasm for the Company’s work. She earned a Master of Arts in Religion from Claremont Graduate University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Religious Studies from Macalester College.
Anna joined at ANW in March 2012 and spent her first two years with the company as a box office assistant, before assuming her present role. She began her theatre career as an actor in high school and went on to receive a B.A. in drama from UC Irvine, where she found a greater affinity with the inner workings of the medium, from stage management to costume design. After college, Anna worked as the resident graphic designer and production photographer (and occasional costume designer!) for a children’s theatre company, where she learned a greater appreciation for education in the arts.
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