Elizabeth was raised in Central America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Connecticut as a Guatemalan-American business brat of Chinese-Spanish-Irish-French-German-English-Dutch descent. She graduated from Wesleyan University, where she got her B.A. in English Literature. Elizabeth transferred to Wesleyan from Wellesley College, where she had won the Isabelle Eastman Fisk Performance Prize for acting. After graduating, she attended the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City during the summer before she moved to Los Angeles.
Elizabeth's essay about the process of writing her solo show, "Checked Baggage: Writing Unpacked," was recently published in the anthology Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids. She has presented excerpts of her show at East West Players, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and the "5,000 Women" Festival. She recently had a staged reading of an almost-complete draft at Beyond Baroque in Venice, California.
On stage Elizabeth has acted at East West Players, Theatre of NOTE, the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Quantum Theatre Co., 2100 Sq Ft, and Pacific Resident Theatre, among others. She has won Stage Scene LA, Garland, and LA Weekly Awards for her performances. She was twice named one of the "5 Best Stage Actresses of the Year" by Review Plays.
Elizabeth has acted in both English- and Spanish-language features and short films that have been screened all over the globe. Some of her television credits include "Law & Order: LA" and a recurring role on "The West Wing."
Elizabeth is the co-host of the podcast "Hapa Happy Hour," which explores the mixed-heritage experience. This subject was also highlighted in her production of Chekhov's Three Sisters. She wrote an essay about the experience, "Transforming Three Sisters," which will soon be published in a special issue of the scholarly journal Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies. She continues to search for ways to give voice to the experiences of TCKs/global nomads and multi-ethnic people like herself.
Awards & Recognitions
- Stage Scene LA Award for Best Leading Actress
- ReviewPlays Award for Best Leading Actress (twice)
- Stage Scene LA Award for Best Ensemble
- LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Ensemble
- Garland Award for Best Ensemble