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Eliza Ladd is a performer, director, stage writer, composer, and choreographer from NYC. She is currently Associate Professor of Movement and Dance at the FSU / Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training MFA. Eliza holds a BA in Comparative Religion from Harvard University and an MFA in Theater: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University.

Eliza has created original multi-disciplinary work in NYC at PS 122, Dixon Place, Movement Research, the Knitting Factory, Joyce Soho, and at The Berkshire Fringe. She has performed at La Mama, the Kitchen, NY Theater Workshop, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and with Shakespeare and Company in MA.

In Sarasota, Eliza has created and directed Tigers Above and Tigers Below and Selfie of the Ancients for the New Music New College performance series. She has collaborated with Sarasota Contemporary Dance to create the Dali Picasso Project at the Dali Museum in St Petersberg and performed her solo show O Let Me Just Be the Greek Whore that I Am at the first-ever Sarasolo Festival. Eliza developed a new solo piece, Autobiography of the Human Species, for a work in progress showing in the ‘In Studio Series’ at Sarasota Contemporary Dance in 2019. In February 2021 Eliza wrote and performed Gravity and Levity a new work created for Zoom and live-streamed by Sarasota Contemporary Dance. This show is being re-streamed by Franklin Furnace, NYC in August 2021.


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Giovanni Fusetti Clown Master Teacher

“When emotional wilderness meets stage presence, timing meets music and sounds meet vibration, then you meet Eliza: sparkling theatricality. A delight to have been her clown teacher.”

Barbara Dilley Contemplative Arts and Improvisation Innovator

Eliza creates a poetic theater embedded with song, collage style images and objects that have a real aliveness, an overall feeling of power, depth, and raw beauty . . ."

Leigh Fondakowski Playright / Director

Eliza Ladd’s work is stunning. She is discovering a new genre of theater using image, ensemble movement, and found objects. These theatrical elements work together to make her work soar: soundscape becomes character; the human body becomes story telling in her unique theatrical events.