PICT Names Elizabeth Elias Huffman as Artistic Director


The Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre announced today that PICT will return, with Elizabeth Elias Huffman as its new artistic director.
Huffman, a longtime theater artist and Monongahela native, posted the announcement on Facebook. Her three decades of work include serving as artistic or co-artistic director of companies based in Los Angeles, New York City and Portland, Oregon.



PICT suspended all operations, including canceling a much-anticipated production of The Boys in the Band, last July, when Alan Stanford was removed as artistic and executive director. Stanford had replaced PICT co-founder Andrew Paul in 2013.

Last year, Huffman was seen in Carnegie in Not My Revolution, a tour-de-force solo show written and performed by Huffman, directed by Louanne Moldovan and produced by Off the Wall Productions

Not My Revolution has been seen in Germany, Portland, New Mexico and New York. Huffman also wrote and directed a bilingual Day of the Dead play, Amor Añejo, for Milagro Theatre in 2019, and is working on a new project, titled The Sphere of Human Folly. 

Elizabeth Elias Huffman in Not My Revolution at Carnegie Stage.

Huffman has served as artistic director or co-artistic director of the classical companies The Beacon Project in New York, The Classical Theatre Lab in Los Angeles, her international company ICAP in Los Angeles and The Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon in Portland. As a director, she is known for her revisionist productions of classical plays. (Read more at https://artistsrep.org/artists/elizabeth-huffman/)

Huffman’s experience in all areas of theater administration will be “an invaluable asset” to Eileen Clancy, who continues as PICT’s interim executive director.

The PICT announcement quoted actor Alfred Molina as saying, “I have worked with [Huffman] on productions as varied as The Bear by Anton Chekov and to Pinero’s Trewlawney of the Wells. Her approach to the work is always organic, intellectually rigorous and from the heart.”

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