Artist Bio

Elizabeth Laidlaw

Elizabeth Laidlaw

(Bio as of June 2022)

Elizabeth Laidlaw (Director) has worked professionally in theater and film/television for 29 years. She is the founding artistic director of Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, producing every season from 2003 to 2018, directing Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew and co-directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Jeff Christian) and Henry VIII (with Christy Arington.)  She helmed the critically-acclaimed Girl in the Red Corner for Broken Nose Theatre for the 2018-2019 season. At Steppenwolf, she assisted director Terry Kinney with East of Eden and served as the intimacy consultant on The Doppelgänger. She was as the violence and intimacy designer for A Moon for the Misbegotten at Writers Theatre. On camera, she co-produced (with Mia McCullough) The Haven web series and directed the second episode. Most recently, she wrote, produced and directed the short film To Be Continued, currently in post-production. Elizabeth has taught acting and directing at Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre, Columbia College, Illinois Wesleyan University, the Chicago Academy of the Arts, Harold Ramis Film School and Flashpoint Chicago.