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Elizabeth Saunders



Elizabeth Saunders is an acclaimed actor, director and teacher, with 30 years of experience in theatre, tv and film. As an actor she has worked extensively in theatres throughout Canada: highlights include Jaques in As You Like It (SLSF), Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Chekov Collective), 4:48 Psychosis (Aether of Us), Glengarry Glen Ross (Jet Girls Prod.) The Vibrator Play, (Tarragon/NAC), Transit of Venus (Canadian Stage/Theatre Calgary/NAC), The Crucible, La Bete, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Citadel Theatre) Dancing at Lughnasa (The Grand/ MTC/NAC), Goodnight Desdemona/Goodmorning Juliet (Grand Theatre) Unless, The Stone Angel (Canadian Stage), Stones and Ashes, StopHeart, 6 Essential Questions (Factory Theatre), Confederation (Videocabaret – Dora Nomination), Unidentified Human Remains (Workshop West), and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton ( Nexus Theatre – Sterling Nomination) as well as 4 seasons at the Shaw Festival. Directing credits include A Good Death (Cool Meg Prd.) Holy Mothers ~ Die Prasidentinnen (Summerworks-Outstanding Direction, Ensemble & design, NOW Magazine), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest ( Highlands), Remote, Prince of Denmark, and AS IF (which she adapted from As You Like It) for Young People’s Theatre, where she’s been a resident artist-educator. Assistant directing: Speed the Plow (Soulpepper), A Tender Thing (Belfry) and Beyond the Cuckoo’s Nest (YPT).Twice shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson Prize Liz holds a BFA in acting from the University of Alberta and an MA in Theatre and Performance from the University of Toronto, and has instructed at leading arts schools and organizations including George Brown, YPT, and Soulpepper, as well as coaching privately. She has a background in movement, voice, and improv, and is also a writer. She also has an extensive acting career both on camera and in voice-over. Film and T.V. highlights include: Alias Grace, It, Imposters, Orphan Black, Slings and Arrows, Saving Hope, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, Murdoch Mysteries, Trojan Horse, Northshore Fish, and the long running cartoon Franklin the Turtle. CAEA/ACTRA . Website: https://www.elizabethsaunders.info/