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Current Projects


Current Projects

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Current Projects


Current Projects

The Mother Line Story Project

At Abingdon Theater Co.'s Dorothy Strelsin Theater

December 2nd

The Mother Line Story Project December 2nd at 7:00pm Created and performed by the members of The Mother Line Story Project Dir. by Kel Haney The Abingdon Theater Co. Dorothy Strelsin Theater 

The Mother Line Story Project

December 2nd at 7:00pm
Created and performed by the members of The Mother Line Story Project
Dir. by Kel Haney
The Abingdon Theater Co. Dorothy Strelsin Theater 

Recent Projects

The Woodsman Written by James Ortiz and developed by Strangemen and Co. Dir. James Ortiz and Claire Karpen New World Stages

The Woodsman
Written by James Ortiz and developed by Strangemen and Co.
Dir. James Ortiz and Claire Karpen
New World Stages

The Tin Man falls in love with [the witch’s] barefoot slave Nimmee (an appealing Eliza Simpson),....The spectacle is handmade, infused with breath and light. [Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times]

Ortiz and Eliza Simpson are at the core of this pulse as Nick and Nimmee, the main characters of the tragic love story. Small yet infinitely endearing moments are built into the pair's early meetings, which the actors perform with captivating tenderness and humor. A simple tree-chopping lesson and innocent play with shadow puppets unassumingly establish the profound love that motivates Nick's ultimate sacrifice. Simpson's striking performance gives us a peek through Nick's love-fogged goggles. From the anguish in her interactions with the Witch to her spot-on comic coyness with her adored woodman, she boasts an impressive range of emotions through her abundantly expressive and magnetic physicality… [Hayley Levitt, Theater Mania]

As Nimmee, Eliza Simpson embodies strength, earthiness, and resolve, her tentative exterior peeled away by the love of a simple Munchkin boy and her courage ignited by the possibilities it brings to her life. Remember that all of this is achieved with a minimum of words, the actors conveying so much with the body. It’s magical... [Mark Robinson Writes, "When Theater Leaves You Breathless"]

Workshops in Progress

13 Clocks
 Strangemen and Co. (The Woodsman, On The Head of a Pin)

Guildhall Theater, East Hampton

 

Mario the Comet That Stopped the World

New Plays for Young Audiences’ 2015

Book and lyrics by Gabriel Jason Dean, Music by David Dabbon

Directed by Courtney Sale

 

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Press


Eliza grew up in Nyack, New York. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 with a BFA in Acting. She now lives in NYC. 

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Press


Eliza grew up in Nyack, New York. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2012 with a BFA in Acting. She now lives in NYC. 

The Mother Line Story Project at Abingdon's Dorothy Strelsin Theater on BroadwayWorld.com



The Woodsman (2016, New World Stages)

Ms. Simpson does some charming clowning. [Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times]

As Nimmee, Eliza Simpson embodies strength, earthiness, and resolve, her tentative exterior peeled away by the love of a simple Munchkin boy and her courage ignited by the possibilities it brings to her life. Remember that all of this is achieved with a minimum of words, the actors conveying so much with the body. It’s magical... [Mark Robinson Writes, "When Theater Leaves You Breathless"]

The Woodsman (2015, 59E59 Theaters)

The Tin Man falls in love with [the witch’s] barefoot slave Nimmee (an appealing Eliza Simpson),....The spectacle is handmade, infused with breath and light. [Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times]

Ortiz and Eliza Simpson are at the core of this pulse as Nick and Nimmee, the main characters of the tragic love story. Small yet infinitely endearing moments are built into the pair's early meetings, which the actors perform with captivating tenderness and humor. A simple tree-chopping lesson and innocent play with shadow puppets unassumingly establish the profound love that motivates Nick's ultimate sacrifice. Simpson's striking performance gives us a peek through Nick's love-fogged goggles. From the anguish in her interactions with the Witch to her spot-on comic coyness with her adored woodman, she boasts an impressive range of emotions through her abundantly expressive and magnetic physicality… [Hayley Levitt, Theater Mania]

Emotions are communicated through simple gestures, grunts and glances, not one wasted. The Woodsman is a grown up fairy tale. [Raven Snook, Time Out New York, CRITIC’S PICK]

The performances, especially Eliza Simpson’s as a Nimmee of shimmering innocence and likability, are just right. [Matthew Murray, TalkinBroadway.com]

Ms. Simpson does an excellent job miming her part. The Woodsman is a joy, radiating a vibrant, youthful, loving energy and artfulness. [Dmitry Zonkov, Stageandcinema.com]

 

The Mysteries

Eliza Simpson offers some hilarious comic relief in [her] various roles… [Michael Block, Theater in the Now]

- a very joyful noise. There’s much to enjoy... like Bess Wohl’s “The Denial of Peter,” which narrates the tale from the perspective of the women (Janice Amaya, Eleanor Philips, and Eliza Simpson).

           [Alexis Soloski, NY Times]

 

The Woodsman (2014)

The crux of the tale is the love story that unfolds between Nick and a Munchkin girl named Nimmie (played by the beautifully expressive Eliza Simpson)...... Simpson's performance as Nimmie wins our hearts (not to mention Nick's) with her tender vulnerability and innocence that perfectly suits the mythic yet organic quality of the story. [Hayley Levitt, TheaterMania.com]

Eliza Simpson is radiant as Nick’s love interest, Nimmie. [Mallory Delchamp, NYTheaterguide.com]

 

Yankee Wives

The rookie wife Wyla, played by Eliza Simpson, stole the show. She is awkward, innocent to a point, untutored, easily awestruck and absolutely genuine.   She completely embraces the role. The best compliment I can give is that you instantly feel that you know her. [Raphael Badagliacca, Ushernonsense.com]

David Rimmer directs six stellar actresses. Eliza Simpson’s “Wyla Lee” is especially strong. [Ralph Greco, shortandsweetnyc.com]
 

Check out this awesome article from Backstage Magazine, complete with hilarious cover photo! 

Video Clip of my speech as the Class of 2012's Student Speaker, Mason Gross School of the Arts Convocation, May 12th 2012

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Speech Coaching



Coaching

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Speech Coaching



Coaching

Eliza Simpson, Speech Coach

Certified Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork

ACCENT COACHING - ACCENT REDUCTION - PUBLIC SPEAKING

I first became interested in Speech when I attended Rutgers University, where I graduated with a BFA in Theater. I have studied the voice and speech techniques of Kristen Linklater, Patricia Fletcher, Catherine Fitzmaurice, and Dudley Knight. I am also certified to teach Knight-Thompson Speechwork. My primary goal in coaching is to help others claim the power of their voice. 

I first became interested in Speech when I attended Rutgers University, where I graduated with a BFA in Theater. I have studied the voice and speech techniques of Kristen Linklater, Patricia Fletcher, Catherine Fitzmaurice, and Dudley Knight. I am also certified to teach Knight-Thompson Speechwork. My primary goal in coaching is to help others claim the power of their voice. 

Set Up Your First Lesson

For those of you in New York City or in the Rockland County Area, I provide 1 hour private sessions in your home or place of work. Fill out the form below to set up an introductory phone call at no charge. Once we establish what you hope to achieve through coaching I can figure out the best way to help you reach your goal and prepare a lesson tailored to your needs.

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Accent Coaching for Actors

Any accent is possible! Whether for a specific role or general knowledge individual coaching will give you a strong technical hold on a new accent. I work with actors on specific text to adapt vocal posture and sound changes. We apply these to exercises and improvisation to give you a nuanced and authentic accent that truly is your own.

Accent Reduction

For English as a second language speakers American Pronunciation can feel like a hurdle or an anxiety. Individualized coaching will address your specific needs so that you can express your self with Confidence and Clarity.  

I divide my lessons into 2 major components,

First, Articulation, Rhythm, and Placement in the Mouth (which controls the overall tone of the accent).

Next, we focus on Grammar, Syntax, Unfamiliar Sounds, and Common Phrasing. We cover strategies on how to tackle difficult topics or difficult people and apply them in improvised work place scenarios and social settings. This will give you the calm and confidence to take control in any conversation. 

Public Speaking

Giving a toast? or a presentation at work? These simple public speaking skills will help you get your message across and leave a lasting impression. Stance, breathing, and intelligibility are integral parts of a likable, charismatic presentation. 

 

Testimonials

Eliza's depth of study in accents and phonetics coupled with her warm personality, professionalism, creativity, integrity and attention to detail make her a fantastic coach.  She is able to draw from her own experience as an actor and public speaker to help her clients bring their work to the next level.  Eliza is the kind of coach who wants to see you succeed, and will help you gain the speech and accent skill you need to do so. - Jane Guyer Fujita, Voice and Speech faculty at Yale School of Drama and the A.R.T at Harvard University

I engaged the expert services of Eliza to help minimize my Australian accent for auditioning purposes as an actress. She is a charming, talented coach who was able to really direct me to the areas of speech I needed to concentrate on most. Eliza was incredibly helpful in showing me the patterns of speech I had developed over the years and discovering how to break them down and alter them. I have no hesitation in recommending her as voice coach for anyone needing assistance with speech training in any capacity. - Lisa Carrington, Actress

Eliza is one of the most intuitive and technically expert students I've ever had the pleasure of training.  She has a sensitive ear, a strong kinesthetic understanding of speech mechanics, and a gentle, effective way of working with students.  I am very happy to recommend potential new clients to her when I can!  – Julie Foh, Voice and Speech Teacher at National Theater Institute and Rutgers University

"I think you should change the name to "Speak with Presence." "

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