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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,]

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


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,]

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


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,]

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

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