Award Winning Director, Actress & Film Maker:
Where I grew up radio and television were taboo. Mine was a very strict religious upbringing “on steroids”. Raised on my family's 1800's homestead by German-Swiss parents of Amish Mennonite heritage. I dreamed of freedom, however was captive within the fold. At seventeen, I escaped to a foreign world, modern society. My adventures extreme from burlesque to spiritual teachings. I studied taboo things like chakras, eastern meditations, modeling and makeup; exposing me to the world of cinema. In 2002, I found my artistic family at Playhouse West where rigorous training for stage, screen and film productions began with mentors: James Franco, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Carnegie and Martin Donovan.
My films have been well received at Independent Film Festivals. In 2017, I won Best Director; the HolyShorts Award; Audience Choice Best Short Film and Best Lead Actress awards for Sanvean. I was elated when nominated Best Actress alongside screen-icon Shirley MacLaine for my starring role in The Long Wait which also won Storytelling Achievement; Best Actor and Best Short Film Awards in 2014.
Competitive outdoor cycling and hot yoga are my favorite sports. Since 2009, I've been a grief support advocate with Elevating Hope, a nonprofit, whose mission helps people understand grief.
Name: Elizabeth Yoder
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Yoala Creative, Play Four Films
Occupation: Actor, Director and Filmmaker
Unique traits: Disciplined, Dedicated, Passionate Team Player
Best Actress Audience Choice Award - Playhouse West Film Festival
Best Actor - Beaufort International Film Festival
Best Short Film - Beaufort International Film Festival
Best Actress - Jersey Shore Short Film Festival
Nominated Best Short Film - Jersey Shore Short Film Festival
Nominated Best Actress - Hill Country Film Festival
Nominated Cinema Dulce Award (Best in Show) - Hill Country Film Festival
Nominated Audience Award - Hill Country Film Festival
Nominated Best Short - Playhouse West Film Festival
Nominated Audience Choice Award - Playhouse West Film Festival
Film (Drama and Short) Director, Adaptation, Actress A bereaved woman mourns tremendous loss and struggles to accept redemption. Stuck in an unhealthy grieving pattern, Sanvean's mother, Margo, has adopted debilitating ways to hold on to memories, which bring her to a breaking point.
Film (Drama and Short) Writer, Producer, Actress A successful model is confronted with the disparity between her lucrative career and her desire to be a greater contribution than just her physical appearance. Experiencing being stuck and at her breaking point, she destroys her safe, familiar cocoon only to emerge with the determination to integrating her inner and outer worlds and realize her full potential. Written by Anonymous
Film (Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime and 1 More) Director, Actress An illegal poker game turns ugly as the stakes are raised to reveal an unexpected twist.
Film (Short, Action, Drama and Thriller) Actress As an ode to women in film comes a narrative of an organized and violent response to the state of political and social affairs regarding women and minorities rights in America. In the vein and mix of such classic films as "Blue Velvet", "Clockwork Orange", "Fargo", Cassavetes' "Gloria" along with "Columbiana", "Le Femme Nikita" with a twist like "The Usual Suspects" comes "DIAMOND"- A dark, poignant, provocative, political and off beat tale about a young girl named Diamond who witnessed a horrific incident and was deceived, betrayed, programmed and manipulated by a notorious Feminist organization FEAN (Female Empowered Assassin Network) to become their centerpiece and one of their most efficient, elite and disturbed assassins as she confronts her inner-struggle of good and evil, light and dark, and hypocrisy on her journey. Written by Ty Granderson Jones
Film (Drama) Actress Fifteen true life stories from people struggling with love, loss, homelessness, alcoholism, betrayal and suicidal tendencies. This film explores those moments, big and small, in which strangers impact another person's life in ways they couldn't possibly imagine, all in an effort to answer that elusive question, "What is it all about?" Written by RareForm Pictures
Film (Short and Comedy) Director A sock is in for a huge surprise when it's owner, Jimmy, takes him on an unexpected adventure.
Film by Elizabeth Yoder (Comedy and Short) Director, Actress Two casting directors from Dusseldorf hold auditions in Hollywood looking for anyone who can cry cue.
Film by Play Four Films (Drama and Short) Director, Actress A young thespian, Cleo, is discovered while rehearsing classical Shakespeare. She realizes to late that trading her passion for fame and fortune clashes with the desires of her heart and that breaking corporate rules may well rob her of her humanity.
Television (Drama) Actress A disinherited daughter seeks to resolve her most private grief from the harsh abandonment by her father at his funeral.
Talk to Me
Film (Short, Action, Crime and Drama) Actress A middle aged man recounts his childhood as he lays dying from a gunshot wound. It's an excerpt from a feature script.
Television (Horror) Director Sara, must become "super mom" in this horror style episode to save her daughter, Lexi, from being possessed by the supernatural poltergeist phenomena that the AV equipment has been triggered in their otherwise peaceful, loving home environment. Written by Anonymous
The Long Wait
Film (Drama, Family and Short) Producer, Actress A wrathful woman seeks revenge against the man who ruined her life.
Film (Action, Comedy, Romance and Short) Director, Actress Crime team takes on a hot, young apprentice in this cat and mouse game leaving us wonder who's the real mastermind behind it all?
Film (Short and Comedy) Actress Add a Plot »
Ocean Front Property
Film (Comedy and Romance) Actress Jane Holly is used to the Hollywood glitz and glamor. But after a scandalous affair with a director gets her in the tabloids, she is run out of Hollywood. With no other place to go, Jane returns to her small town, "Globe" in an attempt to pick up the pieces of her life. Written by Face'
Film (Crime and Drama) Actress In Cayman Island, the daughter of a powerful man - Andrea - and the fisherman Shy are in a deep but secret love, hidden from Andrea's parents. When Andrea's father sails in a fish-trip, they have a night of love at Andrea's home; however they sleep and are surprised by the arrival of her family in the morning. Later, Andrea's brother Hammer throws acid on the face of Shy and spends four months in prison. In Miami, the dirty businessman Carl Ridley is chased by Federal agents and escapes with his teenage daughter Pippa to Cayman Island trying to reach his lawyer Mr. Allen. Pippa meets the small time thief Fritz sleeping in her room and he invites her to go a party. Before leaving the condo, Fritz sees Carl counting lots of money. Fritz owes money to the dangerous drug dealer Richie Rich and tells him about the fortune Carl has. Along a Friday 13th night, their lives entwine in a chain of tragic events. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Film (Comedy and Romance) Actress Arty film-within-a-film revolves around seven people with little in common whose lives collide. Written by Anonymous
Film (Action) Actress A sex addicted, deranged, action actor travels across America to make a movie about mass killers - all the while hilariously ranting against corrupt Hollywood icons and international faith based terrorism. How does an Actor become a killer? Written by IvanWong
James Franco School of Acting - Studio 4
Playhouse West School and Repertory Theatre