Elizabeth’s work began in theatre where her first play FOUR CORNERS OF SUBURBIA was produced by Double Helix Theatre Company and directed by Alan Langdon, a Master Teacher of Acting at the Circle in the Square Repertory. After the play’s successful run at The 30th Street Theatre (New York), it went on to win first runner-up at Stages Repertory Theatre’s Southwest Festival of New Plays.
The enthusiastic reception of FOUR CORNERS OF SUBURBIA encouraged Elizabeth to adapt the play for the screen and direct her first feature film. The highlights of her experience in theatre and film include working with legendary theatre director André Gregory producing a radio production of Wallace Shawn’s play THE DESIGNATED MOURNER, as well as working as a researcher for director Mike Newell on Revolution Studio’s MONA LISA SMILE starring Julia Roberts.
With a talented ensemble cast led by Mädchen Amick and Paul Blackthorne, FOUR CORNERS OF SUBURBIA received its world premiere at the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival. It went on to screen at numerous international film festivals including The Crossroads Film Festival, where it won “Best Narrative Feature,” and The Avignon Film Festival, where it won “Best Music.” The film was picked up for distribution by Vanguard Cinema.
Elizabeth is presently in development on THE BLACK MONK, a psychological thriller set in Spain that looks at the fine line between mystical experience and psychosis, with producer Nitsa Benchetrit of Katsize Films whose credits include Israel Horovitz’s MY OLD LADY starring Kevin Kleine, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. Elizabeth is also at work on a feature documentary THE SEARCH FOR A THEORY OF EVERYTHING about the struggles and controversies of physicists’ thirty-year quest to discover a unified theory of nature.
Elizabeth’s other screenplays include TOE, a comedy about three unemployed artists who try to reclaim their lives by shooting a documentary about the Holy Grail of physics, and THE LINDEN TREE, a story about a young woman’s attempt to transcend the violence of her times based on the diaries of the Dutch Jew Etty Hillesum.
A citizen of both the United States and Italy, Elizabeth is a graduate of Vassar College where she received her B.A. as a Medieval-Renaissance Studies Major with concentrations in literature and art history.
Name: Elizabeth Puccini
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Director, Producer, Screenwriter and Script Consultant
Unique traits: Dual Citizenship: The United States and Italy
Four Corners of Suburbia
Drama by Duino Productions LLC Writer/Director/Producer
"Best Narrative Feature," Crossroads Film Festival
"Best Music," Avignon Film Festival
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY)