founders & board
Elkin began her career as a professional ballet dancer and musical theatre performer. Favorite credits include: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (First National Company), FAME: THE MUSICAL (West Coast premiere), GYPSY (with Bette Midler), LA CHAMBER BALLET (soloist), and TALES OF HOFFMAN (LA Opera). Behind the scenes, Elkin developed and co-produced the Academy Award-nominated foreign film MOST. This experience inspired the development of Liquid Worldwide, an entertainment company that combines a passion for storytelling with a purpose to benefit humanity. In addition to the many music videos, commercials, charity promos, and short films she has produced, Elkin wrote and produced the documentary feature and humanity campaign NEVER A NEVERLAND and is working on the documentary features DIPLOMAT and CLASS. She is currently in development on the narrative features SIN PADRE, REQUIEM, BREATHING WATER and TEENAGE. As a creative activist, Elkin has developed and produced events, campaigns, and strategies to support the safety and wellness of those affected by AIDS in Africa, child soldiering, sex trafficking and exploitation, and mental illness. Elkin returned to her theatre roots, making her directorial debut with LANE BRADBURY: LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU, AGAIN (Abingdon Theatre and 54 Below). Other directing and/or choreography credits include: a musical version of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, GODSPELL, FUNNY GIRL, BIRD SET FREE, AN OLD STORY by John Patrick Shanley, THE JOURNEY, & THE GLASS MENAGERIE. In 2017 she co-founded Liquid Theatre Collective with Amy Gewirtz. As its Artistic Director, she is leading the development of an original musical based on the life of Marian Anderson. She is also developing a dance-driven revival concept for SWEENEY TODD. Elkin is an alumna of CTI and the Director’s Lab West, a member of the Actors Studio Directors Unit & Playwright Development Unit, and a self-professed musical theatre addict.
Amy Gewirtz is proud to be an investor in the current Broadway production of THE BAND’S VISIT. Previously, Amy invested in the exquisite Deaf West Theatre’s Broadway production of SPRING AWAKENING and the Wallis Annenberg production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, both directed by Michael Arden. Off-Broadway, in the summer of 2017, Amy was a producer/investor in MONEY TALKS and an investor in ENDANGERED, both of which ran at The Davenport Theatre. Her love of theatre, particularly musicals, began in her early childhood as she attended many Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at the Light Opera of Manhattan, where she later worked as an usher and property mistress while in high school. In college, she served as President of the Barnard Gilbert and Sullivan Society and later was Theater Manager of Barnard’s Minor Latham Playhouse. After attending the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC, she worked as an entertainment lawyer in the theatre industry before joining the Motion Picture Association of America, where she focused on anti-piracy issues. From 1990 to 2015, Amy pioneered the New Directions for Attorneys program at Pace Law School in New York, a unique program that assisted over 270 attorneys with their return to the legal profession. Amy currently serves as a Project Consultant at the Abingdon Theatre Company in NYC. She is a CTI alumna, a former member of a Mastermind Group through Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, a very proud mentor to an amazing high school senior through Rosie’s Theatre Kids, and a member of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Angels Circle.
Dan Sachoff is the kind of multi-talented performer that comes around once in a lifetime. With a broadcasting degree from Emerson College under his belt, he began his career in television as a news anchor on Boston's ABC affiliate. But, his true love for comedy and improv began to push him to find a more creative outlet and with an invitation to join the Groundlings, Dan set his sights on Hollywood to launch his career as a comedian, actor and host.
As an actor Dan's credits include his current recurring role on TNT's drama The Closer as well as a recurring role on the final season of the FOX drama Prison Break. Guest starring roles include the HBO landmark series Big Love, the hit crime scene drama Bones (FOX), the Golden Globe nominated mini - series Sleeper Cell for Showtime, Shark (CBS), and a recurring role as "Harry Carmichael" on the apocalyptic thriller Jericho on CBS. Other acting credits include The West Wing, Judging Amy, Will & Grace and Scrubs. Nickelodeon fans my also recognize Dan from The Amanda Show as Amanda's crazy dad in the recurring sketches "Cookie Dooper & The Extremes".
As a television host Dan recently wrapped 90 episodes of Ready For The Weekend on USA Network. Shot in a different city each week, this fast paced show provided the perfect platform for Dan's comedic abilities. In addition to his hosting duties, Dan also contributed to the show behind the camera as a writer and producer.
On the internet Dan is known to web-surfers as Gene Balboa, the slick entertainment mogul from the acclaimed channel 101 series Yacht Rock. If you haven't seen this show, check it out at yachtrock.com. Dan appears in episodes 2 (Keep The Fire), 3 (I'm Alright), 8 (Gino The Manager), 10 (FM) and 11 (Footloose) opposite Jason Lee of My Name is Earl fame. Also on Dan's resume are his own web sensations, the viral video Todd Connor which he created and produced and Policeman vs. Fireman which he not only provided voices for but co-created.
As a writer Dan's credit's include Goldman / Dangler Presents - a short which was a finalist in the 2007 New York Television Festival, Four Comics In a Van - a pilot presentation for Direct tv and his stand up comedy that can be seen in clubs across the country as well as in corporate venues for fortune five hundred companies such as Cisco Systems, Dreamworks Animation and Enterasys Corporation. Crowds are always in for a surprise when Dan takes the stage as The Dude or Captain Dale Mckenna and can look forward to the unexpected during his set... be warned this is not your father's stand up comedy!
Dan has proven himself to be not only a sought after TV Host and sketch comedian, but also "one of the most talented character actors around today" as Frank TV's Frank Caliendo puts it. We would have to agree, Frank! You won't want to miss what Dan Sachoff has in store for you next. Stay tuned.
Players in the Collective have previously or are currently participating in the development of a LIQUID show.
Alexis Carra born in Tampa, Florida, has been onstage since age 2. She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Theatre Studies from Yale University. Alexis has worked on and off Broadway. Credits: Fosse, Fame on 42nd Street, Wicked, Sweet Charity, and The Pirate Queen. Cast album recordings: The Pirate Queen and Sweet Charity. Film and TV credits: Major Crimes, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle, Mentalist, Bones and ABC series, Mixology, originating the series lead role, “Jessica.” Currently you can see Alexis on the ABC Family/Freeform series, Recovery Road. Alexis is also an internationally acclaimed dance teacher and is on faculty at The EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood. She dreams of originating roles on stage and on screen, and strives to collaborate with creative, open artists. Alexis is also on the Board of a women’s philanthropy and goal group, The New Hollywood. She is the VP of Content Creation and supports women achieving their personal, professional, and philanthropic goals. Alexis played the role of Dance Lovett in Liquid’s film presentation of SWEENEY TODD. She recently co-founded Broadway Arts Camp www.broadwayartscamp.com. For further info and updates visit @alexiscarra or alexiscarra.com
Chelsea is a jazz vocalist and singer\songwriter. She studied Music and Psychology at Chapman University, where she earned a Bachelor's in Music Therapy. Since then she has worked as a Teaching Artist at All the Arts for All the Kids and an Artist-in-Residence for the Johnny Mercer Foundation, teaching lyric writing to at-risk youth. Two songs from her recent album, Caged Bird, were used in LA Theater Works’ production of the award-winning play THE WHIPPING MAN, by Matthew Lopez. Caged Bird, which was produced with creative oversight from Grammy-winning jazz arranger Bill Cunliffe, is an evocative musical journey that combines elements of jazz, pop, and musical theater. A classically trained pianist, Chelsea continues to perform as a vocalist and jazz pianist in Los Angeles. She is currently writing her next album, as well as working as the lyricist/composer on Liquid's musical, MARIAN. https://chelseamariedavis.bandcamp.com
In November of 2013, Damian’s long-awaited memoir, Voice: A Stutterer’s Odyssey, hit bookshelves nationwide through Behler Publications. In this riveting memoir, Damian shares his thirty-year struggle as a severe stutterer, how he overcame this harsh impediment, and, ultimately, the victory that came through performing and writing. After its successful Los Angeles workshop/reading and its development deal with Florida State University, Damian’s Coffee Stains —an original family dramedy— is being produced and developed alongside Tony award-nominated Broadway producer, Heather Provost (Reasons To Be Pretty, Title of Show). Centering on a stuttering teenager who can only communicate through song, V-Voice, is an original musical based on the memoir, Voice: A Stutterer’s Odyssey. Developing the musical with lyricist and composer Keith Potts, and producer Heather Provost, Damian is serving as librettist for this touching and witty musical. Through his production company, Branded Maverick Entertainment, Damian released the short film thriller, Snapper, which he served as writer and director. Snapper garnered Best Drama Short at the prestigious Louisville Film Festival and The Prometheus Film Festival. The rom-com short—Huge! Red! Flag!—which Damian also wrote and directed—is currently making its film festival rounds. In May 2012, Damian was honored to receive “The Converting Awareness into Action” Award from The Stuttering Foundation in New York City along with Fox News’ John Stossell and NFL player Ellis Lankster. In May of 2014, alongside author Alan Rabinwoitz, journalist Vince Vawter, and literary agent Anna Olswanger, Damian was recognized by The Stuttering Foundation once again for his literary accomplishments in support of the stuttering community. Currently, Damian has authored three pilots for television and is pitching them to networks. Coffee Stains, the screenplay based on his play, is in development as well as the horror film, Among, which is penned by Damian and is in pre-production. Alongside Heather Provost, Damian served as co-director, writer and co-producer for the feature Racing Colt. Scott also played the role of Sweeney in Liquid's film presention of SWEENEY TODD. www.scottdamian.com
A native of Washington, D.C., Michael is the award winning writer of such films as TALK TO ME (Focus Features), HALLELUJAH (American Playhouse), and SHE HATE ME (Sony Picture Classics) for Director Spike Lee. For his latest work he is the Writer/Creator of the upcoming new TV Series, TROUBLE MAN! Residing in Manhattan’s culture rich Hell’s Kitchen, Michael has carved out a successful career in the entertainment industry as a star of stage, film and television. Michael most recently starred in the Broadway production of WICKED as the lovable Dr. Dillamond. Before that he starred as Lance Corporal Dawson in the original Broadway production of Aaron Sorkin's A FEW GOOD MEN, as Marius in the Anne Rice vampire romance, LESTAT, and as Troy Maxson in one of the most critically acclaimed productions ever of August Wilson’s FENCES. Michael has made numerous film and television appearance including ONE FINE DAY, SHE HATE ME, THE AFFAIR, LAW & ORDER, TYLER PERRY’S HOUSE OF PAYNE, THE AMERICANS, as well as a six year co-star as Lamar Griffin on CBS-TV’s AS THE WORLD TURNS. Michael is a Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s selectee, the winner of the coveted Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays, a prestigious Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab Selectee for his acclaimed jazz fable, PORK PIE, and a winner of NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture for his feature film release, TALK TO ME. Also an accomplished author, Michael’s critically acclaimed book, They Must Not Know Who I Think I Am; Lessons in Defiant Resilience, is filled with insightful personal anecdotes from his long career in entertainment. They Must Not Know Who I Think I Am offers motivation for discovering, applying and reaping the rewards of a defiantly resilient approach. Michael worked on the story development for Liquid's original musical, MARIAN.
Jade Hale - Christofi is British/American/Cypriot Greek. He grew up in North London and began dancing at age five. He trained at the Urdang Academy London before becoming a Junior Associate of The Royal Ballet School. He joined the Royal ballet School White Lodge and graduated Upper School in 2006. For his graduation performance he danced Don Quixote and Jabula at the Royal Opera House London. As soon as he became a professional ballet Dancer he moved to France and joined National Ballet Du Rhin in 2006, Ballet Black in London 2008, NBA Ballet Japan 2011 where he became guest Principal, The National Ballet Of Ireland 2013 and English National Ballet 2014. In his Ballet career Jade has performed for the Royal Family at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace. In 2012 he was asked to dance in a privet performance for Her Majesty The Queen, and in 2011 he danced for Michelle Obama at the Royal Opera House London. Jade is in between London and Los Angeles, where he has trained at the Actors Studio West in Hollywood since 2015. Jade worked with David LaChapelle on Queen and Michael Jackson's music video "There Must Be More To Life Then This”. At the same time, he also Choreographed "Take Me To Church" by Hozier for David LaChapelle and Sergei Polunin. 2016 Jade choreographed and danced in the piece “The Dream” directed by Javiera Estrada. This year Jade is directing the dance video “Breathe Life” - starringKyle Allen; contributing to Project Polunin’s performances at the London Coliseum; developing a dance film entitled, S E V I V O N, through his newly formed production company HaleChristofiStudios. Jade will be working as a co-choreographer on Liquid's dance driven SWEENEY TODD.
Sarah joined the School of American Ballet in New York City when she was eight years old. At the age of 22 she moved to Germany to join the Dresden based Semperoper Ballet, where she worked as a soloist. She made her film debut in 2010 as a dancer in BLACK SWAN, but she didn't consider herself to have made an acting appearance until she was cast as the lead in the Starz mini-series FLESH & BONE, for which she was nominated for both a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award. Executive producer Moira Walley-Beckett and her team had seen more than 1000 ballet dancers for the main role part of Claire Robbins, and the choreographer for the series, Ethan Stiefel, had begun requesting ballet footage via email from more dancers. After returning footage, Hay was invited to New York for an audition and was given the part an hour later. Since then she has starred in HBO’s I’M DYING UP HERE & ROOM 104. Sarah can also be seen in the upcoming film BRAID. Sarah played the role of Dream Johanna in Liquid’s film presentation of SWEENEY TODD.
Emily Ruth Hazel is a cross-pollinating poet, writer, and lyricist who engages a diverse audience by creating poetry infused with music and music infused with poetry. In 2014, she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to develop a full-length poetry book manuscript during a residency at The Hambidge Center. A graduate of Oberlin College’s Creative Writing Program, she was twice awarded national Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes and has written more than twenty commissioned works. Her chapbook, Body & Soul (Finishing Line Press), was a New Women’s Voices finalist. Poems from the latter collection were translated into music on the chamber jazz album “Soon We Will Not Be Here” by James Hall Thousand Rooms Quartet. Emily’s writing has appeared in numerous print publications and digital projects, including Magnolia: A Journal of Women’s Socially Engaged Literature, Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression, The Mochila Review, Kindred, Texas Poetry Calendar 2014 (Dos Gatos Press), Deep Waters (Outrider Press), PoetsReadingtheNews.com, and SparkandEchoArts.org. After eleven years in New York City, Emily now lives in Los Angeles, where she is developing two new poetry book manuscripts. She has co-written lyrics and is a lyric consultant on Liquid’s original musical, MARIAN. Facebook.com/EmilyRuthHazel
Caleen Sinnette Jennings is Professor of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, D.C. where she joined the faculty in 1989. She teaches Acting, Directing, Playwriting, Voice & Speech, Acting Shakespeare, Theatre History, Children’s Theatre and 6 different courses in General Education. In 2003, she received A.U.’s Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award and in 1997 she received A.U.’s award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and other Professional Activities. She has been a faculty member of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute since 1994 where she teaches Shakespeare through performance. In 2016, she was Project Manager on an NEH grant to the Folger entitled Crosstalk: D.C. Reflects on Identity and Difference. Jenningsis an actor, director, playwright, and a founding member of The Welders, a D.C. Playwrights’ Collective. Eight of her plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing Company, and her work has appeared in 7 play anthologies. Her 2015 Kennedy Center commissioned stage adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ novel, Darius & Twigwas produced at Kennedy Center and went on a three-month national tour in 2018. Her play, Queens Girl in the World, did an extended run at Theatre J. and Mosaic Theatre commissioned her to write Queens Girl in Africafor the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in 2018. The two plays will run in repertory in May 2019 at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore. She is currently working on part 3 of her Queens Girlseries. Jennings’ plays have been produced at the Kennedy Center, The African Continuum Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Folger, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Horizons Theatre and The Source Theatre Company. Jennings has received playwriting awards from the Kennedy Center and The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, as well as four nominations for outstanding new play from the Theatre Washington’s Helen Hayes Awards. Jennings graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Drama, and received her M.F.A. in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the book writer for Liquid’s musical MARIAN.
Born in Oklahoma City, Mr. Antonio discovered a passion for acting while attending Oklahoma University. After graduating, he soon headed for New York, where he was quickly accepted into the acclaimed Actor’s Studio, studying under Lee Strasberg. He received a Theatre World Award for his New York debut in The Buffalo Skinner. He has acted in over 70 plays, and his Broadway credits include: The Girls of Summer, The Good Soup, Ready When You Are CB, The Ballad Of The Sad Café, The Lady Of The Camellias, Andorra, & The Garden Of Sweets.
Hollywood soon called, and Lou became a television actor to support his theatre habit. Best known for his film roles in Cool Hand Luke and America, America (Director Elia Kazan), he also starred in two short-lived TV Series, Dog and Cat, and Makin’ It. Mr. Antonio had a recurring TV guest role character on Here Comes the Bride and made multiple appearances as different characters on 1960s and 1970s series like The Rookies, The Naked City, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke, The Fugitive, Star Trek (in the memorable episode “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”), I Dream of Jeannie, The Defenders, and Bewitched.
As a director, Mr. Antonio was in high demand, working with such iconic actors as George C. Scott, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Carol Burnett, Lee Remick, and James Garner. He has directed over 100 episodes of television, 28 movies of the week, and has received 3 Emmy nominations.
In 1983 he returned to Broadway, directing Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton in Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Mr. Antonio continues to pursue his devotion to the craft of acting as the Associate Director of the Actor’s Studio West, where he moderates both the Director’s Unit and an acting class. Lou He has recently completed his memoir: COOL HAND LOU.
- Over 30 Years of Experience in the Theatre Industry in NYC
- General Manager of The Drama Desk Awards for over 10 years
- Broadway Shows: Angels The Musical, Judah Ben Hur, A Tale of Two Cities, The Lion King, Chicago: The Musical
- Off Broadway Shows: Magis Theatre Company’s CS Lewis The Great Divorce, King David, Shades of Harlem: The Cotton Club Musical, The Luigi Board, Me & Jezebel, Fan’s Mat, Earl Wilson Jr.’s You’re It! Othello, Waiting for Godot
- Hollywood Films: Midnight Reckoning, Squatter
- UK Tour: Temptations & Betrayals, Sacrifice
- Writer of over 85 Actors Equity Association contracts Off Broadway
- Co-Producer of Major National Events: The 40,000 Person March on Washington in 2006 – SAVE DARFUR; The Celebrity Studded Hollywood Event @ The Key Club – SAVE DARFUR; The American Diabetes Association’s LIVE THE GOOD LIFE Gala
- MFA in Theatrical Producing and General Management, Columbia University’s School of the Arts in NYC