Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed more than thirty theater pieces, including The Trilogy, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie, The Haggadah, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. She has performed at La MaMa, The Public Theater, The Manhattan Theater Club, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, and other theaters on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and all over the world. Ms. Swados has composed music for film and television as well as a song cycle, Bible Women, which has toured the United States. She has published a memoir, novels, nonfiction books, and children's books. Her newest work includes a musical theater piece about the life and work of Alfred Jarry, which premiered at the Flea Theater in February 2005 and opens at the Alley Theater in Houson in September 2007. In the summer of 2005 she created a musical theater piece in collaboration with a cast of students about attending New York University and living in the city, which was performed for the incoming freshmen at NYU. The twenty-fifth anniversary concert of Missionaries was performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in December 2005. My Depression: A Picture Book was published in April 2005. She is a faculty member at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and lives in New York City.