In her Broadway and musical debut as the Countess Charlotte in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Patricia Elliott won Broadway’s triple crown: the Tony Award, a Theatre World Award, and a Drama Desk Award. She was nominated for a second Tony for her performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Shadow Box.
Other awards include a Drama Desk nomination for her Dorine in Tartuffe, a Drama-Logue Award for her Myra in Hay Fever, and a Daily News Drama Critics Award for her Siri in Night of the Tribades. She also starred opposite David Bowie in Broadway’s The Elephant Man and opposite Jason Robards in A Month of Sundays. Her rich acting experience includes theater on and off Broadway, regional theater, and extensive film and television.
In 1995, Elliott developed a nonprofit to assure longevity of the Theatre World Awards. The oldest award given, it will be celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2005, along with the Theatre World Award Books, the most extensive, yearly historical reference for theatrical productions in the United States. Elliott has also been active on boards and committees for arts organizations, such as Plays for Living, which writes and produces topical “problem” plays. They address such issues as gender, race, addiction, violence, and aging, and they encourage audience discussion and participation.
Elliott was born in Gunnison, Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado. She began acting at Harvard University while she was director of the Hometown News Office. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Encouraged by the reaction to her recently published work in the American Theater Magazine, Elliott is preparing a memoir. She’s proud to be living/have lived La Dolce Vita.