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 not-for-profit company to assure the longevity of the Theatre World Awards. The award was celebrated on its 60th anniversary in 2005 with the Theatre World Award Books. This publication is the most extensive, yearly historical reference for theatrical productions in the United States.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. This organization writes and produces topical “problem” plays that encourage audience discussion and participation. Topics include such issues as gender, race, addiction, violence, and aging.
Elliott was born in Gunnison, Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado. She began acting at Harvard University while there as director of the Hometown News Office. She trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Encouraged by the reaction to published work in the American Theater Magazine, Elliott is preparing a memoir.