Elizabeth Williams is a producer, entrepreneurial investor, and former academic engaged in the creative development and financing of commercial theater. She is involved currently in a number of initiatives bringing social media and technology to theatrical production and marketing.
Prior to becoming an independent producer, Elizabeth served as Vice President of Mutual Benefit Productions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mutual Benefit Financial Service Company, and, subsequently. Fifth Avenue Productions, creating art and theatrical investment funds. She and Karen Goodwin as Vice President and President, respectively, of MBP, syndicated a third of the capital for Les Miserables at the Barbican Theatre, in London's West End, and on Broadway and continued to work with CMI on subsequent productions of Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon. They worked with Kenneth Chenault, then the Director of Strategic Planning at American Express, to create and launch the Gold Card program of exclusive access to prime tickets to a Broadway show, initially with the transfer of Les Miserables on Broadway. Mutual Benefit launched the first theatrical Blind Pool alongside Pru Bache to fund Andrew Lloyd Webber productions of Aspects of Love and Phantom. Later, she created the first privately funded blind pool for existing hit shows, not for development, The Proscenium Fund (with a major investment in Rent) with Margo Lion and Hal Luftig. Currently she serves as the Theatrical Consultant for TODAY TIX a mobile theater ticketing application. Her current work with The Second City focuses on bringing their ground breaking #Date Me - An OkCupid Experiment to New York as well as other of their properties starring Second City's celebrity alums and their friends. She is a Lifetime Member of the Broadway League,has served on the Board of Governors, and produced shows which have won over 70 Tony awards .