Prior to her career in the entertainment industry, Elizabeth received her MPhil in art history and archaeology and completed her dissertation for the PhD with honors. She has taught at Columbia and at the University of California at Berkeley and Los Angeles. Her primary research was in the area of ancient language and mythology, which she considers the basis of her transition to a career in narrative story-telling through theatre and in her interest in globally relevant theater communicating across cultures. She has taught theater, finance and creative producing in the graduate theater program at Columbia University and has lectured in the entrepreneur-ship program at Brown University, and at the New School for Social Research.
While her shows have won 17 Tony awards, she personally has received the Tony Award for Best Musical for her production of the new Gershwin musical Crazy for You (1992) and for Best Revival for The Real Thing (1999) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2000).
As a CO-CEO of Waxman Williams Entertainment with Anita Waxman 2001-2006, Elizabeth's shows garnered seventy-one Tony nominations and sixteen Tony Awards, more than any female producing team in history.