About Elizabeth

Painter & Creative Cafe Founder

I believe that living the fullest, happiest life includes creative expression. There is no greater feeling to me than working collaboratively with others, and this combination of creativity, community, and connection is what Creative Cafe is all about.

I have always felt “called” to the arts. I grew up in NYC, born from a kooky, extended big-hearted family of ardent musicians and activists who believed that arts and culture were non-negotiable parts of living a full life. I danced, painted, wrote, acted, and sang as much as I could—and these passions turned into my life-long commitment to the Arts.

As an adult, I have learned to prioritize creative fitness. It hasn’t been easy, but it is a necessary path to my happiness and well-being. I’ve been an actress, singer, painter, teacher, arts administrator and theatre director. I am insanely curious about understanding big questions such as “the meaning of life,” and I get filled with hope and tremendous energy from the myriad of gutsy, joyful other Creatives who have and will soon inspire and teach me. 12 years ago I started my dream, the Berkeley Playhouse—a professional musical theatre company—and today we are a successful, award-winning non-profit organization serving thousands of people in the San Francisco Bay Area. All of these experiences have led me to want to share my insights and knowledge to help others.

I am married to my best friend for many years and we are “forever nesters” with five children ages five to 25 years.
Be sure to come to our open studios Friday, Saturdays & Sundays 11:00 – 4:00 at

Sonoma Fulton Crossing Gallery. Sign up for our mailing list to learn about art shows/sales and upcoming special events.

photo credit: Ben Kranz

Please contact elizabeth@creativecafe.org to inquire about booking Elizabeth for a speaking engagement.

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