Elizabeth Murphy is the Co-Artistic director and Co-Founder of Shakespeare by the Sea. She worked as an actress across Canada including three seasons with the Stratford Festival. For Shakespeare by the Sea she has directed The Mercy Seat, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, Love's Labour's Lost, Twelfth Night, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare(abridged), Measure for Measure, The Agony and Ecstacy of Steve Jobs, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra, I Am My Own Wife, As You Like It, and All's Well That Ends Well. She was nominated for a Merritt award for her direction of Othello and The Merchant of Venice. She received the Mayor’s Award for contribution to the Arts. She currently serves as the Chair of Theatre Nova Scotia. For the twenty-fifth season she has the great joy of directing Othello once again.