Musical artist ELIZABETH SWADOS is the author of six children’s books, three novels, and one collection of poetry. She has composed, written, and directed theater for over thirty years and is perhaps best known for her Broadway and international hit Runaways. Her works include the Obie Award-winning Trilogy at La Mama and Alice at the Palace with Meryl Streep at the New York Shakespeare Festival. Swados teaches in the drama department at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and at The New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts as a visiting artist. Her articles have been published in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, and Vogue. Her other awards include five Tony nominations, three Obie Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, Ford Fellowship, a Helen Hayes Award, a Lila Acheson Wallace award, and a Special International PEN Citation.