Elizabeth Hess

Elizabeth Hess
Born (1953-07-17) July 17, 1953
Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actor, playwright, Director, Arts Educator
Website http://www.elizabethhess.net

Elizabeth Hess (born 17 July 1953 in Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian/American actor, playwright, director and arts educator. Her upcoming book, ACTING & BEING: Explorations in Embodied Performance, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan and presents a hybrid approach to performance techniques that is based on her original theatrical works and acting instruction, both in New York and internationally.

On TV, she is best known for playing the mother Janet Darling on the long-running American sitcom Clarissa Explains It All.[1] She has also appeared on several episodes of Law & Order.

Her acting resume also includes work on-and off-Broadway, regional theater, TV, independent films and award-winning solo works that have traveled the globe. She played Renee in the Tony Award winning production of "M. Butterfly". She received her training from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and studied privately with acting coach Harold Guskin.

She has taught acting principally at New York University's (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham University and at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center/National Theater Institute.


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