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Eli Nixon builds portals and gives guided tours to places that don't yet exist, or already exist but call for DIY translation. They are a genderqueer clown, a cardboard constructionist, and a maker of plays, puppets, parades, pageants, suitcase theaters, and low-tech spectaculah- on their own, and in collaboration with artists, dancers, and musicians of all ages, abilities and persuasions. Their performances and installations occur in galleries and garages, on street corners and stages.

Eli’s current creative efforts include identifying opportunities to dismantle Manifest Destiny, foster intra and interspecies kinship, probe the ethics, perils and possibilities of anthropomorphization, and co-parent an 8 year old human.

Eli has worked for and with Pig Iron Theater, Spiral Q, and Bread and Puppet. For over 20 years, Eli has been an artist-in-residence at museums, schools, senior centers, and addiction recovery and mental health programs. They are in their 3rd year of Brown’s Writing for Performance MFA program.

Eli uses they/them pronouns.

Looking for Eli's previous work? See their archive. Eli's official name is Elizabeth, most past work is listed under Beth, now they use Eli.

Eli's endeavors have been supported by:

  • Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • SPACE on Ryder Farm
  • The Leeway Foundation
  • The Independence Foundation
  • Pew Heritage Philadelphia History/Performance Incubator
  • 40th Street Artist In Residence Program
  • and others...