Originally from North Carolina, I have been a performer since -- at the age of four -- I mugged for the Super-8 video, singing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." The super-stardom continued with Baton Boogie (a handsome little tap number complete with fishing poles), and an interpretive dance to John Denver's "Ay Calypso."
After working regionally in theatre and light opera -- and then pursuing a career as a Graphic Designer and a Communication Consultant -- I returned to school and finished a BFA in Acting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro that I had begun in my 20s (where I was also an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship semi-finalist).
This past December, I was delighted to be a 10 foot tall Christmas tree while playing the Ghost of Christmas Present for Triad Stage. I'm still sending sympathy cards to the technician who was inside the skirt, pushing me around.
In 2016, I was asked to step in as Lady Russell, Mrs. Croft, and Mrs. Harville for a reading of Persuasion, a new play by Sarah Rose Kearns, adapted from Jane Austen's novel.
Other highlights include playing Madame Thénardier in "Les Misérables" at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival [review] and appearing as a protester in HBO Film's "Show Me A Hero." (Look out for my fabulous hair and blue eyeshadow. The 80's were fun.)
As Lenny Magrath in "Crimes of the Heart" at Triad Stage [review], I fulfilled a life-long goal of being paid to eat cake on-stage and in 2013, I originated the role of Maria in a folk musical version of Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" with the Essential Theatre Group at The Tank theatre, and then again as a part of the 2014 New York Fringe festival.
I just polished off three scarves, including an original basketweave design, and am currently working my way through one to rival the longest wearable blanket imaginable.
As for history... I'm a junkie. Documentaries and biographies are my drug. Lately I'm a little obsessed with Prohibition and late 19th / early 20th century US sociological and political history.
"Eliza Gilbert was empathetic and heart breaking as Lenny; her phone scene in Act II was a standout moment of beautiful delivery and direction."
— Jackson Cooper, Classical Voice of North Carolina
"Eliza Gilbert and Tim Gulan are hilarious as the thieving Thenardiers, and both are accomplished singers. A great moment is when they break the fourth wall to gesture to the orchestra to play during the wedding. ... And keep an eye on Madame Thenardier, played by Eliza Gilbert, during “Master of the House” for an extra laugh."
— Kathy Lauer-Williams, The Morning Call