Meet the Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellows—with Mother Line Story Project’s Executive Director Eliza Martin Simpson

Eliza is a New York City-based performer and director. After graduating from Rutgers University she collaborated with companies like Playwrights Horizons, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, New George’s, The Lark, The Flea Theater, and New Plays for Young Audiences through NYU on the creation new work. In 2015 she joined the cast of “The Woodsman” and continued to collaborate and perform in the Role of Nimme for 3 years at 59E59 Theaters and then in the transfer to New World Stages. As an artistic associate of Strangemen and Co. she helped to develop movement, staging, and scripts of projects in development. During “The Woodsman” she turned her producing abilities to her own passion project. Partnering with Lauren Nordvig and Amanda A. Lederer she created The Mother Line Story Project which has produced 7 original shows featuring over a hundred performers regionally and internationally. 


Hey, Eliza. Could you introduce yourself? 

Hello! My name is Eliza Martin Simpson.

Who’s your number one most played artist right now?

Big Bang. They’re KPOP.

I’ve been sleeping on KPOP. I’m definitely going to check them out.

Highly recommend.

Cool. How do you spend your free time?

Free…what?

Fair. Enough. Let’s get down to the thick-of-it then: tell me about the project you’re working on at Town.

Mother Line Story Project is a storytelling platform for female-identifying writers. Each participant creates a monologue in the voice of her maternal ancestor. Think Vagina Monologues meets Ancestry.com. We are holding workshops at Town and building up to a shared performance.

What excites you most about it? 

The work that comes out of Mother Line Story Project is always unique, specific, and powerful. Town fosters confidence in art and empowers artists. I can’t wait to see the supercharged baby that will come out of this coupling. 

Is there a moment you can point to where you called yourself an artist and fully believed it for the first time? 

I’m still defining that. I don’t know if I’ll ever pin it down, but I do think that pursuing that moment is the job of the artist. 

I love that concept—being an artist is a pursuit and not an identity. Well, what motivates you to keep going? 

I genuinely like hearing stories. 

And you get straight to the point! Any other projects in the works?

YUP. I’m also an actor and a dialect coach. I’ve got a couple of exciting projects in the works

Have you ever wanted to be a starving artist?

I did. I was. I don’t anymore. And I’m not. 

Your spirit animal is:

Sea Otter

How can your fans follow your career? 

Insta: @motherlinestory

www.motherlinestoryproject.com

Stay perfect. Thank you again. Any questions for me?

Did it hurt when you fell from heaven?

Yes. Yes it did.

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Town Stages is an event space in Tribeca with a mission to support under-valued and under-represented voices in the arts. Click here to learn more about the space or to book a tour.

Since 2012, Sokoloff Arts has been dedicated to telling your story and sharing your passion. Part residency, part incubator, and part home base, a Creative Fellowship with Sokoloff Arts offers the ultimate creative freedom to grow within our walls and beyond.

The Sokoloff Arts Creative Fellowship is dedicated to providing space, perspective, and opportunity. We foster a community where all are welcome and everyone’s biases are challenged. We encourage those who feel silenced, marginalized, and otherwise “other-ed” to share their experiences, and remain dedicated to conversation and community.

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