Elizabeth Doud is a Miami-based theater artist with a background in creative writing and contemporary performance, and 20 years experience as arts organizer, presenter and educator, with an emphasis on international cultural exchange and climate arts. She has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean in the performing arts, and co-created Climakaze Miami with FUNDarte in 2015, an annual climate performance and dialogue platform. She currently leads the Performing Americas Program of the National Performance Network, while pursuing a Ph.D. in Performing Arts at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. In 2013, she founded Siren Arts as a container for various eco-arts-activism efforts, and since has organized various idea forums on cultural collaboration and climate action, and is part of the newly minted Climate Lens cohort. In the fall of 2017, she will be a visiting professor/practitioner at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights at the University of Texas in Austin.
In 2010, she began a multi-year effort to develop The Mermaid Tear Factory, which is a site-specific theater project dealing with plastics pollution in the world’s oceans, and ocean acidification through the eyes of a vigilante mermaid. She who arrives on land to try and comprehend the dilemma, and shift the obsessive single use consumption behavior of modern day living. This project gave rise to the mermaid as an artsy eco-activist who appears in many different Siren Arts performances.