A postcard profile on director and actor Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan

Caroline Russell-King’s gives us a postcard profile with director and actor Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan (with a nod to Bernard Pivot and James Lipton).

What is the next project for you? 

Assistant to director Michael Cavanagh at Calgary Opera’s Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.

How do you contribute to this piece? 

I will be mentored by the director, notating blocking etc.

What is your greatest creative challenge?

Finding cohesiveness in a company.

What turns you on creatively? 


What turns you off creatively? 


What’s one thing you’re really good at? 

Seeing the whole picture.

If you could resurrect and share a drink with a dead person who would it be?

Robin Phillips.

What is one thing you wish you’d known sooner? 

I am enough.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?


 What would you do with extreme wealth? 

Have my own cSPACE (a playground for creativity, community and collaboration).

What is one piece of advice you would give to the person who wants to do what you do? 

Our work never ends — keep exploring!

(Photo of Elizabeth Stepkowski Tarhan courtesy Caroline Russell-King.)

Caroline Russell-King is a playwright, dramaturg, and instructor. She is a member of The Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Dramatist Guild of America and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. You can find her work here