Founder and Executive Director of Circle Arts Theatre, Elizabeth Elliott, took her final bow on life’s stage on November 8, 2008 at the age of 76. She is survived by daughter, Roberta D. Elliot; two brothers, Charles Ducibella and John Ducibella; and a theatre full of relatives, friends and extended family members. She was preceded in death by daughter, Lynne Marie Elliott.
As a divorced mother of two handicapped daughters, Elizabeth took the ultimate leap of faith by quitting her job as a registered nurse to devote her life to Circle Arts Theatre. This lead role resulted in forty years of artistic achievements including the founding of the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council and the establishment of several on-going annual arts events including Dinner with the Arts, Caroling on the Plaza and the county-wide poetry contest.
Elizabeth was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council and was named Woman of the Year in the Arts by the San Antonio Express-News. For five years, she also wrote a weekly column, “The Art of the Matter,” for The Herald-Zeitung.
Of her many accomplishments, Elizabeth was extremely proud of being a published poet and an award-winning director. Her talents also extended beyond the arts, and she cherished her role as a nurse to help to bring newborns into the world and assist the elderly in their final days.