Founded in 2009 by Alex Samaniego and Elizabeth Cracchiolo. E+A Productions strives to create invigorating theatre works.
To present challenging and stimulating works to create theatre of the highest quality. We strive to give our artists and patrons thought-provoking and emotionally stirring experiences that will affect them in a significant way.
A professionally trained actor, singer, and dancer, Liz has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Arizona. She has been performing for over 20 years. In 2005 Liz also started an annual tradition of producing and performing in a cabaret show to raise money for local charities. The concerts have allowed Liz, along with her musical director and arranger, to take songs that you may know and present them in a totally new way. In 2009, Liz’s show “Takin’ You Back” benefited non-profit organizations Tee Up For Tots and Beowulf Alley Theatre Company. She hopes to continue this tradition and to raise more and more money each year with her music. She has also appeared in such productions as The Full Monty (Georgie), Bark (Goldie), Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste #1), and Songs for a New World (Woman #2). Starting a theatre company has always been a goal of Liz’s. Being a native Tucsonan, she seeks to further enrich the theatre community by producing shows that move people and create enriching opportunities for local performers. She is excited to begin this exciting journey with her husband!
Alejandro Samaniego has studied drama for over 15 years and the focus of his training has been mostly in physical theater and improvisation. He has performed in Mexico as Igor in Franky, and Cacambo in Candide. In Tucson he has performed with a number of different theatre companies including The Rogue Theatre (Grez in Red Noses), Borderlands (Bocon in Bocon), and Coyote Ramblers (Mikey in The Ledge, Toto in Jones-ing), among others. “I am a very, very firm believer of creating a strong group dynamic to achieve powerful ensemble works. For me, it is never about any one specific actor’s needs or wants, it is always about the entire group of artists, working together, as one. Yet personally my favorite form of performance is the monologue, the one-man show. Working alone, on a dark stage is my favorite way to communicate with a live audience.” Alex decided that he wanted to produce theatre as well, in order to bring more opportunities for positive collaboration to the community. The goal is to create a community of theatre companies that work together and help each other to ultimately make Tucson a city that attracts both artists and patrons.