Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum is a DGA Award nominated director and she has helmed multiple feature films and television pilots. Nearly all of her projects have centered around the performances of young actors in their first starring roles.
Liz recently directed and produced a TV pilot for Amazon Studios, THE KICKS, based on the NYTimes bestselling book. Starring an ensemble of 12 year old soccer players that were predominantly novice actors, Liz received a DGA Award Nomination for “Best Achievement in Direction”, and the show’s leading actor, Gabe Eggerling, was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Actor in a Television series.
In 2010, Liz directed 20th Century Fox’s RAMONA AND BEEZUS, based on the book by Newbery Award winning author Beverly Cleary. The film stars Selena Gomez in her feature film debut and 9-year old newcomer Joey King. RAMONA AND BEEZUS was “Certified Fresh” from Rotten Tomatoes, nominated for a Teen Choice Award for Selena Gomez, and won the Young Artist Award for Best Actress for Joey King.
Prior to that, Liz directed AQUAMARINE starring two 12 year olds -- Emma Roberts and Jojo Levesque in their first leading roles. The film was nominated for two Teen Choice Awards for "Choice Breakout Female" and "Choice Chick Flick", as well as a nomination for Sara Paxton and Jojo Levesque and a win for Emma Roberts at the Young Artist Awards.
Liz’s ensemble television pilot, RELATIONSHIP STATUS (starring Milo Ventimiglia and Shawn Ashmore), was an official selection for the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, and Verizon Go90 recently ordered two more seasons of the series. She also directed Nick Jonas in his first leading role in the Starz film CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Liz has directed television episodes of GOSSIP GIRL, VAMPIRE DIARIES, THE ARRANGEMENT, MACGYVER, FAMOUS IN LOVE, 90210, LIFE UNEXPECTED, STARCROSSED, RED BAND SOCIETY, FRANKLIN & BASH, MISTRESSES and in 2012 she guided 9-year old Bruce Solomon to win a Young Artist Award for “Best Guest Star in a Television Series” for his performance in her episode of EMILY OWENS.
Liz attended graduate school at USC where she was the recipient of the “Jack Nicholson Directing Scholarship” for the strongest directing student of her class, and she was also short-listed for an International Clio Award for a spec Coca Cola commercial she produced and directed. Her USC thesis film EYEBALL EDDIE, an edgy dark comedy starring Martin Starr in his first acting role, won at film festivals worldwide and caught the eye of studios, which allowed her the unique opportunity to leap from creating a short student film to directing a $15 million studio movie.
With a B.A. from Cornell University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and an M.F.A. from USC, Liz is a member of the DGA, the WGA, SAG and the Editors’ Guild. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her writer/producer husband, Scott, and their son, Theo.