New Spire Arts inspires creative engagement from all facets of the community by providing programming and education in, about, and through the performing arts.


New Spire Arts contributes to the vitality and brand of the City of Frederick through unique experiences focused on the performing arts.


Elizabeth Lucas

Producing Artistic Director

Elizabeth is an award-winning stage and film producer/director hailing from New York City, where she was a Founding Producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. She has made three feature films (a movie musical, a thriller, and a Sci Fi flick) and has directed musicals from Alaska to Atlantic City. She has a long history of developing new work and new artists in a variety of performing arts disciplines.

Last show you loved?
Come From Away at Ford's Theatre

Favorite genres?
Singer/songwriters, movie musicals, and immersive theatre

Last great movie you saw?
Room, which gripped my heart and transported me completely

Julian Lazarus

Director of Education

Julian was instrumental in the launch of the STEAM initiative in Frederick County schools, where he was a drama teacher for 15 years. He was Co-Founder of Hostel YOUTH!, a teen theatre immersion program for The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Julian consults with schools and counties on using arts in education and provides arts integration professional development.

Last show you loved?
Second Girl by Ronan Noone at the Contemporary American Theater Festival.

Favorite genres?
Gritty straight plays with a great anti-hero and children's theatre

Last great book you read?
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Grace Cassutto

Marketing Assistant

Grace graduated from Hood College in 2015 with a BA in Communications. As a Frederick native and a dedicated thespian, she is thrilled to be a part of bringing more performing arts opportunities to the community.

Last show you loved?
I was lucky enough to see the original cast of Hamilton in April, so I'm gonna have to go with that! It 100% lives up to the hype.

Favorite genres?
Broadway musicals and sketch comedy

Last great movie you saw?

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