avatar Anna Gannon Editorial Lead at Expectful

What can we do for ourselves if we experience anxiety or depression throughout pregnancy?

This question is something that today’s guest, Liz Masucci, a New York City – based actor, producer, writer, director and last but not least – yoga teacher, found the answers to during her own experience with perinatal depression. Now Liz is finding new ways to show the authentic truths about pregnancy and motherhood through a short dark comedy series that she is currently creating.

On today’s episode, Liz walks us through her experience with perinatal depression, the types of care she sought out for support, and the realization that she discovered throughout all it – which is that although life can be challenging at times, it does indeed ebb and flow.

About Liz Masucci:


ELIZABETH MASUCCI is a New York City-based actor, producer, writer, director, and last but not least- a yoga teacher. Her first passion in the performing arts was ballet, which she studied until moving to New York City to attend Fordham University at Lincoln Center. Most recently, she starred as a series regular alongside Edward Burns on the TV series PUBLIC MORALS (TNT) produced by Steven Spielberg. And also starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming film, SECOND ACT. Other recent television credits include PERSON OF INTEREST (CBS), ELEMENTARY (CBS), THE AMERICANS (FX), ROYAL PAINS (USA), and THE CARRIE DIARIES (CW).

In film, she can be seen in a supporting role in Steve McQueen’s SHAME starring Michael Fassbender. Other films include THE BROOKLYN BANKER alongside Paul Sorvino, B- SIDE, THE IDEA OF MANHOOD, and HALF BROTHER.

On stage, Elizabeth was recently seen in Neil LaBute’s new play called AFTER THE WEDDING (59e59) as well as an upcoming play also by Labute called UNLIKELY JAPAN (Davenport Theater).

As a director and producer, she is currently creating a poetry short film anthology. Her first short was based on the poem PHENOMENAL WOMAN by Maya Angelou starring Danielle Brooks (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, THE COLOR PURPLE).

And she also co-founded a production company called In the Meantime Productions with her friend and colleague Gia Crovatin. Their first production is a film adaptation of the play GOOD LUCK(IN FARSI) by Neil LaBute which won best comedy short at Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.

Currently, Elizabeth is developing a short form series under In the Meantime. It is a dark comedy about a woman struggling during pregnancy and early motherhood. Elizabeth is a new mother and a lot of the situations in the show are based on true events, as she herself struggled with Perinatal Anxiety & Mood Disorder. She feels these topics should be talked about more openly and she thought it would be best to express it through a creative outlet.

Her daughter’s name is Penelope Fay Kamen and she was born on August 21, 2018.

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