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Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival
Bonnie and Clyde
Stanley Martin Homes
True Terror
Stanley Martin Homes
Rosetta Stone
Stained Glass
Stained Glass

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Elana Swartz is an actress and model, currently based in San Francisco, California. She is originally from the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Whether on a film set, a commercial shoot, or a stage, Elana has proven herself to be a strong leader, a reliable teammate, and a ball of energy! Elana graduated from James Madison University with honors receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance. If she's not working on a project, she is probably enjoying the outdoors or cooking up a delicious new invention! She loves to take risks—both in the kitchen and on the stage!

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Personality Slate

Elana is a director’s dream – she is specific, smart, driven, and always working.  Her positivity shines through in rehearsal and performance.  I look forward to working with her again in the future!”

- Patrick Pearson
 Professor at Sam Houston State University / Former Director of Artistic Programming at Ford's Theatre


After traveling and doing theatre in over six countries, Elana appreciates a fusion between the intimate human experience and the craftsmanship of storytelling.  She has written, performed, and taught street theatre in Thailand with young children, lead local branches of national theatre movements like The Ghost Light Project, and has volunteered with local public high school productions as everything from a makeup designer to an assistant director.  Elana is always looking for opportunities to give back using the arts.


Elana received an Irene Ryan Nomination for her role as Madge Owens in JMU's Mainstage production of Picnic. She was also recognized for her work as an assistant director on JMU's Mainstage production of School for Scandal, receiving a Certificate of Merit for Directing from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Most recently she received a Distinguished Senior Award from the JMU School of Theatre and Dance.