I'm a small but fierce Virginian playing in the sandbox of the Bay Area. Being from the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, the outdoors and backpacking are in my blood— I am a true adventurer at heart. Some say I'm a young Marissa Tomei meets Emmy Rossum. I'm your ultimate ride-or-die accomplice, your steadfast best friend with a good-for-your-soul home-cooked meal, a precocious new lawyer on ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, or your tender-hearted therapist. I'm a ball of energy and ready to play!
Let’s get something on the books!
A LITTLE ABOUT ME . . .
“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, I appreciate a fusion between the intimate human experience and the craftsmanship of storytelling. I have written, performed, and taught street theatre in Thailand with young children, lead local branches of national theatre movements like The Ghost Light Project, and volunteered with local public high school productions as everything from a makeup designer to an assistant director. I am always looking for opportunities to give back using the arts.
I received an Irene Ryan Nomination for my role as Madge Owens in JMU's Mainstage production of Picnic. I was also recognized for my 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, I received a Distinguished Senior Award from the JMU School of Theatre and Dance.