Meet Elena, a tomboy farm-girl with loving roots from her family’s home, Ground Rush Farm, Virginia.
Elena moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting after graduating from Lynchburg College with a degree in Theatre, Westover Honors Distinction and a TON of Nursing and Exercise Physiology credits. Using all of these skill sets, she began working as a personal trainer while enrolled in the 2-Year Full Time Meisner Training Program at the William Esper Studio.
After graduating, she completed a performance apprenticeship with Shakespeare on the Sound and then traveled across the ocean to complete BADA’s Midsummer at Oxford Program.
Elena began directing with a group of fellow graduates from the William Esper Studio in The Community NYC’s inaugural production of Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo. Since then, she’s worked with Shiyr Productions on Overruled by G.B. Shaw, Carrying Helen by Marianne Hardart at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and revived Overruled as an immersive theatre experience.
She continues to further her skills as a director by emboldening her choices, working within the structure and language of the Meisner acting technique, and seeking new and simple ways to bring the body of a play to life.
Elena is currently producing Night Witches, a devised, ensemble theatre piece about the Soviet airwomen of the 46th Guards Night Bomber Regiment in WWII. Night Witches completed it's first phase of production with seven workshop performances at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia, The Hangar at Ground Rush Farm in Culpeper, Virginia, and the William Esper Studio in New York City.
Elena continues to work in NYC as an NASM-Certified Personal Trainer.
She loves her family, her seventy goats, seven dogs, multiple cats, one cow, and plentiful old trees to climb.