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. Once in the city, she attended the American Theatre WIng's Springboard NYC program, then began working as a personal trainer 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 and Carrying Helen by Marianne Hardart at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
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 under Ground Rush Productions LLC. Night Witches recently completed it's Phase II tour to VA and NYC this past October.
Elena continues to work in NYC as an NASM-Certified Personal Trainer.
She loves her family, her seventy goats, seven dogs, multiple cats, and plentiful old trees to climb.