Choreography & Teaching
A professional choreographer, director, teacher, and performer, with over 20 years experience using unique style and technique to transform movement into vibrant stories, and discipline into artistry.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- Tap • Theatre Dance• Jazz • Musical Theater repertoire • Scene Study • Song Analysis • Ballet • Irish Step
ALICE IN WONDERLAND Creativiva Summer 2018
DOLCE VITA Creativiva Summer 2018
HAIRSPRAY Gaslamp Players Winter 2018
OKLAHOMA Seton Hall University Spring 2017
OLIVER Gaslamp Players Winter 2016/2017
THE WHO'S TOMMY Alpine Theatre Project Aug 2014
GUYS AND DOLLS Alpine Theatre Project July 2014
BIG RIVER Alpine Theatre Project July 2014
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLY Ocean Professional Theatre Co. July 2013
PETER PANTAMIME Manhattan Movement & Arts Center Dec 2011 (Co-choreographer)
URBAN ENCOUNTERS BC/EFA Chicago & Sacramento July 2006
FOOTLOOSE (Assist. Dir.) Gaslamp Players July 2018
SING FOR OUR LIVES Vanguard Theater Company May 2018
Paper Mill Playhouse - Millburn, NJ. - Currently teaching scene study, musical theatre workshop and adult acting. Elisa is proud to be a member of the Education Dept at this TONY Award winning regional theatre.
Sharron Miller Academy of Performing Arts - Montclair, NJ. Currently teach theatre dance, creative movement and ballet - to ages 3 - Adult. http://www.smapa.org/
Rutgers Mason Gross Extension Division, New Brunswick, NJ - Autumn 2015 Taught master classes in movement and musical theater dance to select high school students, emphasizing storytelling through movement, emotional connection, technique and personalizing the material
Actors Connection’s Song & Dance Workshop, NYC- July 2015
Co-taught choreography from Broadway’s “On the Town” to international high school students, emphasizing personalized story telling through movement and song.
AMDA: New York, NY on faculty for Dance & Integrated Theater Dept. - 2011 - current
Taught audition technique, tap, jazz, musical theatre styles & ballet; emphasizing theatricality, technique and professionalism. Responsible for Curriculum Development & choreography.
CAP 21: New York, NY - Fall 2014
Taught Broadway style tap classes to intermediate and advanced level musical theater students.
Performers Theater Workshop Maplewood, NJ - Spring/Fall 2014
Taught acting, jazz, ballet, and theatre dance to ages 5-17 yrs, balancing creative play, discipline and individual expression. Also choreographed and directed a song & dance piece for the Spring Cabaret.
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA - March 2010
Taught a musical theater class, which integrated vocal exercises, acting technique, song deconstruction, performance technique and Broadway style choreography.
STEPS: New York, NY - Aug - Oct 2007
Taught Advanced-beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Tap classes, ages 13 - adult
Villa Victoria/Encorp Theater Summer Program: Trenton, NJ - June 2008 & 2009
Co-created, directed & choreographed a Broadway revue for junior high and high school students. Taught dance, music, theater technique and repertoire, while building self confidence & creativity.
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL PERFORMING EXPERIENCE
The Boston Conservatory:
Graduated Magna cum Laude with BFA in Musical Theater; choreography concentrate
“42nd Street” (Loraine), “Beauty & the Beast” (Silly Girl), “110 In The Shade” (Lily Ann Beasley) and “Finian’s Rainbow” (Sharon understudy/Dance Captain)