Elise has been recognized by the Matilda Awards on three occasions for her outstanding contribution to Queensland Theatre. She is an acting graduate from USQ and an Honors and Masters graduate from QUT, where she was awarded the University Medal. Elise also trained with Shakespeare & Company in Boston, USA, and has received three Goldie Awards for her voice over work. During 2017 Elise received a CentreScreen Award for her performance in the short film, Good Girls, which was screened at the Short Film Corner at Cannes Film Festival and New Filmmakers Festival in New York.
As an actor, Elise’s theatre credits include Swallow (Metro LCL), Spectate (Metro), Long Gone Lonesome Cowgirls (La Boite/QBFM), The Spirit of The Land (La Boite), Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (La Boite/QPAC), The Mayne Inheritance (La Boite), The Year Nick McGowan Came to Stay (La Boite), Explosions (QTC), Summer Rain (QTC), Modd Madame Butterfly (QTC), Sweet Phoebe, Two, Clark In Sarajevo (La Boite), Alive at Williamstown Pier, Jerusalem, Oleanna, The Big Picture, The Maids (green), The Vagina Monologues (green at Gardens Theatre) and Hopelessly Devoted for Glen Street, Sydney. Elise is currently the voice of Mrs. Kangaroo in Peppa Pig.
As a playwright, Elise was supported by Arts Queensland and The Australia Council to develop her first play, The Romany Project, as part of Metro’s Year of Independents. This was followed by Elise’s first full-length play, Crèche and Burn, which was a box office and critical success as part of La Boite’s 2005 mainhouse season and then received a 10-week national tour. Her next play, The Sweet Science of Bruising, was shortlisted for the 2010 Playwriting Australia Festival. This was followed by Hopelessly Devoted (Glen Street, Sydney), Flood (Short+Sweet) and All Aboard!, co-written for Bleach*2016. Her current play, Magpie, has been developed through Playlab’s Lab Rats and Beta Testing.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2018 LOCAL Co-Presentation / Poison
2017 L-C-L Co-Presentation, curated by Jo Thomas / Swallow