After training at The Drama Centre, London, Elaine, honed her craft as a performer, writer, director and teacher, in Europe, as a pioneer of physical, self devised, site specific theatre. After working with companies such as Common Stock, London and KISS International Theatre Laboratory, Holland, Elaine was invited to Sydney to teach at The Drama Studio in 1980, while continuing to performer and direct professionally.
Developing her unique training methodology, from her experience as an ‘experimental’ performer with the method based training of The Drama Centre, Elaine became a member of staff at NIDA, The Actor’s Centre and ATYP.
Gaining a BA in Communications from UTS, in film and writing, Elaine was awarded a Varuna Writers’ Centre scholarship and an AWG mentorship scheme. She set up the Northern Rivers Script Mentoring workshops and film directing workshops.
Combining her many talents, Elaine founded Talking Brief, holding Presentation and Communication skills workshops for Barristers to improve their performance in Court. Elaine went on to become one of Australia’s most highly regarded Communications Trainer and Corporate Role Player.
Recent teaching credits:
Hijinx Theatre 2014 – 2018 http://www.hijinx.org.uk/
Working with young performers with learning disabilities, Elaine focused on vocal and physical techniques. Whilst working with Hijinx, she introduced students to the works of Shakespeare, Dylan Thomas and the techniques of Pina Bausch. Students presented self-devised performances derived from the writers they studied, bringing the words to life through physical and vocal expression.
University of South Wales Performing Arts 2016
2nd Year Module: Towards Performance.
Acting techniques, script analysis and performance.
Self devised, storytelling projects.
1st Year Module: Site, Space and Place
Developing a site specific performance, through research out of the Glamorgan Archives on the legendary life of Jim Driscoll, the famous Welsh boxer and responding to the historical sites of early Irish settlement