Elaine Magree (she/they/it)
writer - director - actor - teacher
Elaine is a Brady Fellow at ThreeGirlsTheatre where her new pandemic play AC/DC is currently in development. Her solo show PussyGrabbingRevenge played at TheatreFirst /Women’s Theatre Festival and was nominated for a Theatre Bay Area award for best solo show. Her previous solo performance, Holding the Edge at The Marsh, was also nominated for best solo performance was awarded the Sui Generis Achievement Award for offering “the public unique and remarkable insights to the pain, love and humor in the AIDs Community, transmuted into healing, through the alchemy of live theater".
She was director of The Artist in Residence Program and Co-Director of The New Music Theatre Project at The Z Space Studio in the 90’s and early 00’s. New work she developed, wrote or directed has been seen at The Marsh, Venue 9, The Working Women’s Theatre Festival, Brava, The Berkeley Piano Club, Solo Z, The Maritime Museum, The People’s Theatre Festival, and The National Women’s Theatre Festival.
She has also acted, directed or consulted at The Magic Theatre, The California Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Artaud, SOMAR, Solano Repertory Theatre, and at The 54th St Theatre in New York.
Her teaching includes years as adjunct faculty at Solano College’s Actor Training Program and at San Francisco City College. She also taught youth at The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, residents in Sacramento County jails, at Chrysalis Women’s Recovery Center and at a Sacramento County shelter for unhoused women.
Elaine is a theater-maker with ancestry from three continents. She identifies as metís (French/Indigenous). Some of her relatives lived on what is now the Frenchtown Historical Site (http://www.frenchtownwa.org/) and others currently live on and around The Confederated Tribes of The Umatilla Indian Reservation. Her understanding of her complex relationship to her ancestry is explored in her solo show Other seen at The Winnipeg and Minnesota Fringe Festivals and at The Exit Theatre in San Francisco.
She is a graduate of Pomona College with a BA in Theatre and has an MFA in Directing from UC Davis where she was a Regent’s Fellow. Working as a registered nurse in hospice and palliative care has contributed to her support of her family, art and activism.
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