Elena Andrews – Actress Bio:
Theatre experience: Elena has performed Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as in many scenes and monologues in University Drama Class including from As You Like It, Julius Caesar, A Taste of Honey, as well as a small roles in Anything Goes, Oliver and Peter Pan, as well as Lady Ella in Patience at the BBC Proms.
As a singer, Elena has performed all over the UK and Ireland, Italy, Australia and Poland, as well as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Wiesbaden, Strasbourg, Geneva, Quebec City, Montreal and New York.
Elena has worked with various stage directors including Sally Potter, Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, Martin Duncan, David Penn, Giles Havergal and Bartlett Sher.
Education: Masters of Music – Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
Master of Music Performance – University of Melbourne
Graduate Diploma of Opera – Victorian College of the Arts/University Of Melbourne
Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours (Voice), Victorian College of the Arts
Other studies: 2 years completed of Bachelor of Science degree (Physics)
At University, our drama classes were highly influenced by Stanislavsky and included Movement and Dance, Laban analysis as well as Fencing and basic stage combat.
Other Skills: Languages: Elena has excellent foreign language skills, particularly in Italian – plus reasonable German and French.
Music: Classically trained Soprano and Jazz vocalist, also suitable for Musical theatre and folk music. Elena also plays the flute, is an excellent choral conductor and talented whistler. (see link here)
Dancing: 2 years of Ballroom dancing classes, and Elena holds her Latin – Beginners Medal; as well as taking classes in modern Jazz and Funk. University classes included Movement classes, Fencing and basic stage combat.
Classical gesture and dance: Elena has studied Renaissance dance and Baroque gesture in Melbourne with early music specialist and researcher Helga Hill, former teacher and advisor to Dame Emma Kirkby.
Personal Life: “I love watching films, being on stage, performing live in theatre or singing! I love to travel, classic vintage fashion, evening-wear, discovering new, interesting food and meeting new people! While I technically live in Glasgow but work repeatedly in London, Australian and New York, amongst other places – I am rarely home!”
Giles Havergal must have thought he had died and gone to directorial heaven when the new cast for his second revival … was dropped on him….they look the part, they act the part…and vitally, they ARE the part… The Scotsman
The role has the potential to be a dull stock character – a naïve female victim. But [Elena] has it all: the adolescent playfulness of the Duke’s daughter, the youthful terror of the adult world she’s been thrust into… Limelight Magazine
Elena …shone in the small, but pivotal role of Lisa…., she was charming, vivacious and just a little bit saucy… She is unfailingly entertaining to watch…
Moving deftly from naivety to madness, [she] dazzled and touched us at the same time, with her sincere acting… Le Soleil
Passport/Nationality: Elena holds dual passports and as an EU citizen is entitled to work in the UK and as an Australian citizen, is also entitled to work in NZ.
Equity: Elena is a full member of Equity.