Elle Thoni

Elle Thoni

Elle Thoni (they/them pronouns) is a femmebeast playwright, performance-maker, and public artist returning to relationship in this time of Great Unraveling. A lifelong student of myth, Elle’s performance works investigate how our sense of belonging, identity, and loss are changing with our climate. Their plays are odes to emergent ecologies, wherein humans are but one of the actors in a much larger drama. Elle...
Elle Thoni (they/them pronouns) is a femmebeast playwright, performance-maker, and public artist returning to relationship in this time of Great Unraveling. A lifelong student of myth, Elle’s performance works investigate how our sense of belonging, identity, and loss are changing with our climate. Their plays are odes to emergent ecologies, wherein humans are but one of the actors in a much larger drama. Elle draws from a divergent background in ensemble-devised performance, puppet & mask, and documentary theatre to create pieces that are as dynamic as the living systems they are inspired by. Their work has been funded by the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Born and raised on Dahkóta homelands in Minneapolis, Elle is a 2024 Dramatic Writing candidate at Carnegie Mellon University (Jaödeogë - Pittsburgh) as well as a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • Monstrous or A Short Narrative on an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits
    Mary's present-day search for an abortion provider lands them back in 1720s England, where they pass as Mary Toft - a historical figure notorious for giving birth to rabbits. A queer exploration of rage in the post-Roe era, Monstrous confronts restrictions on reproductive rights with absurdity and magic.

    Script available upon request
  • Queen B: A New Work of Honeybee Futurism
    100 years into the future, cities have sealed themselves under holographic domes to protect themselves from the inhospitable climate. Yet, when the robo-bee population begins to die off like their honeymaking ancestors, the fate of this new society rests upon the fading memories of the last living beekeeper, a (former?) revolutionary who goes by the name Queen B.

    Book & libretto by Elle...
    100 years into the future, cities have sealed themselves under holographic domes to protect themselves from the inhospitable climate. Yet, when the robo-bee population begins to die off like their honeymaking ancestors, the fate of this new society rests upon the fading memories of the last living beekeeper, a (former?) revolutionary who goes by the name Queen B.

    Book & libretto by Elle Thoni
    Music by Dameun Strange and Carlisle Evans-Peck
  • Bestiary of Rogues
    After a fatal fire at communal house in South Minneapolis, a band of urban animals come together to tell the story of what happened - or is it? Part documentary theatre and part punk folklore, Bestiary of Rogues sifts through the wreckage to find the difference between between fact and truth with tremendous heart.
  • Woolly
    As evolutionary biologist Dr. Robin Slater prepares for her Ted Talk, she and members of her family find themselves disappearing into the so-called "tundra" of their anxious imagination. When - and how - will they be able to find their way back to the present time and moment? Unapologetically weaving together fantasy, science, and documentary, Woolly is a play about the science of de-extinction and...
    As evolutionary biologist Dr. Robin Slater prepares for her Ted Talk, she and members of her family find themselves disappearing into the so-called "tundra" of their anxious imagination. When - and how - will they be able to find their way back to the present time and moment? Unapologetically weaving together fantasy, science, and documentary, Woolly is a play about the science of de-extinction and the liminal space between hope and heartbreak.
  • The first whale
    Natural history gets a redux in this queer retelling of the evolution of the whale from a land to sea mammal.