Elena Belyea

Elena Belyea

Elena Belyea is a queer playwright, performer, producer, and arts educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is Artistic Director of Tiny Bear Jaws (a little theatre company with teeth), former Artistic Director of the Common Ground Arts Society, and a co-founder of the Edmonton Found Festival, a showcase of multidisciplinary arts events that take place in non-traditional venues. She was a member of...
Elena Belyea is a queer playwright, performer, producer, and arts educator from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is Artistic Director of Tiny Bear Jaws (a little theatre company with teeth), former Artistic Director of the Common Ground Arts Society, and a co-founder of the Edmonton Found Festival, a showcase of multidisciplinary arts events that take place in non-traditional venues. She was a member of Nightwood Theatre's 2016-2017 Write from the Hip playwriting program and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (Playwriting). She has worked with the following companies: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, One Yellow Rabbit, Downstage Theatre, Centaur Theatre, Major Matt Mason Collective, Nightwood Theatre, Swallow-A-Bicycle, Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre, Théâtre Prospero, and Nextfest. She has mentored emerging writers and theatre makers for almost a decade through numerous arts organizations such as the University of Virginia’s Young Writers’ Workshop, The Citadel Theatre’s Foote Theatre School, the University of Alberta’s New Works Festival, to name a few.

Plays

  • Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable
    "You see, boys and girls... bad things happen to good people all the time. So, it’s our job to make sure we’re as prepared as possible for the innumerable threats that can and will come our way. And not just prepared prepared. Miss Katelyn prepared." Montreal, Columbine, Newtown, Orlando. Welcome coyotes to your last day of classes at Saint Joseph’s Elementary. Your teacher, Miss Katelyn, knows...
    "You see, boys and girls... bad things happen to good people all the time. So, it’s our job to make sure we’re as prepared as possible for the innumerable threats that can and will come our way. And not just prepared prepared. Miss Katelyn prepared." Montreal, Columbine, Newtown, Orlando. Welcome coyotes to your last day of classes at Saint Joseph’s Elementary. Your teacher, Miss Katelyn, knows the world is a dangerous place and her lifesaving lesson is about to begin. Winner of Best Production and Best New English Text at the 2015 Montreal Fringe Festival and recently translated into french, "Miss Katelyn's Grade Threes Prepare for the Inevitable" is a fast-paced comedic drama about panic in a post-truth world and one woman’s desperate attempt to keep her students out of harm’s way .
  • Smoke
    Two years after hooking up at a graduation party, Jordan shows up at Aiden's apartment, demanding why she's telling their mutual friends he sexually assaulted her. The smoke is thick and the town is burning. What will it take to put it out?
  • Cleave
    For 17-year old intersex Aaron, the new school year means a new chance at life. For Pina, another shot at head cheerleader. For Mark, open season. A stranger intersects with a family in exile from itself. Parents Paul and Carol struggle to keep their secrets from their children, desperate to know the truth. Like a surgeon’s knife before a first incision, the scalpel is poised and ready to slice.